Thursday, 27 November 2014

New Build Dwelling & Garage

This unique secluded plot with views out across the North Cheshire Greenbelt has been the site of a cottage for around a century. The existing building has been heavily modified with extensions and outbuildings over many decades, giving a fair size of accommodation but with undesirable aesthetics and to outdated construction & energy performance standards.

Site Plan
Site Plan
Working alongside Emery Planning Partnership and Border Oak, CB3 Design has attained planning permission for a replacement dwelling for the site.

Proposed Elevations
Proposed Elevations

The design centres the dwelling around a large open plan kitchen / dining / family space which maximises the views over the open countryside. The client opted for a timber frame construction, some of which is exposed externally with brick and render finishes used alongside.

Friday, 21 November 2014

CDM Regulation Changes

HSE Public Consultation
CDM Consultation

From April 2015 the CDM (Construction Design and Management) Regulations are expected to change. There is a consultation document out for comment at present (click on the image above). These regulations cover Health & Safety of construction projects and are being updated to remain fit for purpose, to tie in with European Directives and in an attempt to reduce unnecessary paperwork which is seen as hindering safety improvements.

For larger projects much will remain as it currently is. However, for small building sites and residential clients which were previously exempt there will be changes. It has been identified incidents of injuries on small construction sites have not decreased at the same rate as those on larger projects. Proposed changes are likely to put additional responsibilities on clients, which may include welfare of site operatives and assuring the competence of contractors and consultants appointed.

A new role of ‘Principle Designer’ will take a lead on Health and Safety at the design stage of any project. This will better enable CDM issues to be designed out rather than forcing amendments as an afterthought of a design.

A finalised draft of the revised regulations is expected in early January 2015.