Fire safety legislation explained

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MCP, working with a managing agent, has been instructed to upgrade a number of common parts to meet the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Until recently fire safety was covered by about seventy pieces of fire safety legislation, the principal ones being the Fire Precautions Act 1961 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997/1999. However the regulations were simplified … Read More

Thames riverbank refurbishment

Riverbank Refurbishment - MCP - Commercial Building Consultants

One of the latest MCP projects involved the unique nature of undertaking the removal of vegetation from the riverbank wall along the Thames in order to assess the condition of the structure. Anyone contemplating works in any watercourse must consider the impact that such works may have, either directly or indirectly, to any other river users. Due to the complex logistics … Read More

Japanese knotweed nightmare

Japanese knotweed - MCP - Commercial Building Consultants

Japanese knotweed is a plant that can tear through buildings, paving and roads. It is notoriously difficult to clear and if you allow knotweed to spread and grow on to another person’s property you could be prosecuted. Brought to Britain because of the beauty of its red stems and deep green leaves it is now causing damage across the country … Read More

Why is asbestos dangerous?

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The dangers of asbestos are well known, or at least I thought they were until a colleague was recently told to drill through an asbestos wall by another contractor. Having worked in the building trade for over 30 years, and having known people who have contracted asbestosis, we thought it timely to remind people why asbestos is dangerous. When materials … Read More

Tackling concrete balcony, terrace and walkway repairs

Concrete balcony repairs - MCP - Commercial Building Consultants

Like all other parts of a property, balconies, terraces and walkways require maintenance and repairs. Most old balconies, terraces and walkways consist of concrete elements. Water will pool and penetrate if there is a lack of an effective waterproof membrane. This in turn will cause the concrete to deteriorate. Balconies, terraces and walkways will suffer cracks and corrosion caused by … Read More

Considering wooden flooring? Remember under floor ventilation

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Under floor ventilation is essential to stop damp build up. Put simply, damp is stale moist air trapped inside your house which will overtime rot the floorboards. If your wooden flooring is damp, musty, mouldy, and smelly or you have fungi growing then you will need to install under floor ventilation. The first step is to engage the services of a trained … Read More

When Finlock concrete guttering fails

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Finlock guttering is the term given to concrete gutters that were popular in buildings in the 1950s and 60s. Like many defects in concrete buildings of that era, the legacy of installing Finlock guttering has unearthed its own set of problems, both internal and external. Concrete was used for guttering after the Second World War because metal was scarce. Unlike … Read More

What to look out for when leasing a shop or commercial property

Leasing a commercial property - MCP - Commercial Building Consultants

The dream of running a shop is high on a number of people’s wish list but before you sign a lease make sure you get a detailed commercial property survey. Commercial property surveys tend to be more complex than a residential survey because the buildings are often larger and commercial properties are subject to a broader range of legislation. In … Read More

What is a licence to alter?

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If you live in a flat, whether it is purpose built or part of a converted house, and want to refurbish or make any changes it is likely that you will need to obtain a licence to alter. Depending on the conditions within your lease, it is likely you will require the landlord’s permission to carry out the proposed works, even if you own … Read More