Professional Training for Professional People


Building Surveys Guide and Best Practice

This 1 day course will focus on best practice in preparation for the survey, inspection and reporting on a structure; and consider how to assess and report on a number of issues commonly found in properties. There will be particular reference to the requirement for a property to incorporate a ‘three-dimensional box structure’ comprising the main and mutually supporting structural elements of walls, floors and roof; with some simple examples and ‘rules of thumb’ delegates can use in their every day practice.

The possibility of introducing the concept of 'condition rating' for each element of a property using the 'traffic light' system, now generally adopted as the industry standard by most surveyors, will be addressed.

There will be an emphasis on practical, group-based, exercises to help to develop your skills and knowledge of defects. There is also a free option to undertake pre-course work that can add to your learning experience.

Larry Russen – author of the RICS isurv section on building surveys

Keeping up to Speed with the Latest Building and Fire Regulations


This 1 day course, with the latest 2018/19 amendments, provides a comprehensive update of the changes to the Building Regulations over recent years. It includes further CO2 reductions for dwellings and other buildings and fire regulations that have been appended in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018/19 detailing the requirements for none combustible cladding to tall buildings.

Keeping up to Speed with Building Regulations is mandatory knowledge for construction professionals; a current, working understanding of the Regulations is essential for avoiding potential, non-compliance with Regulations.

Benefits of this course:
• Gain a greater understanding of up-to-date Building Regulations from a practising Building Control professional
• Access the speaker’s wealth of knowledge in the application of Building Regulations, and take part in discussions throughout the day
• Become mindful of the most current Health and Safety considerations in construction
• Master the Regulations, old and new, and be confident in applying them to projects and on-site
Public Course Delegate Rate: £395 plus VAT

Negotiating the Planning Jungle

This recently updated 1 day course is designed for property and construction professionals who wish to obtain a working knowledge of the planning system. It will emphasise a practical approach and will be of interest to all who require a greater understanding to aid their professional activities.

The course will cover planning as part of the development process as well as planning appeals and enforcement. Delegates will also gain knowledge about the key players and the roles and legislation that impact on the planning system.

Benefits of this course:
• Understand the planning system
• Get to grips with planning applications
• Gain knowledge of legislation that may inhibit planning
• Learn about the environmental impact assessment in planning
• Benefit from a post seminar help line

Premises and Facilities Management and Maintenance

This popular 1 day course is designed to help premises and facilities managers develop a full understanding of managing and maintaining premises and facilities, and also to efficiently procure building and maintenance work.

The course takes a practical approach to aiding the understanding of statutory compliance, with management and maintenance of facilities and premises, as well as assessing the health and safety risks of doing so.

Delegates will gain a full understanding of the core of today’s health and safety regulatory framework as covered in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They will also gain a full understanding of the legal responsibility for health and safety that lies with the employer. It will also cover GP and primary healthcare premises and those areas that constitute low risk, essentially office based businesses.

Benefits of this course:
• Observe how effective management of premises and facilities achieves value for money
• Gain the ability to effectively survey and inspect the condition, suitability and accessibility of premises
• Learn about current health and safety regulations
• Understand how to manage risk assessments in small businesses
• Interact with the speaker to resolve questions throughout the day
• Benefit from a post-seminar helpline facility
Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

The Building Regulations Part B Fire Safety guidance and alternative compliance documents

Course Overview:
Building regulations are statutory instruments that seek to ensure that the policies set out in the relevant legislation are carried out
The Building Regulations Part B: Fire Safety document provides technical guidance for all buildings to ensure buildings are designed and constructed with acceptable levels of fire safety compliance.
This updated 1 - day course will discuss all aspects of fire safety guidance contained in the latest ‘clarified’ versions of the two volumes including volume 1 dwelling houses and volume 2 buildings other than dwelling houses.
The revised sections involving External fire spread for certain high rise buildings, cladding construction, material performance etc.
Sprinklers to blocks of flats and wayfinding signage requirements will be discussed.
Other fire safety standards and related fire safety guidance will be discussed, including the Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005.

Benefits of the course:
• It provides an in depth understanding of the requirements of Part B fire safety design of the Building Regulations and is an important part of any construction professional’s role in designing and constructing buildings to provide an acceptable level of fire safety.
• It removes some of the myths that have evolved over the years regarding the complexity of building fire safety requirements.
• The ability to navigate through the complexities of the documents.
• Access the speaker’s wealth of knowledge in the application of the fire safety requirements for all buildings.
• Practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations.
• Provides an understanding of alternative standards available to provide compliance.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £375 plus VAT

A Practical Guide to Dilapidations, Party Walls and Rights to Light

This 1 day course is designed to provide a practical insight into the law and practice of dilapidations, party walls and rights to light, that the design, construction and property management team could face.

This course is geared to provide a detailed examination of building surveys and inspections for the majority of low rise commercial and residential building types.

Achieving Compliance with the Building Regulations Part L

This 1 day course will provide professionals within the building industry with valuable practical guidance on how to demonstrate compliance with the new part L1A and L2A approved documents and amended L1B – L2B.

