Build Focus

The second stage of the Grenfell inquiry opened with what the inquiry’s chief lawyer called a “merry-go-round of buck-passing”, as the contractor, architect and cladding installer gave their statements. Two weeks before the inquiry reconvened, Dame Judith Hackitt, Author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, shared her frustration around the pace of change following the devastating fire. Her view is the construction industry has not moved fast enough to change its practices and culture, writes Ian King, Chief Operating Officer at Zeroignition.

Victoria Ramwell from Kemper System explains the benefits of using wet-on-wet liquid waterproofing solutions for retail refurbishments.

A range of considerations should be taken into account when preparing a subfloor to receive floorcoverings in a retail environment, says Martin Cummins at Bostik.

During the summer of 2018, Desjardins Movement’s online services’ office spaces moved to the Montréal Tower, once known as the Olympic Tower of Montréal. Unoccupied since 1987, the tower has transformed into an office space, following the design work carried out by Provencher_Roy.

During construction, buildings can be more vulnerable to fires than when completed. In the event of a blaze, a tall building’s riser often acts like a chimney and, therefore, needs protection to ensure flames do not move from one floor to another, writes Nick Atkinson, Director at Ambar Kelly.

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