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Government saving more than £1.2 billion by reducing its estate

Government has reduced its estate by the equivalent of 26 Buckingham Palaces, saving more than £1.2 billion since 2010. The latest State of the Estate Report shows that the government’s estate rationalisation strategy is continuing to deliver savings for taxpayers and foster economic growth. The government has reduced the size of its estate by 2 million square metres – the…

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UK Building Regulations Books you should read as a designer or architect

We’ve put together a list of the most important UK building regulations books in the industry. From historical presentation of Building Control in the United Kingdom and through the final stages of project delivery, these highly informative materials will surely bring value to your investment and organisation. If you are starting your development in London and surroundings, we are most…

New cafe and creative space in Walthamstow: Gnome House

A new cafe and creative space on Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow moved a step closer in February 2014 when planning permission was granted for the Gnome House. Gnome House will be a new community and creative space in Walthamstow, East London, minutes from Blackhorse Road tube. With affordable office and studio space it is due to become a hub for creative…

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London architecture: the best guide available

Most of the pedestrians in London seem to walk with their eyes fixed firmly on the pavement – perhaps searching for the gold that they hope to find there. But the real treasure of London lies at or above eye-level in the architecture that lines every street, and it is a genuine pleasure to get lost on its historic streets…

Home Extensions: 7 absolutely essential books

So you are actually considering building that house extension (or home extensions, should you have more than one house and business is thriving). With the support materials that exist nowadays, the free advice you can find online and the specialised publications and websites, we’d encourage you to go for it. Or you can save yourself the substantial headache and hire…

UK strengthens energy performance requirements in Part L of the Building Regulations

The UK Government strengthens energy performance requirements in Part L (conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations and wound down. The note sets out how government intends to proceed with each of the standards examined in the Housing standards review consultation. Part L of the Building Regulations has been amended in 2013 and includes new versions of L1A, L2A,…

Waltham Forest Council’s quick guide to home extensions

Waltham Forest Council has created a brief guide to home extensions and alterations and it can be accessed for free on its website (you will need a PDF reader). The document, its said is an “Extract from Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD” adopted in 2010. This document is a shortened version of Waltham Forest’s Residential Extensions and Alterations Supplementary Planning…