Get to know Michael Fussell

Get to know Michael Fussell   Michael Fussell has recently joined our team as the Regional Manager for Wales, based in Swansea. Michael brings with him extensive experience and a proven track record in the field. As Regional Manager, Michael will play a pivotal role in providing...

What do the New 2023 Building Regulations Mean for Building Developers?

What do the New 2023 Building Regulations Mean for Building Developers? Making sure you stay up to date with the latest regulations on building development is important to ensure that your projects are fully compliant with government regulations. This leads to more sustainable buildings, better living conditions...

Cook Brown Building Control 10 Year Anniversary Timeline

We’re celebrating our tenth year in business!   We’ve reflected on this milestone by recounting our achievements year on year to see how much we have progressed in 10 years. 2013 – James Cook and Matt Brown launch Cook Brown Building Control from their dining room tables...

The Differences between English and Welsh Building Regulations

What are the Differences between English and Welsh Building Regulations? In 2011, the powers on Building Regulations in Wales were devolved to their local authorities. This has meant, since then, a number of regulatory differences between English Building Regulations and Welsh Building Regulations have occurred. Navigating these...

New changes to the Building Regulations

Changes to the Building Regulations 2023   Important information for clients, designers and contractors In this article, we’re delving into the upcoming changes in building regulations set to take effect on October 1st, 2023. These updates are designed to enhance safety, sustainability, and efficiency in construction projects...

Who is Responsible for Building Regulations in the UK?

Who is Responsible for Building Regulations in the UK? Making sure your building meets regulations is imperative. Not only does this ensure you meet all legal requirements, but it also keeps the safety and standards of your projects and buildings kept at a high level. Cook Brown...

Meet our London Surveying Team

Meet our London Surveying Team   Our team of technical experts have extensive experience in all types of construction projects. They provide a pro-active approach to compliance and can work directly with the design team and contractors to ensure a non-bureaucratic, hassle-free Building Control Service. We have...

The Homebuyers Property Inspection Checklist

Whether you’re moving into a new build or buying a property from someone, you’ll want to make sure your new home meets all your expectations and doesn’t become an on-going DIY project. This means you’ll have to do a thorough investigation of the property and consider a...

The Building Safety Act 2022 and Associated Legislation 2023

The Building Safety Act 2022 and Associated Legislation 2023 Introduction Following the Grenfell disaster on 14 June 2017 and resultant Hackitt Review, Government has put in place legislation that changes the building safety regulatory landscape for tall residential occupancy type buildings. Following the enactment of The Building...

Successfully granted Approved Inspector Licence Renewal

Successfully granted Approved Inspector Licence Renewal   We are very pleased to announce that we have been granted approval from CICAIR for the renewal of our Approved Inspector Licence. To ensure that professional standards are maintained, and that the relevant legislation and the CICAIR Code of Conduct...

Proud sponsors of an Elephant Pump in Africa

Proud sponsors of an Elephant Pump in Africa   Here, at Cook Brown, we are aware that keeping our team hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day. As a result, we decided to invest in watercoolers from AquAid. Our unique...

When Do You Need a Building Inspector?

When Do You Need a Building Inspector? Building inspectors are important for safety, quality, and compliance. It’s therefore crucial to understand what a building inspector does, the perks of using a building inspector, and the key stages of a project they can help with. This article from...

Introducing our Specialist Projects Team

Introducing our Specialist Projects Team   Our Specialist Projects Team provide Building Regulations and Inspection support to duty-holders (Investors, Developers, Constructors, Fire Engineers, Project Managers, Architects and Landlords), that satisfy the new Building Safety Regulatory changes. The team have many years’ experience providing Building Control Approved Inspector...

What is Permitted Development in the UK?

What is Permitted Development in the UK? For most types of construction work in the UK, planning permission is required for the local authorities to manage and regulate different aspects of building work. Planning permission also helps protect buildings and areas which need to be conserved. Some...

What Are the Costs Involved with Building Inspection

Building inspections play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and integrity of structures, whether it’s a residential property, commercial building, or construction project. These inspections involve a thorough examination of the property by a qualified building inspector to identify any potential issues and ensure all work...