The new Approved Documents detail the next step changes to the Government’s intention to achieve zero carbon dwellings by 2016 and zero carbon non-dwellings by 2019. It will focus on the requirements in detail, including the interpretation of the standards and, through the use of case studies involving real projects, will guide you through the compliance route.

We also deliver 'Keeping up to speed with the Latest Building and Fire Regulations' course which contains 1 hour’s content on Part L.

Benefits of this course:
• Understand the changes to Building Regulations
• Get to grips with how fuel can be conserved
• Knowledge of how to comply with updated regulations
• Benefit from a post seminar help line

Building Access and Egress: Compliance Standards for People with Disabilities

This brand new 1 day course will provide statutory national regulatory guidance to clients, design professionals and contractors engaged in the construction of new buildings and alterations/extensions to existing buildings including historical buildings for the access and egress of People with Disabilities using buildings.

The course will include national Building Regulations requirements, British Standards and Equality Act legislation requirements for all types of buildings including reference to supplementary guidance documents.

Dealing with Dampness

The aim of this 1 day course is to understand why and how condensation, damp and rot occur in buildings and to discuss appropriate remedies. This comprehensively structured course draws on case studies in housing and other building types and is designed to appeal to new entrants to property maintenance and facility management and as a comprehensive refresher for existing practitioners. The content is also relevant to those involved in managing energy efficiency improvements.

Dampness in all its forms continues to be a source of common building defects. The course adopts a forensic approach to diagnosing and investigating the causes of these defects and provides solutions for remedial work and preventative strategies.

This course is most suited for Local authorities, housing associations, maintenance officers, inspectors, administrative staff and housing officers.

Benefits of this course:
• Understand what causes dampness
• Get to grips with the effects and consequences
• Recognise how to prevent and avoid dampness
• Gain knowledge of building to keep dampness away
• Benefit from a post seminar help line

Effective communication & negotiation skills for construction and property professionals

This RECENTLY UP-DATED 1 DAY COURSE is for construction and property professionals wishing to rapidly build their power and impact in negotiations, pitches and business meetings.

It will give you the skills and confidence to write, present and get the best deal for yourself and your company.

There will be interactive group work to bring out your issues and deal with them safely in a dynamic and energetic atmosphere. This training session will be fast, fun and informative.

• Matthew Hill
Matthew Hill is an author, broadcaster and master trainer with more than 10 year’s experience of coaching people like you to reach their goals, improve the quality of their lives and find their voice to influence and assert their wishes.

He has worked with such companies as Tesco, General Electric, Vodafone and Mercedes Benz.


* Fantasic ideas and approaches
* Excellent - I was very pleasantly surprised !

Maintenance for the Life of Buildings

Well maintained, fit for purpose and compliant property assets are critical to the delivery of core business in all organisations; all businesses and public sector organisations need reliable, efficient and safe buildings to operate from. Regrettably many public and commercial sector organisations continue to fail to ensure that building assets are maintained to provide satisfactory levels of performance and safety.
As the owner or manager of building assets it is essential to adopt a proactive approach to managing planned maintenance and statutory compliance. This new one-day course is built around case studies and examples and you will find it a stimulating source of information for your professional development.
Who should attend?
This course is designed for people who own, manage and maintain property. You may be in the public or private sector and responsible for national property portfolios or a substantial individual property. The course content will also benefit consultant property and facility managers. The content draws on case study material from all types of buildings, including residential, retail, offices, leisure, hotels, industrial, commercial, schools and colleges.
Teaching methods include the use of handouts, sample reports, risk assessment templates, checklists, website links and case studies, which will serve as a continuing source of reference for participants.
Reasons why you should attend
• Occupying and using premises are a significant cost to an organisation or company
• Well maintained, fit for purpose and compliant property assets are critical to the delivery of business success
• Keep up to-date with best practice and trends
• Planned preventative building maintenance maximizes cost savings and provides better value for money
• Deferring building maintenance could result in the closure of the premises
• Practice premises management with minimal environmental impact and low carbon solutions

Managing Health & Safety in Property and Buildings – Asbestos, Fire Safety and Legionella

This 1 day course will provide an overview of the legal requirements and associated risks of managing all non-residential properties in the private and public sector, and how to go about taking the danger out of buildings.

This course covers the risks, principles and importance of managing health and safety in buildings as well as the legal responsibilities in doing so. Health and safety within buildings takes into consideration legionella management, asbestos management, fire risks and statutory inspections of electrical, gas, pressure and lifting systems ensuring non-residential properties are risk free.

Benefits of this course:
• Gain in-depth knowledge of risk management
• Recognise responsibilities for managing and rectifying risks
• Learn how to manage a variety of risks
• Get to grips with statutory inspections
• Benefit from a post seminar help line

Tackling Party, Boundary Wall and On-Site Liability Problems

This recently updated 1 day course covers the problems of boundary disputes, The Party Wall Act, and a range of potential on-site disputes that the design team and building contractor could face.

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