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Why Carry Out A Construction Feasibility Study?

There are a number of different phases that a construction project must go through before building can begin, one of these is a construction feasibility study carried out by a reputable construction management firm. In this article, we will be taking a look at exactly what a construction feasibility study is, and why they’re so important to the construction process as a whole. What is a construction feasibility study? Essentially, a construction feasibility study aims to find out whether the construction company in question can feasibly take on the project that they’re intending to. This means that the company’s financial situation…

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Why Are Mixed-Use Developments Becoming More Popular in the UK?

Mixed-use developments have existed for a while now, but in recent times they have become more popular with property developers. Across the UK, we’re seeing buildings spring up where apartments are nested on a complex of shops, restaurants and leisure spaces. But why are these buildings so popular now? Use of space One of the key drivers behind the increase in multi-purpose developments is using space more effectively. Horizontal, multi-use developments may retain some of the benefits of their vertical counterparts – such as the combination of living, leisure and work – but they require a large amount of land to…

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Retirement Villages Explained [with graphics]

In later life, it becomes important to ensure our loved ones can enjoy a high standard of living while also having access to care as and when required. Social care options have grown in recent years, and retirement villages have become an attractive option for seniors looking for a lifestyle transition. So what are retirement villages? How are they run and what do they have to offer residents that traditional care homes simply can’t? What makes a retirement village? Retirement villages are built around independent living inside a social, active community setting. They’re built to serve all the needs of residents…

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Changes To CDM Requirements Part 2: The Implications

These regulations came into force on 6th April 2015 but for most projects already underway these have been managed under interim measures with the existing parties being employed, however as of 6th October 2015 all projects both new and existing will have to be managed under the New Regulations. There was, just before and for a while after, some speculation on the effect and actual practical management of the new Regulations, however, new guidance has been published and initial draft documents have been issued giving a clear picture:- The Key changes are as follows: All projects must have:- a) A written…

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What Are Permitted Development Rights?

Introduction to Permitted Development Rights Lots of people are still considering their options when it comes to developing their homes and creating better living spaces, despite all of the positivity on the housing market right now. With dreams of a lavish extension or a loft conversion, many will be wondering about planning permission and other red tape which they might see as a barrier to getting the work done to their home. What most people might not realise however is that they have certain rights to build or construct additions to their home. These are called permitted development rights and exist…

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