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Residential Extension or Residential New Build?


When does a house extension become a new build? The question whether to demolish an existing property and replace it with a new build, or whether to extend and transform the original house sometimes is a hard one to answer. If the property has architectural merit, or emotional connections then maintaining the existing and sympathetically [...]

Residential Extension or Residential New Build?2019-03-26T17:43:18+00:00

East Belfast House Extension


Sometimes the simple designs make the most difference. This new extension to a handsome detached East Belfast home in the desirable Wandsworth Road has transformed it from a tired and badly planned house into a wonderful family friendly home. We’re hoping it will be finished within a few weeks but here is a quick picture [...]

East Belfast House Extension2019-03-26T17:43:18+00:00

Is time running out? Renew Planning Permission or lose it!


Under the current planning system, if you have current planning permission which is due to expire, you do not necessarily have to commence construction... The original application can be renewed for 25% of the full application fee, subject to a number of conditions. It can be a much cheaper alternative to renew planning permission than [...]

Is time running out? Renew Planning Permission or lose it!2019-03-26T17:43:18+00:00

Passive House – New categories launched


The Passive House Institute has announcd the launch of its two new certification categories, Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium, which recognise on-site renewable energy generation. Renewable energy is the ideal complement to the efficiency of the passive house standard. In order to provide reliable guidance for this combination, the Passive House Institute introduces [...]

Passive House – New categories launched2019-03-26T17:43:18+00:00

Launch of the new Home Quality Mark.


On 3 March 2015, the leading building science centre BRE introduced a voluntary, national Home Quality Mark for new housing that will transform the way consumers choose the homes they buy and rent. The consumer focused standard will enable house builders and developers to differentiate their homes in the marketplace and independently demonstrate performance and [...]

Launch of the new Home Quality Mark.2015-03-09T17:20:08+00:00

How to write an NEC3 construction programme…


The latest edition of Northern Builder magazine contains an article by C60 Architects and Town Planners director Roger Perrott. The article includes expert advice on how to ensure construction programmes are accepted by the Project Manager, with information on: Key Dates Time Risk Allowance Float Critical Path   C60 provide specialist consultancy to assist contractors [...]

How to write an NEC3 construction programme…2019-03-26T17:43:18+00:00

Belfast Garden Development – Work In Progress


A number of developers are now starting to re-engage with the market and are looking at small sites, previously not regarded as possible. With our combined experience in architecture and town planning we advised our client on how best develop this small site. "garden development" This site within Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, has great [...]

Belfast Garden Development – Work In Progress2019-03-26T17:43:18+00:00

First Planning Offices Announced


As April 1st fast approaches and the once centralised planning department transfers its power to the new super councils, the fog is clearing and we are better understanding where, what, why and how this power transfer will effect planning in Northern Ireland. Following the approval of Commencement No 2 Order by the Assembly in January, [...]

First Planning Offices Announced2015-03-05T09:21:51+00:00

Work In Progress – House Extension Belfast


On site this morning and up inspecting timbers of a house we are extending and renovating. Sometimes you have to strip the existing fabric back to the bare timbers before you start building it back up again. Always try and retain any period features to hold on to that heritage.

Work In Progress – House Extension Belfast2019-03-26T17:43:18+00:00

Transfer of Planning Powers


C60 Planning Director Neil Calvin outlines progress on the devolution of planning powers to the new Super Councils within Northern Ireland. On 1st April 2015 local government reform in Northern Ireland will see the current 26 councils reduced to 11 ‘Super Councils.’ In addition planning powers will be de-centralised and the logistical [...]

Transfer of Planning Powers2019-03-26T17:43:18+00:00
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