Get to know – Andy Wilkes (Associate Director)

Get to know – Andy Wilkes (Associate Director)   Tell us about your experience, have you always been in Building Control, if not how did you get into it? “Not at all! My first job was as a butcher which was a great grounding for customer service...

Get to know – David Hartill (Operations Director)

Get to know – David Hartill (Operations Director)   Tell us about your experience, have you always been in Building Control, if not how did you get into it? “From secondary school days, I always wanted to be a building surveyor and left school after GCSE’s to...

Get to know – Steve Lucking (Operations Director)

Get to know – Steve Lucking (Operations Director)   Tell us about your experience, have you always been in Building Control, if not how did you get into it? “From my teen years, I used to help out a local builder during school holidays. I was intrigued...

Get to know – Dave Allen (Building Control Director)

Get to know – Dave Allen (Building Control Director)   Tell us about your work experience, have you always been in Building Control, if not how did you get into it? “I started my career in building control in 1985 after dropping out of a Planning Degree...
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What is a Building Completion Certificate?

Whether you’re building a new house or making important renovations to a building then you’ll need a completion certificate to confirm the building work has been done to the right standard. The process of getting a completion certificate requires a competent and reliable building control professional surveyor...

Update to Application Process

Update to Application Process New Dwellings   The latest version of Approved Document R of the Building Regulations: Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks came into effect on 26th December 2022. Its intention is to provide the infrastructure for new dwellings, or other buildings that are...

What is an Approved Inspector?

What is an Approved Inspector? In the UK, most construction projects and building work is required to comply with the Building Regulations — the legal minimum standards for design, construction and alterations developed by Government. This approval is needed to ensure that any new construction work, alterations...

What is the Importance of Building Inspections for Apartments?

What is the Importance of Building Inspections for Apartments? Ensuring the work completed on apartment blocks is of the upmost importance for its residents. Due to the nature of high-rise buildings special considerations need to be taken into account for the safety of the inhabitants before it...

Kane to take on National 3 Peaks and Yorkshire 3 Peaks in 48 hours

Kane to take on National 3 Peaks and Yorkshire 3 Peaks in 48 hours Kane Loughton, Building Control Surveyor for Cook Brown Building Control is set to take on a difficult challenge this spring in aid of Bradford Inclusive Disability Service (B.I.D.S). Kane’s little brother Joel sadly...

Meet your local area Surveyor: Bristol

Meet your local area Surveyor: Bristol   Last but not least, we have reached the office where Cook Brown Building Control first started trading from, Bristol. Fourth in our series of getting to know our South West Surveyors is, Richard Ferris. Richard joined Cook Brown in 2015...

10 Top Tips for Planning an Extension to your Home

10 Top Tips for Planning an Extension to Your Home Extensions are a great way to maximise space. It is one of the biggest investments most people make so planning your extension thoroughly can save you serious pennies, not to mention ensure you have exactly what you...

Meet your local area Surveyor: Bath

Meet your local area Surveyor: Bath   Third in our series of getting to know our South West Surveyors is, Paul Stevens. Moving up through Devon and Somerset, next we’re heading slightly more North East to Bath. We asked Paul a few questions about his background, his...

Meet your local area Surveyor: Somerset

Meet your local area Surveyor: Somerset   Moving our way up through Devon towards Somerset, we would like to introduce to you Alistair Clark who covers the Somerset and Dorset region. Find out more about Alistair’s typical working day, his work background and his project experience below...

Meet your local area Surveyor: Plymouth

Meet your local area Surveyor: Plymouth   First in the series of getting to know our South West Surveyors is Chris Maslen. Chris is based in our Plymouth office, covering here and the surrounding area. We asked him some questions to find out more about his work...

Spotlight on the South West! Meet your local area Surveyor

Spotlight on the South West! Meet your local area Surveyor   Cook Brown Building Control operate nationally across England and Wales, including a large presence in the South West of England. In this area we have 18 Building Control Surveyors that cover all areas from Bristol and...

Energy Innovation Award Nominations Now Open

Energy Innovation Award Nominations Now Open   We are excited to have launched the last Cook Brown Award of 2022: Energy Innovation Award. The aim of this award is to recognise and reward a project and team that have emonstrated innovative practices and design skills that incorporates...

Design Excellence Award Shortlist Announced!

