16th August 2018
Building regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure safety and health for people, including those with disabilities, in or around those buildings, and to help conserve fuel and power.
Whether it's a new build commercial development, or a simple re-roofing of a domestic dwelling, it's best to check with Building Control to find out whether any element of construction work requires approval. What’s that old saying? Better to be safe than sorry!
Building regulations approval is not the same as obtaining planning permission for your work. In the same way, being granted planning permission is not the same as acting to ensure that the work complies with building regulations. If you are having construction work carried out you will have health and safety responsibilities to consider and may need to notify building control before starting work.
A recent project of ours in Sheffield required the upgrade of the toilet facilities to a busy Scout Hall. The existing facilities were in desperate need of updating and were not compliant with disabled regulations (Doc M). There were also no separate toilet facilities for girl scouts.
We used the two-week school break over Easter to concentrate on the renovation work, with the Scout groups organising outdoor activities for the third and final week of work. The Scout Hall now has a new disabled toilet compliant with current building regulations, and separate unisex toilet facilities. Our client is very pleased with the result and normal activities can resume without having caused too much disruption.
The aim of Building Control is to support you through your project from design stage to project completion, offering design advice to help deliver compliant, cost effective, sustainable, safe and high-quality developments. Sheffield Building Control also offer an extensive range of additional services such as air pressure testing, BREAM and fire risk assessments.