Keeping it local

February 9, 2012



This little domestic building in Heptonstall, completed a couple of days before Christmas 2011, is a great example of ‘keeping it local’.

The site is couple of minutes walk from my office (very convenient for keeping an eye on progress), so too for the structural engineer, Darren Paine of DP Squared Ltd. The builder – Stuart Hegginbottom – is based in Cornholme and employed local sub-contractors including a stone mason, electrician and plasterer for the construction works. New doors were fabricated by Todmorden Door and Window Centre Ltd and the majority of new building materials sourced through local builders’ merchants. As construction work came to an end, in stepped local decorator Geoff Scott to apply the finishing touches.

During the planning phase, we commissioned a below-ground drainage survey from Calderdale Sewer Services who did an excellent job tracing the existing Victorian drains and didn’t leave site until they had identified all existing pipes, routes and junctions.

As the works approached completion, we commissioned an air permeability test from Robert Smith of DRUK Ltd (Halifax). Robert’s service was also excellent – the test wasn’t entirely straightforward, but he stayed on site until well into the evening (on a very dark and cold December night) until his job was complete. (An air permeability test is a required under the building regulations and the result of the test is a component of the measure of energy efficiency for new dwellings.)

Calderdale planning and building control departments both provided an excellent service processing the planning, listed building and conservation area consents and the building regulations application as well as providing valuable practical on-site advice.

It’s great to showcase such a wealth of skills, all of which are thriving in Calderdale, in fact, all within a 10 mile radius of our site!

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