There’s no denying the British love of wildlife but when it comes to planning applications, most of us have no idea what species are protected and what an ecology report entails. With planning consents being issued with ecological conditions added by the local authority, many developers, architects and building owners will overlook this aspect until it is too late. To prevent a development being held up, or at worst, a breach of planning consent, it’s vital that you include ecological assessments carried out by a qualified Ecologist at the earliest stage in a project’s development.

Britain might be one of the world’s richest countries but housing is in a crisis of under-delivery.  In another bid to tackle this shortage, the Government’s proposed 14 ‘garden villages’ and three additional ‘garden towns’ across England will see more than 48,000 new homes created, turning smaller hamlets into villages and expanding existing towns onto nearby land. 

“I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.”  Michael Crichton

Britain for Brexit, Donald Trump as US President, Iceland thrashing England at football and even shrinking Toblerones… what we once took for granted is being flipped on its head in a topsy-turvy uncontrolled world that for many is just bewildering. Things we considered as certainties are being overtaken by random acts of chaos and disorder. But should these things trouble us in business as well as in our own daily lives?

It was officially announced earlier today that two of the leading building standards representing sustainability and health and well-being have reached an agreement that will see each organisation mutually recognise specific credits making it easier for projects pursuing both standards. This is nothing short of a triumph of common sense that will see the drive for sustainable buildings that support the health and well-being of occupants accelerated.

What makes a great building great? Is it the design? Is it the purpose it serves? Is it innovative use of materials, technology and its environmental impact? It is all of these things, but the biggest factor is the client - behind every great building there is a great client - a client that has vision, aspiration and isn’t afraid to be brave and try something new every so often. But this is only part of the challenge. To truly deliver an exceptional building, clients need supply chains that share their aspirations and goals - but that is easier said than done.