Concrete isn’t a 1960’s invention

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Britain was part of the Roman Empire for over 350 years. The Romans arrived in AD 43 and left in 410 and during this period they built eight thousand miles of road. Pre-Roman Britain already had an Iron-Age culture, however the society and economy was almost entirely rural and it was the Romans who introduced urban culture and architecture. The … Read More

Celebrating women in the built environment

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To commemorate International Women’s Day, we at MCP chose five women who have had, or are having, a positive impact on our built environment. For us, Jane Jacobs stands alone. Her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities is one of the most influential books on urban design. Jane literally took on City Hall, when she challenged Robert Moses’ … Read More

Is condensation a problem in your home?

Condensation is a problem in most dwellings and is usually caused by the behaviour of the people who live in them. Therefore, better understanding of the causes of condensation could eradicate the problem from your home. Condensation can be explained as a simple relationship between hot and cold air and is formed when water vapour saturates the air. There are … Read More

A quick guide to Building Information Modelling (BIM)

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What is Building Information Modelling (BIM)? The promise of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the ability to build a structure virtually prior to physically constructing it. In doing this, we allow project participants to design, analyse and explore a project through a digital environment. However, it is important to state that BIM is not just a software model. To successfully implement BIM … Read More

From the Great Fire of London rises the surveyor

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In advance of the Housing White Paper, we look back at the evolution of the building surveyor This year marks the 350th anniversary of the passing of the London Building Act, which was a result of the Great Fire of London. The story of the Great Fire’s beginnings in Pudding Lane in 1666, and how it devastated vast swathes of the City, is … Read More

Four things to consider to avoid basements litigation

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The explosive growth in the construction of basements in London has given rise to a corresponding increase in litigation as adjoining owners seek to protect their properties and to curb the extent of the building owners’ works. There is a recent case in West London in relation to basement foundations, Chaturachinda v Fairholme, which is worth bearing in mind if … Read More

4 Simple Steps for Distribution Merchants to Kickstart their Online Adventure

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3 Ways Your Fear of using Software is Crippling Your Business

What is Lorem Ipsum? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic … Read More

Inventory Headaches? 3 Ways to Relieve Your Pain

What is Lorem Ipsum? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic … Read More