Out and About in February…

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February has been a busy month for developing Health and Safety Files for the CDM-C team at RTP (Sue Wilton, Alistair Strachan and Harriet Parkin). As the RTP CDM specialist, Sue has been grateful for help in this from Jane, our new secretary at the Bodmin office. CDM training has been ongoing, both internally and externally, with plans in motion for Sue to present a CDM Regulations Update seminar for the RICS in the spring, following publication of the new Regulations.

Alistair Strachan has been busy overseeing repair works on a front elevation and the rebuilding of a porch to a terrace house in Falmouth, as well as preparing for refurbishment of two storey house also in Falmouth. He has also been carrying out drawing work for the Tolmen Centre in Constantine. The Tolmen Centre is Constantine’s Community Hall building up a reputation in the Cornish arts community. It houses a café and theatre space. Drawings have been produced to provide information for visiting theatre companies.

Nathan Dean has spent much of February working on flying freehold and Grade II Listed building queries on several properties in Port Isaac, as well as project managing a barn conversion that is now on site in North Cornwall.

John Darbyshire has been working with a landlord and commercial agent to reconfigure and refurbish a Grade II Listed building on Lemon Street, Truro to accommodate new tenants. Works are due to commence in March and will be managed by RTP. He has also been focusing on obtaining Planning and Building Regulations Consent for clients wishing to reconfigure an existing property and open a new restaurant in Falmouth. All being well they will be open for business in the spring.

Grenville Tresidder and Andrew Miller have been working on a conversion project in Truro, as well as inviting contractors to tender for the demolition of an existing garage, followed by construction of a new garage with a workshop, in Port Navas. Grenville, along with Richard Collett, has also been focusing on the tendering process for works on a loft conversion in Penryn, with the proposed works beginning after Easter.

In addition to our surveying work, RTP is a proud member of the Cornwall 100 Club – a group of like-minded businesses believing in social responsibility at a grass roots level that come together to offer financial support to Cornish communities – with Richard Collett being a regular attendee. He was pleased to be asked to present a grant cheque for £498 to Page2stage in Saltash on the Club’s behalf.

Page2stage is a small, not for profit, young person’s theatre group based in Saltash. They aim to give young people between 7 and 17 years of age the opportunity to perform and develop their skills and potential through singing, dancing and acting.

In terms of projects, Richard has been organising works to rebuild a large private house in Penelewey following a devastating fire. He has been working with the homeowner and the insurance company firstly to arrange the demolition of the majority of the property, which is anticipated to take place during March. A Planning Application has been submitted and a specification is currently being prepared for the rebuilding works.

Richard has also been busy carrying out Quinquennial Surveys on six church-owned apartments.

Richard Thomas has been ensuring our clients are up to speed on the changes that have taken place with regards to roofing regulations. He says, “The British Standard for roofing was updated last August 2014 and there has been a transition period for 6 months. This finished at the end of February 2015. BS 5534 now requires all ridges and hips to be mechanically fixed and it is no longer permitted to bed ridge and hip tiles on a mortar. Upgraded requirements have also been put in place for additional fixings of single lap tiles and breathable felts.

These requirements have been put in place due to an increase in extreme weather conditions and also to bring British Standards into greater alignment with European Standards.”

If you require further advice on these regulations please contact Richard Thomas on 01326 318599, or email Richard@rtpsurveyors.co.uk