Out and About in June

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Summer is officially here and, for part of June at least, was kind enough to bring some much appreciated sunshine to the county. Here is what a two members of the team got up to last month.

Sue Wilton continued to assist colleagues with the implementation of the Principal Designer role under the new CDM Regulations 2015, now applied to all of their design schemes, including domestic projects, as well as commercial and public sector developments. In addition to providing training and advice to clients, Sue continued to work on a number of Health and Safety Files being completed for handover to clients, as valuable records of the safety matters they need to know about in planning for the care, maintenance and alteration of their buildings. She had taken a well-earned vacation in May, so was back in June fresh and raring to go.

Nathan Dean enjoyed surveying a Vicarage for the diocese which included additional interest in the potentially dangerous outbuildings and retaining walls. He had all the right equipment with him to make sure he could attend the site and report thoroughly, whilst keeping safe. Nathan also oversaw some repair work carried out by a vendor for a client who was purchasing the property, after RTP had identified the required floor repair during our pre-purchase survey. He was also instructed to inspect some incomplete and defective building work to an extension to a residential dwelling. Unfortunately, Nathan identified 72 defects, but after giving recommendations to remedy them, the building’s future is looking much brighter.

To close June, we would like to highlight some recent news that is useful to those wishing to consider and support small builders and building firms.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced that small builders are to receive a £100m cash boost in recognition of their role in keeping the country building.

As part of the Housing Growth Partnership, the money will act as an initiative to invest in new developments alongside smaller builders, providing money to support small businesses, help get workers on to sites and increase the housing supply. The Partnership will also establish a network of builders, including experienced developers, who can act as mentors and advisers to those looking to expand and grow their businesses.

Here at RTP, we like to support small and local wherever we can, and think this is a great development.