As our shopping habits have changed over time so have the locations where we shop. The growth of the Mega-store and the development of US style shopping complexes have given architects the scope to design some fantastic spaces. Building Regulations still apply to these new spaces and mean that innovative solutions have to be found.
It is an established fact that excessive noise causes damage to hearing. If the exposure is brief, the damage may be temporary. However in employment exposure can be repetitive and long term which can result in permanent hearing damage and deafness. In 1989 the Noise at Work Regulations were introduced. These regulations are now superseded […]
Government policy on the building or renovation of school buildings has changed over recent years. We have worked with the major construction companies and architects to provide innovative designs that conform to the project requirements.
Pembury Hospital was in major need of redevelopment and SRL helped our client, Laing O’Rourke, secure and deliver the PFI project throughout the bidding process, then the design and construction phases. The £225 million project was the first UK hospital where all in-patients have a bed in their own room so patient pricing was a […]
The historic Berners Hotel in London’s Fitzrovia neighbourhood dates back to 1835. The property originally was comprised of five residential houses and was ultimately converted into a hotel. The layout includes a basement, ground and seven upper floors, and incorporates original architectural features, such as ornate ceilings and a marble-clad reception area.
Building regulations contain the rules for building work in new and altered buildings to make them safe and accessible and limit waste and environmental damage. People carrying out building work must usually arrange for their work to be checked by an independent third party to make sure that their work meets the required standards. In […]
The Crossrail project will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London’s key business districts.
Creating new performance space comes with many issues as to who the space is suitable for. Previous thinking would design the space for only one purpose but by using modern design and innovative solutions the space can be made to work for a wide selection of organisations. Modern theatre design takes this into account to […]
Ambient noise on offshore platforms often exceeds a specified minimum throughout the electrical workshop, store room, hydraulic workshop, subsea office and mechanical workshop, reaching its highest levels in the mud pit room. Factoring in the additional noise that would be generated by operating pumps, cranes and machinery and it is not a quiet place to […]
Planning permission or planning consent is the permission required in the United Kingdom in order to be allowed to build on land, or change the use of land or buildings. Within the UK the occupier of any land or building will need title to that land or building (i.e. “ownership”), but will also need “planning […]
The race for places at the UK’s universities shows no sign of stopping. Alongside the demand for places is the demand for quality student accommodation. The requirement for extra accommodation has lead to some major companies entering a market where assured rental yields combined with high occupancy rates, ensures this growing niche market is seen […]
The production of waste is a natural result of economic and social activity by businesses and consumers, and has been throughout human history. The key is to ensure that the value we extract from resources is not exceeded by the costs of using them, and therefore that we do not produce excessive amounts of waste. […]