In construction, “underpinning” is the process of strengthening the foundation of an existing structure in order to provide stability in cases where the original foundation is not strong enough. In respect of building safety, the Hackitt Report seeks to change the ethos of the industry by strengthening the existing foundations and introducing new ideas to build upon them.
In my previous blog, I concluded my review of how the roles and responsibilities of the key CDM duty holders may be applied to Higher Risk Residential Buildings (“HRRBs”). In this blog, I will explore the Hackitt Report’s recommendation for the introduction of a ‘golden thread’ of quality building information and what that means for Principal Designers and Principal Contractors.
It is not uncommon to find old buildings in Central London relying on a secondary means of escape over adjoining property, based on an old Deed providing for a right of escape (sometimes mutual). It can be very difficult, especially post Grenfell, to make an old building compliant with a single staircase means of escape, if the secondary means of escape ceases for any reason. Firstly, it may not be possible (for e.g. the single staircase may not have sufficient capacity), secondly, the cost may be prohibitive and/or thirdly it may restrict the potential uses of the building in the future.
In my previous blog I provided an overview of the history of health and safety legislation, and analysed the Hackitt report’s recommendation that the CDM Regulations should be extended to HRRBs. I concluded by looking at how the proposals may impact clients (as defined by the CDM Regulations). I continue the theme in this blog by reviewing the potential implications on the other CDM duty holders – Designers, Contractors, Principal Designers and Principal Contractors.
In December 2017, the government announced that it would ban the sale of houses on a leasehold basis and prohibit developers from selling leases of flats or houses that contain an obligation to pay ground rent. The government is also committed to making it cheaper and easier for existing leaseholders to buy-out their freehold. The Law Commission is considering three projects - read more