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Jul 20
2017

Update an old conservatory?

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd specialise in renovation and updating your property can take many forms.  One thing lots of people are doing currently it to update or renovate a conservatory with a solid roof.  It’s a popular way to make a conservatory habitable throughout the whole year.

Updating an existing conservatory with a solid roof is defined as material alteration work, which means that it is covered by Building Regulations. This means that the project should be the subject of an application for control and a certificate on completion.
Then there are a set of options from replacing with stronger I-shaped profiles as the existing roof of polycarbonate or glass structure is usually only supported by the windows from thin glazing beads. These are unlikely to be suitable to act as rafters supporting the new solid roof. So replacing the beads with stronger I-shaped profiles that have a wide top flange capable of supporting the new roof is the first element of the project.

You could always install something more substantial, such as timber rafters alongside the existing beads. Timber is strong, but it is prone to twist and warp as it dries out and so it needs bracing and fixing in place.

By itself, this would not be enough to create a habitable extension that can be made open plan to the home. If you want more than a sun room CD Hood Ltd could help you to revamp the entire structure or replace it entirely.

https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/how-update-old-conservatory/

 

Jul 20
2017

450 new homes in Cambridge

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Builders London

As commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd are always pleased to see new homes built in and around Cambridge. Recently a strategic 50:50 joint venture partnership with House builder Hill and Marshall Group Properties looks to deliver 450 new homes in Cambridge.



Called  Wing, the new development will sit on 160 acres of land, and form part of a wider master plan that could be able to offer up to a total of 1,300 homes. The first phase when complete, will comprise of 315 private homes and 135 affordable homes – including shared ownership and affordable rent tenures. Robert Marshall, chief executive of Marshall said “We are delighted to be partnering with Hill for the first phase of the Wing development,”  This first phase will offer a range of properties including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom houses.
There also promised to be a wide range of facilities build to support the new community, including a new primary school, sports pitches, allotments and retail and commercial space. New transport infrastructure is also planned meaning nearby Newmarket Road will be upgraded. 
Andy Hill, chief executive of Hill, commented: “We have established firm roots in Cambridge and have long been committed to delivering more homes to this great city as it continues to thrive and grow. Having delivered several package of new builds CD Hood Ltd also take pride in being able to work on new developments large or small helping to making Cambridge one of the best cities to live in the UK.

https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2017/6/marshall-group-teams-up-with-hill-to-deliver-450-new-homes-in-cambridge

Jul 03
2017

Party Wall notices?

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders


A party wall notice is the start of many of Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd’s extension or development projects. If your extension or renovation involves a wall that is shared by a neighbour it is important to have served a party wall notice. Before serving notice though it makes sense to chat to your neighbours and make them aware of your plans so they understand what it is you are planning to do.



In more of an urban environment, your project might affect several adjoining neighbours, and you will have to serve party wall notice on each of them. If a property is leasehold you will need to serve notice on both the tenant and the building’s owner. After you have talked the idea through with your neighbours you will need to serve notice by writing to them and including your contact details and full details of the works to be carried out, access requirements and the proposed date of commencement.

Your neighbour then has 14 days to respond and give their consent, or require a party wall settlement. If they agree to the works in writing, you will not require a party wall agreement and this can save on the fees.  That is why it really can pay to contact your neighbours first to discuss your proposals and overcome any issues in advance, or at the very least ensure they receive the notice and respond within 14 days. If they fail to respond, they are deemed to be in dispute and you will need to instruct a surveyor, whether they consent to the works or not. CD Hood Ltd like to make sure all permissions are in place before any building work commences.

 

 

Jun 30
2017

Safety first

Posted by CarlHood in CRB checked builders Cambridge , CRB checked builders , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders

In the wake of the Genfell tower block in London commercial builders like CD Hood Ltd need to make sure they take stock of their Health and Safety standards. In any building of any scale it is important to put safety first.



With many products on the market for enhancing the energy efficiency of a building it is vital that The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issue guidance for councils, owners and landlords about acceptable safe materials to use.

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed that 600 buildings are being inspected and cladding has failed the test in 11 so far. ‘The tests, which are being conducted by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), can be done within hours allowing us to test more than 100 samples a day, with capacity expandable if needed. We would urge any landlord who owns a building of this kind to send samples for testing as a matter of urgency,’ he said.

 ‘Landlords have a legal obligation to provide safe buildings. Where they cannot do that, we expect alternative accommodation to be provided. My department stands ready to work with local authorities to ensure they can meet their obligations to provide safety for their tenants. We cannot and will not ask people to live in unsafe homes,’ he added.

Whatever the size of your property, new build, extension or renovation project commercial Cambridgeshire builders will always make sure they put safety first.

http://www.propertywire.com/news/uk/experts-begin-removing-combustible-cladding-uk-high-rise-blocks/

May 26
2017

Making sure gas appliances are safe

Posted by CarlHood in CRB checked builders , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders


Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd never cut corners when it comes to gas safety.  It is vital that any renovation, new build or extension has any of its gas appliances thoroughly and professionally checked. It is shocking that across the UK some property investors are potentially putting their property investments at risk of major gas incidents, such as a carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers who are not properly qualified, new research shows.

The Gas Safe Register, the UKs only official legal gas registration scheme, found that 19% of people, who employed a tradesperson to work on a gas appliance did not check their ID card or qualifications. They also found that  a worrying 65% of gas jobs carried out by illegal fitters were unsafe and one in five gas appliances were so dangerous that they had to be disconnected immediately! The study found that people are most likely to employ a tradesperson based on recommendations from friends or family members (53%), and trust them based on their personal presentation (41%) or how official they look (30%), rather than on their qualifications (11%).

Matt Allwright, best known for presenting shows such as Watchdog and Rogue Traders said: “Gas Safe Register’s data demonstrates that too many people are letting illegal gas fitters into their home and putting their families at risk. It is vital that people don’t just trust a friendly face but make sure fitters are Gas Safe registered and qualified to work in their property, as the consequences of an unsafe gas appliance can be fatal.”

https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2017/3/are-illegal-gas-fitters-putting-your-property-investments-at-risk

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