Design Excellence Award Shortlist Announced! We are excited to be announcing the 2022 shortlist for our Design Excellence Award. The aim of this award is to recognise and reward a project and team that have demonstrated innovative design skills whilst incorporating sustainable features. We want to show...

Meet the Cook Brown Building Control Awards judging panel

Meet the Cook Brown Building Control Awards judging panel   Our Cook Brown Awards are back in full swing! With the cut off time to make nominations for our Design Excellence Award coming up at the end of August, we thought it would be a great time...

Getting to know our new Associate Director, Andrew Wilkes

Getting to know our new Associate Director, Andrew Wilkes   Andrew Wilkes joined us in May as a new Associate Director. Andrew has an extensive career in Building Control and has a lot of ideas and knowledge to bring to the team. We caught up with Andrew...

Design Excellence Award

We are delighted have launched our Cook Brown Building Control Design Excellence Award. Applications are now open! The aim of this award is to recognise and reward a project and team that have demonstrated innovative design skills whilst incorporating sustainable features. We want to show recognition to...

Providing Approved Inspector services for exciting new Luxe Fitness site in iconic Bristol City Centre building, Beacon Tower

Providing Approved Inspector services for exciting new Luxe Fitness site in iconic Bristol City Centre building, Beacon Tower   Following on from a successful working relationship with Design Storey Architects on the transformation of the former Bedminster Library building into a luxurious and unique gym, we have...

Former seafront hotel given new lease of life as transformation into 42 apartments nearly complete

Former seafront hotel given new lease of life as transformation into 42 apartments nearly complete   Working again with our longstanding client The PG Group, we are delighted to be involved in their latest development ‘Promenade House’ on Beach Road in Weston-Super-Mare. The site holds an existing...

Cook Brown Building Control Build Quality Award

Cook Brown Building Control Build Quality Award   We are pleased to announce that our Cook Brown awards are back! Back in 2018 we began awarding our clients and projects for their exceptional build quality, design excellence and energy innovation. Due to the pandemic these awards were...

Two new modern and unique family homes

We were appointed alongside our sister company Cook Brown Energy, to provide Plans Assessment and Site Inspection Services for the construction of two new dwellings in the Coombe Dingle area of Bristol. These two wonderfully designed detached, state of the art houses, were constructed by Benchmark Builders...

Five executive new build detached homes create ‘Players Court’ in Downend, Bristol

We were appointed by White Horse Homes Ltd to provide Building Control services on five detached four-bedroom homes in a secure private development located in Downend, Bristol. Our services include the submission of statutory documents to the relevant authorities, producing a detailed plan check report, carrying out...

Celebrating six years working with DHV Architects

Following our recent 8th anniversary, we have been reflecting on projects and clients we have worked with over the years. With involvement in over 150 of their projects, we are pleased to celebrate that we have been providing Building Control advice and assisting with achieving Building Control...

Women in Construction Week: Jayne Hall

To conclude Women in Construction Week we would like to introduce to you Jayne Hall from Cook Brown Building Control. Jayne has had an established career with South Gloucestershire Council where she managed the Built Environment Enforcement Service, looking after the Building Control, Planning Enforcement, Environmental Enforcement...

Historic agricultural buildings transformed into beautiful Cotswold’s wedding venue

We were appointed by Calmsden Farms to provide Approved Inspector services on the creation of a brand new barn conversion wedding venue in the heart of the Cotswolds. The existing site is a collection of Grade II listed agricultural and industrial buildings, including a large Cotswold stone...

Appointment on new scheme at historic Raby Castle in County Durham

Work is due to begin on a two-year scheme, named ‘The Rising’, to restore and preserve historic buildings at Raby Castle Park and Gardens and enhance the current visitor experience. Raby Castle has stood as a landmark within County Durham for 700 years and the dynamic scheme...

New appointment on high-profile Bath City Centre office building

Following a successful working relationship on previous projects, we have been appointed by Black Cat Consultancy to provide Approved Inspector services on the refurbishment of a high-profile office building in Bath City Centre, adjacent to the iconic Bath Spa Station. The building, which is named ‘Royal Mead’...

Part L Update

Update on the Future Homes Standard and proposed Building Regulations Changes to Energy and Ventilation Standards for new homes. Since the tragic events of the fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, other pressing matters such as Climate Change appear to have taken a back seat as politicians...

