Is your door a fire door?

In a block of flats it’s the leaseholders responsibility to ensure they install fire doors in their flat, as required under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO). The installation of fire doors must be conducted by a competent person and the Act defines such a person as one with the necessary expertise, qualifications, training and experience needed to … Read More

Solving Below Ground Drainage Problems

Advising clients on defects to external walls which we believe is due to a simple blocked drain can be difficult when you cannot physically see the issue. We usually recommend a CCTV inspection to safely detect the location of the blockage. It allows us to assess if there is any damage to the drain which, if blocked, maybe causing damage … Read More

Listed boundary wall reconstruction

MCP has been instructed to administer the reconstruction of an unsafe boundary wall extending along Quaker Lane in Isleworth, as part of our ongoing relationship with the Quaker Property Trust. The wall forms part of the Brentford and Isleworth Quaker Meeting House which was built in 1785 with later additions and is now a Grade II* listed building. The Brentford … Read More

Preventing basement flooding

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding is becoming more common. In recent months a number of neighbourhoods in London have experienced localised flooding due to torrential downpours. Parts of London received a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours, which not only effects roads and transport but has also severely damaged homes. MCP have recently installed a gas standby generator which … Read More

McCarthy Partnership Ltd now called MCP

Commercial building consultants McCarthy Partnership Ltd have rebranded to become MCP. The rebranding is in recognition that since the company was created in 2016 we have grown, both in the number of partners working at the company and in the range of topics that we can offer expert advice on to our client base. MCP had become the byword for McCarthy … Read More

EWS1 form explained


In recent months we have had several clients contacting us and asking for advice on completing an EWS1 form in relation to the external cladding of their building. What is an EWS1 form? An EWS1 form is a way for a residential building owner to confirm that the external wall system on their building has been assessed for safety by … Read More

Japanese knotweed: ‘Do Not Disturb’

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that spreads rapidly and can tear through buildings, paving and roads. It is notoriously difficult to clear and if you allow Japanese knotweed to spread and grow on to another person’s property you could be prosecuted. Japanese knotweed can grow 20cm a day and can cause damage to your house’s foundations, drainage systems and … Read More

Flat roof defects

Flat Roof Defects

When replacing a flat roof, controlling condensation is a key issue both to protect the structure of the roof but to also comply with roofing standards. One of the main British Standards for roofing was completely overhauled in 2018 and new guidelines published. The new guidance is under Section 4.7 Surface Condensation in BS 6229:2018 and replicates Building Regulation Guidance … Read More

The Great Staycation

MCP- The Great Staycation

In this new world-order I don’t know whether to be annoyed, just laugh at it all or bang my head against the nearest wall. However, one silver lining in this crazy world is the staycation and the opportunity to find different building techniques on your travels around the UK. The main picture is a great example is what appears to … Read More