The effects of the pandemic still affect everything.
In the world of retrofit projects, some work has carried on ; planning permissions and other approvals have slowed down – with Council officers often on more pressing duties.
We have several ongoing projects; three concurrently being detailed and costed ; skilled builders as ever are in short supply. No doubt all the best ones are extra busy as lockdown has focused so many on domestic projects. One retrofit to near Enerphit standard has started on site now.
The value engineering process involved in honing a scheme to balance everything is complex and time-consuming; weighing up clients’ budget and brief; pragmatic and limitations of the existing structure; building regs. requirements; CO2 emissions involved in demolition / excavation work ; and expediency of streamlining the work alongside builders’ skills.