The Old Flax Shop shortlisted for the Homebuilding and Renovating Award

Congratulations to the homeowners of The Old Flax Shop, Luke and Laura Thomas, on their shortlisting for the Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award. Luke and Laura have successful completed a conversion of a former grade II listed agricultural building into a luxury holiday let in Dorset...

State-of-the-art sporting hub brings better grassroot opportunities to Swindon

We were approached by GCP Chartered Architects to provide Approved Inspector Services on the construction of a new hub building on behalf of Swindon Town FC Community Foundation. We provided early design stage advice, a plans assessment tracker was prepared and updated continuously throughout the project and...

We are delighted to welcome Janye Hall as our Principal Building Control Surveyor!

Jayne is joining the team at Cook Brown Building Control from her established career with South Gloucestershire Council where she managed the Built Environment Enforcement Service, looking after the Building Control, Planning Enforcement, Environmental Enforcement and Envirocrime functions. She is the immediate Past President of the Chartered...

Safety case principles for high-rise residential buildings

“It’s really encouraging to see the HSE Chief Inspector of Buildings introducing good practical guidance on the preparation of safety cases for those running or looking after high rise residential buildings. The HSE are also seeking industry feedback and we in Cook Brown Building Control are keen...

A Day in the Life of a Building Control Surveyor

Adam Etheridge, a Building Control Surveyor from our Tewkesbury office, gives an insight into what a normal working day looks like for him. As an Approved Inspector, we provide independent advice on Building Regulation compliance from the design stage through to the completion. Our professionally qualified Building...
The Architecture Centre

Former Bristol heritage building transformed into vibrant new home for design

The Architecture Centre is a Bristol based charity that are due to celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. They are based at an idyllic waterfront location overlooking Bristol City Centre’s harbourside, in an 18th century former warehouse. The charity has worked hard to raise funds to bring...
Corn Street, Bristol

Historic City Centre building restored to contemporary office accommodation

IV Real Estate appointed us to provide Approved Inspector Services on the renovation and conversion of two existing Bristol City Centre buildings, 37-39 and 41 Corn Street. 37-39 Corn Street, which is now known as Gilbert House, is a Grade II listed Art Deco style building that...

Falkland Cricket Club welcome brand-new pavilion

We were appointed by CGS Construction Consultants for the creation of a new Cricket Pavilion and changing rooms fit out works at Falkland Cricket Club. The pavilion will provide a new home for the Cricket Club, ‘The Bowlers Arms’ pub and community groups from Wash Common. Funds...
Marlborough College

Innovation Centre at Marlborough College now complete

We were contacted by Marlborough College to provide full Building Control Services on the construction of a new two-storey teaching block on campus. The former Kennet Building that previously occupied the land was demolished to make way for a new state-of-the-art Innovation Centre. The building has been...

Former printing press will be home to 157 new sustainable homes

Acorn Property Group are in the midst of creating a new sustainable neighbourhood in Frome, Somerset. Located on the plot of the former Butler, Tanner and Dennis printing press, ‘The Old Printworks’ development comprises 157 new dwellings, made up of two, three and four bedroom homes. We...

Proud to be appointed as CABE company partners

We are very pleased to announce that we recently became registered as a company partner of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). This partnership shows our alignment with an association that is dedicated to the professionalism of individuals involved within the Built Environment. We similarly want...

Campbells Landing in Clevedon soon to be luxury apartments

We are pleased to have been appointed on an exciting project in the seaside town of Clevedon. The project sees a period building converted into six luxury new apartments, which overlook the historic Clevedon Pier and seafront. Before closing its doors in 2016, the building was a...

Harry Thacker returns for the Bristol Bears

We are delighted to announce our continuous support for the Bristol Bears Rugby Club. Cook Brown Building Control are proud to sponsor Harry Thacker, for a third season. Harry has been listed in the squad for tonight’s game at Sale and we hope he gets an opportunity...

Proactive and Prompt Building Control Services across the Capital

We have secured new office space in central London to strengthen our provision of professional Building Control Services for commercial and residential construction projects across the Capital. Our new office is located at Henry Wood House adjacent to the BBC Centre and is home to our team...

