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In the last few years, changing social patterns have brought about an increased demand for small dwelling units. A survey prepared in 1983 by the Department of the Environment showed that over 50 per cent of all households consisted of only one or two people, yet only 10 per cent of our national...
The Building Act 1984 and the Regulations made under it have made many changes in the organisation of building control, in addition to the changes in the technical requirements for building work.
The failure of a wall in a Welsh farmhouse in the middle 1960s was regarded as an isolated problem when it was discovered that the cause of the failure was corrosion on the cavity wall ties. This was the first failure of a wall tie that was reported to the Building Research Establishment. Within...
The first paper in this series, published in the last issue of Structural Survey, examined the numerous laws that protect buildings and their occupants. It concluded that few measures apply to empty buildings, leaving many to fall into decay. Where local authorities have powers of protection,...
Many instances of surveyors' liability in negligence concern the errors of an individual made with regard to one property on one occasion. However, the increasing role of surveyors as part of a design or management team makes it necessary to consider the respective liabilities of the team...
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