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    London Wall Place
    ​View of the City from the Barbican Estate.

​Find out the latest updates from the City of London's District Surveyors Office and other Building Control items.

  • Changes to Approved Document B
  • Restrictions on combustible materials in facades
  • Congratulations to our winners!
  • A new Assistant District Surveyor
  • For he's a jolly good Fellow
  • Chris Shiel - specialist in fire safety
  • CPD on the Hackitt review

Changes to Approved Document B

On the 16 April the MHCLG issued an amendment to Approved Document B: Fire Safety Volume 2 – Buildings other than Dwellinghouses. The change, which has immediate effect, relates to the requirements on the construction of external wall, specifically to the Section 12 Paragraph 12.8. More details are on the Government website.

Please contact us if you are unsure as to how this affects your project and we can review it with you in detail.

Restrictions on combustible materials in facades

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    ​.We can discuss any issues you may have with your facade.

On 21 December 2018 the government made changes to Regulation 7 which restricts the use of materials in facades of certain buildings over 18m high to those which are of ‘limited combustibility’. In addition to this, the guidance in Approved Document B has also been updated for all other building types.

Please contact us if you are unsure as to how this affects your project and we can review it with you in detail.


Congratulations to our winners!

    London Wall Place
    ​Best Large Commercial Project winner, London Wall Place.

Congratulations to the teams involved with London Wall Place and the Portsoken Pavilion who were both winners at the London Region Local Authority Building Control Awards 2019. London Wall Place won the Best Large Commercial Project Award and the Portsoken Pavilion won best Public Service Building. The winners, having faced tough competition form other developments in the region, were presented with their trophy’s at a glamorous awards ceremony in our very own Guildhall.

Having come top within the region both will now be entered into the National Awards, with a chance to be named to best in the country!

A new Assistant District Surveyor

The District Surveyor’s Office has appointed Tim Gillooly to the position of Assistant District Surveyor, joining Mark Pundsack in managing our building control section. Tim joins the City from the London Borough of Hackney where he was Head of Building Control, having held the same position before that at the London Borough of Newham.

Tim was instrumental in the Joint Local Authority Building Control initiative that provided the building control service for the London 2012 Olympics. He brings with him a wealth of experience of the construction industry. A former President of the London District Surveyors Association; he is also a member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.


For he's a jolly good Fellow

​​Mark Pundsack, Assistant District Surveyor, has been made a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers. Fellowship is the senior grade of membership of the organisation and is awarded in recognition of excellence in structural engineering achievement and an acknowledgement of a significant contribution to the profession.

Mark is a member the CROSS expert panel and has recently been appointed to the IStructE Health and Safety Panel and the Business Practice and Regulatory Control Committee. He was also a member of the task group which revised the design recommendations for car parks, and the Committee on Structural Eurocodes.

Graham Lelliott, one of our Mechanical and Electrical specialists, has also joined the Chartered Association of Building Engineers. He is now the seventh member of the office to become a full member. Membership demonstrates Graham’s commitment to continuous professional development and the association’s code of conduct.

Chris Shiel - specialist in fire safety

​Chris Shiel has become the most recent of our surveyors to pass the LABC Fire Safety Specialists exam. The test has been developed by the LABC in conjunction with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFireE) and is being used to demonstrate the competency of Local Authority building control surveyors to work on 'High Risk Residential Building'. Having successfully passed the test Chris has now joined the IFireE as Associate Members.

In the coming months other highly experienced members of the District Surveyor's team will be sitting the exam, helping us demonstrate that the City Of London is the premier provider of building control services within the Square Mile.

CPD on the Hackitt Review

​Following the events at Grenfell Tower and Dame Judith Hackitt's review into the Building Regulations, there have been many changes occurring in the construction industry.

The City District Surveyor's Office has prepared Continuing Professional Development materials on the subject to help our clients stay up-to-date. If you would like us to provide training on the recent changes or have any queries on how they may impact your work, please contact Mark Pundsack.