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New guidance for building control applications

ICE structures experts have published new guidance to help construction engineers raise the standard of Building Control approval submissions under Part A of the Building Regulations, and their equivalents in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The guidance follows an investigation by the ICE structures expert panel, the Standing Committee on Structural Safety, and the Association of Structural Engineers of London Boroughs. They examined the standard of approval submissions to Building Control authorities and collectively found many Building Control approval submissions to English local authorities for construction and extension projects often were substandard. They concluded that there was a need to share best practice.

The ICE structures expert panel hopes its guidance will improve the design assumptions in building control applications, ensure vital data is included, avoid errors and to limit safety risks.

  • View the ICE Structures Expert Panel guidance at

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