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Quarterly Newsletter - Summer

It's definitely feeling like summer. The sun is out, Wimbledon is in full flow and we are looking forward to enjoying the long summer evenings. In this issue we look back at our Technical Director Trevor Rushton’s recent discussion on 'A common sees approach to building defects.' Our focus moves to Bristol who celebrated their 21st birthday with drinks and more than 80 people from the city's property market. We also take a look at the Courtauld Institute carbon management plan, charity cycle ride instigated by London Director Matthew Ellams for the helipad appeal and Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and lastly we welcome six new starters across the company.

Quarterly Newsletter - Summer

Summer Newsletter - A common sense approach to building defects

Technical Director Trevor Rushton spoke to a packed room at a recent RICS conference on the subject of defects in modern buildings. The rapid advances in building techniques and materials has, he told his audience, largely replaced craft with a process of assembly which has its own pitfalls. Trevor warned against assuming that “new” equals “bad” and ran through a number of failures in modern buildings he has seen over the last year or so, all of which were down to simply not following basic principles rather than a result of “new-ness”. Common sense and sticking to some straightforward rules will, Trevor contends, radically decrease the level of building failures. For more on this subject click here.

The Watts Bulletin is the technical companion to the Watts Pocket Handbook, the essential guide to property and construction, as used by professionals since 1983.

Watts Bulletin editor: Trevor Rushton.