New South Wales Office

The office is located in Herbert House, Charter Court on the outskirts of Swansea near the M4, with a new Cardiff office already planned in the near future to provide even closer support to our clients in this region. In April 2021 we welcomed two new recruits...

We are excited to share with you our move to Brewery Wharf in Leeds!

Our Northern Building Control Team have relocated from The Calls to Brewery Wharf, just a two-minute walk from the City centre and Leeds Train Station. Pete Kelly and our latest recruit, Rob Cuthbertson will have a presence in the Leeds office to cover projects based in the...

GKN Gloucester Road North

We were appointed by St Francis Group, who worked in partnership with Marcol, for the development of a manufacturing centre of excellence on behalf of GKN Aerospace. The new state-of-the art facility is located at the successful ‘Horizon-38’; a mixed-use development site fronting onto the A38 in...

York’s Eboracum Way set for ‘landmark apartment complex’

The historic City of York is set to embrace a new five-storey residential property, with basement parking, on a derelict site at the junction between Eboracum Way and Layerthorpe. Eboracum provides a rich vain of history in North Yorkshire, first recorded as a fort and was once...

Luxury Residential Development, Beckford Gate, Bath

We were pleased to be involved in this luxury residential development providing Building Control services, achieving Building Regulation compliance and approval. The development valued at £2.5m, was completed in 2019 and comprised of four luxurious 3-bedroom apartments contained within a classic Georgian styled new build development with...

‘At Risk’ heritage site to be transformed into a new mixed-use development

A familiar heritage site in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol City Centre which is listed on Heritage England’s ‘At Risk’ register will soon be put back to working use after thirty-five years of laying empty. The grade II listed Victorian building, the Carriageworks, and the adjoining...

Building Control Services for Replacement Cladding projects

As a leading Approved Inspector of Building Control services, we are appointed to provide Building Regulation guidance and advice for construction development across England and Wales. Following the “Building a Safer Future. An Implementation Plan” presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and...

Morgan Lambert and Qualitas Compliance join Hickton Group Ltd

We are excited to announce that Morgan Lambert and Qualitas Compliance have joined Hickton Group Ltd. The addition of these businesses to Hickton Group reinforces our ambition to provide multi-disciplinary consultancy services and strengthens our mission to champion Quality, Compliance and Sustainability in Construction. The Group’s values...
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Unique Water Tower converted into four duplex apartments

We were appointed by Cameron Building Services as the Approved Inspector for the unique conversion of a former 1930’s water tower into four new duplex apartments. The Frenchay Water Tower is situated in North East Bristol amongst a new housing development, although it is the last original...

Breathing life back into Bristol Manor House, Redland Court, Bristol

Juniper Homes have taken the opportunity to carefully restore a landmark site in Bristol’s City Centre back to its former residential use. The site has been home to a Manor House since 1552 – the first of which was demolished and re-built in the 1730’s by then...

The Light House Project – A tribute to British Film Pioneer

We are delighted to announce our appointment on the ‘Light House Development’ comprising one commercial unit and nine, two-bedroom residential apartments in the Colney Hatch district of London. As the appointed Approved Inspector, we have been working with the project architect, Lipton Plant Architects, to offer proactive...
Cook Brown Building Control provided Building Regulations Advice and Guidance for Lea Road.

Providing Building Compliance for the former police station in South Oxfordshire

We are pleased to be appointed as the Approved Inspector on a development of the former police station for Thames Valley Police in Sonning Common, South Oxfordshire. Works are well underway on the development of three new dwellings and a commercial office space which includes an extension...

New Homes being built around one of Bristol’s Iconic Landmarks

We are pleased to be delivering Building Control services, as the Approved Inspector, for a new housing development on the Former Brooks Laundry site in St Werburghs, Bristol. We are delighted to have been appointed to undertake Plan Assessment and Site Inspection services working, once again, on...

Welcoming two Trainee Building Control Surveyors to our technical teams

As a company, we strive to be a big advocate of continuous training and development for our employees to benefit the individual, our company and the construction industry. As such, we have recently welcomed two Trainee Building Control Surveyors – who are embarking on virtual training programmes...

Inspiring workplace with views across London

We have a successful working relationship with our inspirational office designer client, Morgan Lovell, who have an impressive portfolio of projects, including this category B office fit out for the enterprise software firm, R3 – a global company delivering purpose-built distributed ledger technology for all types of...

