When Finlock concrete guttering fails

Finlock guttering is the term given to concrete gutters that were popular in buildings in the 1950s and 60s. Like many defects in concrete buildings of that era, the legacy of installing Finlock gutte...

What is a licence to alter?

If you live in a flat, whether it is purpose built or part of a converted house, and want to refurbish or make any changes it is likely that you will need to obtain a licence to alter. Depending on t...

Concrete isn’t a 1960’s invention

Britain was part of the Roman Empire for over 350 years. The Romans arrived in AD 43 and left in 410 and during this period they built eight thousand miles of road. Pre-Roman Britain already had an Ir...

Celebrating women in the built environment

To commemorate International Women’s Day, we at McCarthy Partnership chose five women who have had, or are having, a positive impact on our built environment. For us, Jane Jacobs stands alone....

Is condensation a problem in your home?

Condensation is a problem in most dwellings and is usually caused by the behaviour of the people who live in them. Therefore, better understanding of the causes of condensation could eradicate the pro...

From the Great Fire of London rises the surveyor

In advance of the Housing White Paper, we look back at the evolution of the building surveyor This year marks the 350th anniversary of the passing of the London Building Act, which was a result of ...