A Newsletter from CROSS-UK containing reports on structural safety issues.
Note: this Newsletter was published by CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety is renamed Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).
Building regulations checking
A reporter’s firm has been carrying out building regulations checks for 25 years, but it is only in the last six or seven years (say 2000-2006) that concerns have arisen, some of which are described below.
Loading on balconies
A reporter wrote on behalf of a professional committee to draw attention to a concern about part of a conversion project that had come to their attention.
Effective lengths of load-bearing walls
A reporter raises concerns about masonry walls that they feel do not comply with the limitations on effective length.
Building regulations submissions
This report has been written on behalf of a group of senior local government structural engineers who refer to previous CROSS newsletters and in particular the reports relating to the poor quality of building regulation submissions and lack of checking resources.
Local authorities and approved inspectors
A reporter is very concerned that the system of building control where there is competition between local authorities and approved inspectors, has produced a situation where the level of independent inspection has fallen dramatically.
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