Watch our recent webinar detailing how to be one step ahead with Building Regulations.

Thank you to everyone who attended our online technical webinars on the 3rd and 17th of November – the volume of attendees was incredible! Attendees learnt about the new Building Control System and Construction Legislation, which included a Summary of Fire and Building Safety Bill, Regulation changes...

Narberth community rally together to construct new Rugby Club facility

When the country was propelled into its first lockdown due to the global pandemic COVID-19, Narberth Rugby Football Club saw this as an opportunity to make well needed improvements to their club whilst the playing season was put on hold. The project, located in Pembrokeshire, Wales, has...

Renovation of Residential property – Arden Hill, Warwickshire

We have a thriving residential portfolio, working with clients throughout England and Wales to ensure that their renovations, extensions and new builds meet requirements with Building Regulations. We are delighted to have provided professional Building Control services on behalf of our client -AXIOS Building Consultants Ltd, for...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Cook Brown Building Control

We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Cook Brown Building Control. We have decided to make charitable donations to two special charities close to our heart this year, as an eco-friendly alterative to sending printed Christmas cards to...

Transformation of Victorian Buildings into luxury sea-view apartments in North Somerset

We have been appointed on the restoration and development of a beautiful set of Victorian buildings in a sought-after area of Clevedon in North Somerset, which hold fantastic sea front positions. For our client East Park Investments, we are providing full Approved Inspector services including plans assessments...

Raise a virtual toast to us to celebrate seven successful years in business

We are delighted to be celebrating our business birthday, although virtually this year, which marks our seventh year Championing Compliance in Construction. Our Joint Managing Directors, James Cook and Matt Brown, established the company in November 2013 to provide exceptional Building Control expertise to clients, and since...

Appointed on Lamberts Yard – Unique Creative Space in the Heart of Leeds, West Yorkshire

We are delighted to be involved in an exciting creative scheme that will rejuvenate an important historic area of Leeds City Centre. We have been appointed as the Approved Inspector on an exciting regeneration scheme in centre of Leeds that will re-develop existing retail buildings to form...

Stratford Paddock’s Trio of Luxury Homes

We are privileged to work on diverse projects providing Building Control services for clients that seek Building Regulations Advice and Guidance to ensure that their construction projects are compliant and built to the highest quality standard. Our housing portfolio is flourishing across England and Wales, and we...

Halifax County Court to be transformed into fourteen apartments

We successfully provide Building Control services on a diverse range of projects throughout England and Wales, and this renovation of a former County Court in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is a welcomed addition to our Northern Residential portfolio. Highstone Housing Association have acquired and commissioned the conversion of...

Student Accommodation Block in Bath

Appointed as the Approved Inspector by our client, Rengen Developments Ltd, we provided Building Control services for the three-storey Student Accommodation block, St Martin’s House in Bath. Originally two semi-detached houses, the new block of nine luxury student flats has a total of thirty bedrooms, consisting of...

Championing Quality, Compliance and Sustainability in Construction throughout 2020

We announced in March this year that Hickton Group Ltd has successfully expanded its service portfolio by incorporating two further businesses – Cook Brown Building Control Ltd and Cook Brown Energy Ltd, providing a multi-disciplinary service of Quality, Compliance and Sustainability for clients. Prior to this significant...

Affordable Living Scheme, Dean + Wilder, Dean Street, Bristol

Works are progressing on site for the Affordable Living Scheme – Dean + Wilder, on which we are appointed as the Approved Inspector by our client CTS Construction, to provide Building Control Services for the build of a brand-new 42-bed apartment block on Dean Street, Bristol. Located...

Pete Kelly joins our Leeds team as Building Control Surveyor

We are delighted to be expanding our Leeds Building Control team with the addition of Peter Kelly, who will be undertaking Site Inspections, Plan Checks and Technical Guidance to support our clients in achieving Compliance with Building Regulations. To speak to Pete about compliance, please call 07720 824277...

Vida Court – Residential Dementia Care Home, Harrogate

Projex Building Solutions have appointed us to provide Building Control Services for a brand-new purpose-built Residential Dementia Care Home in Harrogate, North Yorkshire – Vida Court. Vida Court is a £9.5m purpose-built 67,000 sq. ft facility located on Beckwith Head Road and will provide specialist dementia care...

