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    ​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.

  • Restrictions on combustible materials in facades
  • Congratulations to our nominees!
  • Specialists in fire safety
  • Using our hospital expertise
  • Working on a Wren church
  • CPD on the Hackitt review

Restriction on combustible materials in facades

    City Griffin in fron of Builidng Site

    ​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 nominees!

    London Wall Place
    ​London Wall Place is up for the Best Large Commercial Project.

 We’d like to congratulate all the teams involved with the projects that have been nominated for the LABC London Region Building Excellence Awards 2019. The projects involved represent the wide range of work in which the City District Surveyors have been involved with in the last 12 month from the New Build Commercial Development at London Wall Place to the new Community Hub at the Portsoken Pavilion in the redeveloped Aldgate Square to the Professional Footballers Association.



Specialists in fire safety

    Mark Pundsacka nd Gordon Roy
    ​Mark Pundsack and Gordon are both now Associate Members of the IFireE.

Gordon Roy and Mark Pundsack are leading the way in the District Surveyor Office having both recently taken and passed the LABC Fire Safety Specialists exam. This new 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 both have joined the IFireE as Associate Members.

In the coming months even more 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.

Using our hospital expertise

    Image of St Bartholomew's Hospital
    ​Image of the square inside St Bartholomew's Hospital.

 Following on from the success of the decade long project to redevelop Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital, the District Surveyor’s Office have been working with the St Barts and the Royal NHS Trust on work outside of the Square Mile. By utilising the LABC partnership scheme we are able to use our expertise in applying the Building Regulations in health care premises at the plan checking stage while working with our colleagues in other boroughs to carry out site inspections. If you need building control advice for work in hospitals contact our surveyor Chris Shiel, who will be happy to discuss it with you.


Working on a Wren church

    Image of St Andrew's Church
    ​St Andrew Holborn.

​Our surveyor, Mike Williams, has been working with DaeWha Kang Design on the refurbishment of St Andrew Holborn Church. The church has the distinction of being the only City Church to be rebuilt by Christopher Wren following the Great Fire of 1666 without actually being destroyed by the fire. The works have included replacing the floor and redesigning the side chapel. As a Grade I Listed building the project has present some challenges. By working closely with the architect and client, we’ve been able to overcome issues such as incorporating accessible arrangement and matching suitable material in construction whilst still being sympathetic to the nature and age of the building.

With so many Wren Church’s and other listed buildings in the City the District Surveyor’s Office has a wealth of experience in dealing with conservation work in historical buildings. If you’re considering doing similar work contact us to discuss any building regulation queries you may have.


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.