Construction and engineering blog

Our construction and engineering blog offers updates and commentary on the latest legal news affecting those working in the construction and engineering industry.


    The budget and the construction industry

    Chancellor’s first budget of 2023 may have been called a “Back to Work” budget but it included some key measures focused on infrastructure and development, and the government’s commitment to achieve net zero by 2050. Here is a summary of the key points for the construction industry:
    3 min read

    Building Safety: Staircases

    In December 2022 the Government launched a consultation (which runs until March 17) on the following: New residential buildings over 30 metres (around 10 storeys) to be required to have 2 staircases.  It said that there would  be a very short transition period for this and the consultation encourages all developments to prepare for this change now            Sprinkler systems to be installed in new care homes of all heights (or as an alternative with a minimum of 10 beds as the threshold).
    1 min read

    The 14 February 2022 - A day to remember…..for building safety reasons.

    Valentine’s Day 2022 is the day which the Building Safety Act decrees is the date to be used to ascertain if a lease is a “qualifying lease” (see blogs by Kate Rushworth  and Lauren Michaelides as to what are qualifying leases and what that means for both landlords and leaseholders). The 14 February 2022 is known in the Act as  “the qualifying time”.
    2 min read

    Building Safety - Remediation Orders

    Our building safety blogs over the last few weeks have explained what, if any, contributions can be sought from a landlord from leaseholders for remedial works for cladding and building safety risks where these work are required to be undertaken to buildings which are at least 11 metres or 5 storeys high and contain at least two dwellings.  However, what happens if the landlord does not undertake the necessary cladding or building safety risk works? 
    2 min read

    Qualifying leases (Part 4) - what are landlord and leaseholder certificates?

    To explain landlord and leaseholder certificates, it is worth a reminder that: A building safety risk is set out in the Building Safety Act as a “risk to the safety of people in or about the building arising from the spread of fire or structural failure”; and Landlords will be required to pay for all costs for building safety risks where the Landlord as ‘involved’ in the works and/or they meet a certain financial threshold.
    3 min read

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