A Working Day in Building Control as a Building Control Surveyor

Name: Gurpal Virdi What are the typical daily duties on site for a Building Control Surveyor? As a Building Control Surveyor, my job role entails providing advice on achieving compliance with the Building Regulations. Primarily working within the residential sector, my duties range from checking plans in...

The Bayside, Weston-Super-Mare

Family-run property business, Connolly & Callaghan, are creating a premium collection of one, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments named The Bayside at the site of former Bayside Hotel in Weston-Super-Mare. The apartments are purpose built and offer a range of unique layouts that have been designed to...

Award-winning design initiative Castle Quarry starts build

The former quarry site will hold a collection of three new detached dwellings which have been strategically designed to enhance the natural settings and reference the site’s Victorian heritage. Prior to construction, in August 2019 Architectural practice Mitchell Eley Gould was presented with the Cook Brown ‘Design...

Welcoming Joanna McLeish as our Quality Manager

We are delighted that Joanna McLeish has joined our team today (Monday, 10th August) as Quality Manager responsible for ensuring that the Building Control services we provide are ‘fit for purpose’, consistent and meets both internal and external requirements. Joanna has seven years’ experience in Building Control...

Extension for the luxurious Evania Barn, Cheltenham

We have been working with clients throughout England and Wales for the last six years providing Building Control services on a wide range of projects and we are pleased to be extending our services for a luxurious barn extension in Cheltenham. Smith Building Company commissioned an expansion...

Newquay’s Lappa Valley Steam Railway invest £1.2m

Award-winning tourist attraction, Lappa Valley Steam Railway, has invested over £1m into a brand-new café and indoor soft play area, which will be situated at the side of one of the oldest railway tracks in Cornwall. We have been appointed as the Approved Inspector for the 7,000...

Welcome new Senior Building Control Surveyor, Mark Saunders

We are delighted that Mark has joined us as a Senior Building Control Surveyor. Mark’s role involved assisting with managing and providing technical support for Surveyors within the Midlands region, to deliver a services which promoted the quality of the built environment. To speak with Mark, please...

Industry working group launches Building Control Regulation proposals

We are committed to the future success of Building Control in the construction industry. Click here to read the press release from Future of Building Control Working Group...

Be One Step Ahead – Appoint us for Specialist Projects and Consultancy Services

As part of the reformed Building Safety Regulatory system, the Government is to establish a new, national Building Safety Regulator which will have responsibility for implementing and enforcing a more stringent Regulatory Regime for Buildings in Scope. The Government is removing the ability of Clients/duty-holders to choose...

Championing Quality, Compliance and Sustainability in Construction

The last few months have been challenging for lots of businesses across all sectors, including construction, and we have managed to adapt and evolve throughout this period to remain operational on site for both existing and new clients. We have continued providing technical support and quality inspections...

Welcome new Director of Specialist Projects and Consultancy Services

We are pleased to welcome Dave Allen to our Building Control team. If you would like expert Building Control Advice for projects, please contact Dave: M – 07592 590298 E – dave.allen@cookbrown.co.uk...

LUXE Fitness finalist in National Award

We are pleased to announce that luxury fitness gym LUXE Fitness is a finalist in the RICS Social Impact Awards, since its magnificent transformation of the former Bedminster Library. The building has undergone major refurbishments to the interior, transforming it from an outdated library into a luxurious...

Panorama Place offers spectacular new homes to Almondsbury, Bristol

We are delighted to be working with Alexander James Cox to provide Building Control services for the exclusive development of three 4-bedroom detached houses, which offer spectacular views across the Severn Estuary, over to Wales. The project consists of three units being cut into the side of a...

Amendments to the Approved Documents – Volume 1 & 2

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government have published the amendments to Approved Document B (Fire Safety) 2019 edition: – Volume 1 – Dwellings – Volume 2 – Buildings other than dwellings The amendment document can be viewed through the following link: Amendments to Approved Document...

Build Quality Award 2020 for Mary Seacole Court, Bristol

In recognition of the multitude of projects that we have the privilege to work on across England and Wales, we have created several of our own awards, which are presented throughout the year. These awards give us the opportunity to showcase the successful developments and talented teams...

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