Gateway Building Control fully supported the Interim Report, however, the direction of the recommendations included in the finalised report appears to be far removed from the initial recommendations. We agree with RIBA that the review will not deliver the changes needed and are dismayed that combustible cladding can potentially still be used on high rise buildings, use of sprinkler systems has not been encouraged and secondary means of escape from high rise buildings as been overlooked.
During the period of its evidence gathering The Hackitt Review appeared to be making substantial progress. However, whilst acknowledging the overall aims and spirit of the report, we are very disappointed that the final report has failed to live up to expectations. Despite being an active contributor to the process, many of these latest recommendations have come as a great surprise, particularly around the role of Approved Inspectors.
The Approved Inspector system in its current form has been around for 22 years and has evolved into a highly competent, effectively resourced and externally audited system. There is no evidence to support the concerns raised in the report, but despite this and the fact that Approved Inspectors were not involved with Grenfell Tower, it appears we are being bypassed in favour of the under resourced and unregulated Local Authority Building Control system.
Whilst we acknowledge that the review was not about Grenfell Tower, concerns were raised by resident bodies during evidence gathering that the Local Authority carrying out the building control process on its own buildings showed a lack of independence. This concern has not been addressed in the review. We are seriously concerned that the Local Authority System does not have the capacity, competence or the regulatory requirements to fulfil the role suggested in the report, particularly with the current pressures on public sector finance.
We also believe that many of the recommendations will provide a barrier to development at a time when housebuilding is a priority.
Despite these concerns we do support the overall aims and spirit of the review and are pleased that the Government has announced further consultation on the issue of combustible cladding and many of the other recommendations.
Gateway Building Control are very pleased to announce a new surveyor to the team; Dominic Stott.
Dominic joins us with over 10 years construction experience as a bricklayer/site manager with a Bacholer of Science Degree (BSc Hons) in Construction Management.
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have employed an experienced and enthusiastic team member.
Dominic will be undertaking 3 month intensive 1-to-1 on the job training before doing site inspections on his own. Dominic has also obtained Associate membership with CABE, in his first weeks employment with a view to gaining full membership when experienced.
If you are interested in a career at Gateway Building Control, or work experience, please contact us.
Following February's presentation to the Forum for the Built Environment, Robert was invited to join the fbe and gratefully accepted. The fbe is the leading independent built environment networking organisation.
By focusing on the built environment rather than just the property sector they bring together a wide variety of professionals.
Today they have over 1000 members nationwide from a wide variety of backgrounds - multinational construction companies, cost consultants, architects and designers, property developers, engineers, planners and consultants, legal & financial specialists and other service professionals.
Robert was invited by the fbe to give a presentation on the fire regulations following the Grenfell Fire Disaster in June 2017
He provided an introduction and overview to the event itself, detailed what we know so far and discussed the police investigation with regards to corporate manslaughter offences. He also discussed the enquiry and lessons learnt so far. The scale of the problem, as in other buildings with ‘unsafe’ cladding and what the future holds.
Robert provided as up to date review as possible on this ever changing subject. Hopefully we will be invited back to provide a follow-up presentation on developments from the Inquiry and Hackitt Review.
This month Dame Judith Hackitt published the Interim Report for the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The final report is due in spring 2018.
Gateway Building Control have provided comments and feedback during the process and will continue to do so. We also give our full and unconditional support to Dame Hackitt’s Report, we believe this is long overdue and we wholeheartedly agree with the issues identified and the direction of the report.
It is considered that we at Gateway Building Control already have procedures in place as part of our ISO accreditation and IT systems which will cover the majority of the recommendations made and will continue to seek ways to improve our services.
Gateway Building Control have successfully joined CABE as a Company Partner. Joining the ranks of long established and highly respected companies, such as, LABC, Premier Guarantee, AEDIS and Butler & Young.
We are very proud of our CABE Partnership and the CABE Royal Charter is a benchmark of excellence setting the highest standard within Construction.
By joining the scheme we demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and competency and will promote excellence by:
On Sunday 20th August 2017 Gateway Building Control will be having a stand at what is billed as the largest gathering of period home owners, enthusiasts and specialists in the Eastern Region.
An opportunity will be provided for individuals to book a 15 minute free consultation.
Entry to the event is free and a welcome pack will be available from the Richard Green Stand.
For more information please click here; www.therichardgreenperiodhomesevent.co.uk
Following a successful submission of a technical report and professional interview with the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, we are proud to announce Ricky Paterson has achieved the much deserved Chartered Building Engineer Status.
This demonstrates Ricky's professional standing and level of competence that our clients and fellow professionals can rely on.
Gateway Building Control have produced a brief guide covering the new requirement, Part R. Please find link PDF copy. We would be pleased if you could circulate this in your work place and share it with other interested parties. The purpose of the guide is to provide an overview, if you have any specific questions relating to the subject, you are welcome to contact us.
Gateway Building Control is now registered with the Planning Portal directory for Approved Inspectors.
Since 2002, the Planning Portal has helped to transform the planning process, making information and services simpler and more accessible for those involved in the process, be that applicants or agents. They have processed over 2 million Planning Applications and are now expanding their service to include Building Control.
We are pleased to announce that within 18 months of trading, Gateway Building Control has been awarded ISO:9001 Accreditation from British Standards Institute (BSI). This is a remarkable achievement for such a young company and demonstrates our exceptional quality of service, customer focus and compliance. This internationally adopted Certification is recognised as the global benchmark for quality management systems.
In 2015 we established this company with a view of improving industry standards and offering customers a higher level of service, it is now our intention to maintain and continuously improve service provision whilst continuing to be financially competitive.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Ricky Paterson at Gateway Building Control.
Ricky has a wealth of experience in the construction industry and more recently has worked as a Building Control surveyor within a Local Authority and a Private Approved Inspector.
Ricky will be undertaking plan checking and site inspections throughout East Anglia to meet the demands of our every increasing portfolio of projects.
Gateway Building Control is now a registered training affiliate of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers. For more informaiton please follow the link to the CABE website; https://www.cbuilde.com/membership/membership-grades/training-affiliate/current-training-affiliate/
Mike, Leigh & Robert welcome new staff to Gateway Building Control. Janette Stevens joined the team in February and is assisting Leigh with administration. Janette has over 10 Years experience of working within a Local Authority Planning Department, whilst Mikey has joined as a trainee Building Control Surveyor following the completion of a Business Studies course at West Suffolk College.
We all at Gateway Building Control undertake continuous professional development (CPD) and last night we had the pleasure of attending a seminar in Ipswich by Alan Creasey of QR Consultancy.
On occasions CPD events can be less than informative with trade companies trying to persuade that their product is more superior, this wasn't the case last night.
Alan clearly is very passionate and extremely knowledgeable on the subject of historic buildings. We enjoyed the event thoroughly and highly recommend anyone interested in arranging CPD or training events on the subject of conservation and heritage to look no further and contact Alan.
The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) selected Gateway Building Control Director - Robert Donaghy, for their Spotlight article in Building Engineer Magazine for the August 2015 Edition.
CABE have very strong links with the Building Control sector and are doing a honourable job of raising the profile of Building Control and industry standards.
Mike and Robert are excited to announce that we have a new full time member of the team.
Leigh Mayhew has joined us as Operations Manager and will essentially be office based, registering appointments and coordinating daily activities. Leigh is also due to emabark on the road to gaining ISO 9001 accrediation for Gateway Building Control.
Mike and Robert consider themselves very lucky to have Leigh onboard with his wealth of experience in Building Control administration and management procedures.