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Reworking the past into the future

“As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown.” – Norman Foster

19 Apr 2018

EOS Architects' Director Campbell Lammie gives his insight on what can be done to preserve the heritage of a building, when the building itself can not be saved.     While technology advances at a rate and the way that we deliver our work is ever changing, an architect of today has a great responsibility for looking back into the past and finding ways of intelligently and sensitively bri...

 

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Off Site Housing Construction: Is regulation stifling housing innovation in Wales?

Eos Architects Director Campbell Lammie questions whether we are looking in the right place for solutions to innovation in housing in Wales

27 Apr 2017

  Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant said 9th Feb 2017 :   “The housing sector in Wales is facing many challenges. We know we need to build more homes, quickly. We know the homes we build have to be cheaper to heat, more environmentally friendly and more capable of responding to the demographic challenges ahead. Just increasing the number of homes we build isn’...

 

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Development Quality Requirements: Is definitive guidance on the horizon?

Eos Architects Director Jaime Moya looks back at the Welsh Government consultation on proposed changes to Development Quality Requirements

04 Oct 2016

Earlier this year the Welsh Government launched its consultation on the Implementation of Mandatory Quality Standards for new, rehabilitated and existing homes. The consultation period ran from 18th January to 11th April and the consultation document was divided into Part A and Part B, which invited responses to a series of specific questions in relation to the introduction of mandatory standards ...

 

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Sprinklers in Houses & Flats: New Part B tells part of the story

Eos Architects Director Campbell Lammie looks beyond the new Approved Document Part B for guidance on taking advantage of the need to install sprinklers in residential developments

30 Sep 2015

The long awaited amendment to the Building Regulations and a new Building Regulations Approved Document Part B - Fire Safety, relating to automatic fire suppression systems in dwelling houses and flats is coming into effect in Wales on 1st January 2016.   The effect of the new Regulation is to bring fire suppression systems into most residential building types, with very few exceptions. ...

 

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Floor Area & Social Housing Grant: Does Less now really mean More?

Eos Architects Director Jaime Moya ponders the grey area that remains over the status of Notional Floor Areas.

04 Sep 2015

As many consultants and housing professionals involved in the design and delivery of affordable housing in Wales will be aware, there has been long standing confusion over the status of the ‘Notional Floor Areas’ (NFAs) listed in the Welsh Government Acceptable Cost Guidance/On Costs for Use with Social Housing Grant Funded Housing in Wales document published in 2012. This confusion ar...

 

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