March 2013

HCD Group attending the Care Show Bournemouth 2013 (Click Here)

February 2013

Fire Safety Design for Aparthotels (Click Here)

Fire Safety when Converting Office to Residential (Click Here)

HCD Working in the Defence Sector (Click Here)

Post Construction Building Regulations Guidance (Click Here)

January 2013

Further to the Government’s recent announcements on Local Acts and amendments to Building Regulations . Please see our briefing Note that outlines the changes and implementation Click Here

December 2012

Local acts including section 20

On the 18th December 2012, The Rt Hon Don Foster MP released a Ministerial Statement on future changes to the Building Regulations; in particular the removal of Local Acts and Section 20 was covered. An extract is below…

‘I am informing the House that I will also shortly be laying regulations to repeal unnecessary fire provisions in 23 Local Acts. The decision has been taken in the light of previous consultation which found no evidence to justify maintaining requirements which go beyond the necessary protection already afforded nationally through the building regulations, and lead to differing and inconsistent rules even within fire and rescue authority areas. Evidence does not establish any statistically significant impact on life safety. These changes are intended to come into force on 9 January 2013.’

The link below is the full Ministerial Statement.

For further information, please contact Steve Highwood

November 2012

Award Winning Student Housing at Somerville College, Oxford
HCD provided Building Control and CDM Co-ordinator services for Award Winning Student Housing at Somerville College recently published in Architects Journal.

October 2012

Admirals Quay, Southampton
HCD is providing Fire Safety Engineering and CDM Co-ordinator services on Southampton’s Tallest Tower (click here)

Regent Circus, Swindon
HCD are providing Building Control and Fire Safety Engineering at £50 million redevelopment in Swindon (click here)

Award Winning Roden Court
HCD complete Building Control services on Award Winning Roden Court with Galliford Try and One Housing Group (click here)
September 2012Network Rail’s National Centre
HCD Building Control completes on the new National Centre for Network Rail (click here)

Education Secretary Michael Gove has opened new free school which HCD provided Building Control

August 2012

Changes to the Welsh Building Regulations Part L are out for consultation, click here for more information.

July 2012

HCD Group achieves CHAS accreditation

Marble Arch House
A challenging Central London project provides a unique set of building control challenges (click here)

3 Merchant Square
HCD Building Control assisting in development of striking open plan layout for the apartments (click here)

New Care Home in Yarnton for Sanctuary Care
HCD Eng provides Civil & Structural Engineering services for new residential care home (click here)

June 2012

Major Changes to the Building Regulations
HCD Building Control outlines major changes to the Building Regulations planned for 2012/2013 (click here)
Fusion Fire Engineering
Working with Bristol Airport on its ambitious development plans (click here)
Z Hotels
HCD’s Group input supports launch of boutique hotel brand (click here)
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
HCD Building Control Ltd continues work at Jodrell Bank following the successful completion of the new visitors centre (click here)

March 2012

HCD Group’s national CDMC / Health & Safety  team expand service offering to include Site Waste Management plans.  For further information click here

February 2012

Sandwell College
HCD Building Control completes services for the new eye-catching £77m Sandwell College Campus. For further information click here

December 2011

Retirement Villages
HCD completes group services for new care home. For further information click here

November 2011

15th November 2011

The HCD Wolverhampton office has moved to a new location as of 15th November 2011
Our New Address is:

HCD Group Ltd
Technology Centre
Wolverhampton Science Park
WV10 9RU

Our New Telephone Numbers are:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1902 824121 
Fax: +44 (0) 1902 824221

3rd November 2011

HCD Building Control Ltd has recently completed work on Dome House, Lake District National Park as seen on Channel 4’s Grand Designs on 2 November 2011.

To discover more:

October 2011


Fusion Fire Engineering, the HCD Group’s fast growing fire safety consultancy business, has made another key appointment.

Alex Manning has joined the company as associate director, having previously held the position of senior consultant at one of the leading UK providers of fire safety services.

He has broad experience of developing fire strategies for schemes in the private and public sectors having worked widely in the UK and on projects overseas. In the UK he worked on landmark developments that include Farringdon Station for Crossrail, the Leadenhall Building and Bishopsgate Tower developments in the City of London and town centre redevelopments at St Austell and High Wycombe.

Alex also gained valuable experience of fire safety in the design of airports while working on the development of strategies for Terminals 1, 3 and 4 plus the new-build T2B at Heathrow as well as undertaking projects at Stansted, Luton and Southampton airports. Internationally, he worked on new-build fire strategies for Pafos and Larnaca international airports in Cyprus and for a new terminal in Rwanda.

Alex is a leading practitioner of the increasingly popular Fire Safety Engineering approach to building design. This is a risk-based methodology that delivers robust fire strategies with far greater design freedom and offers an alternative to the traditional prescriptive codes and regulations.

“Throughout my career I have been a strong advocate of Fire Safety Engineering and its ability to deliver safe schemes, often at lower cost, and with far greater freedom for designers,” said Alex. “As demand for this approach continues to grow I look forward to playing my part as the Fusion business expands to become the leading fire engineering provider in the UK.”

August 2011

Work commences on site at Oxford University’s Mathematics Institute.  HCD is currently providing both Approved Inspector and CDM Co-ordinator services for this project under its Framework Agreement with the University.

July 2011

Growing demand among clients for professional support in complying with their statutory duties has seen a surge in new and repeat business for HCD’s team of CDM Co-ordinators. In response it has expanded its operations to provide more support to clients, particularly in the north of the country with the appointment of Karl Simpson.

The latest edition of Building Blocks is now available to download providing an insight into HCD projects and information on the growing demands for CDM Co-ordinators.

HCD Building Control strengths its Letchworth office with the appointment of Jason Lee.

June 2011

HCD Management Ltd strengthens its quantity surveying team in the south west with the appointment of Jamie Campell.

April 2011

Westgate Retail & Leisure Complex, Aldershot
HCD Building Control Ltd providing Approved Inspector Building Control services for the new £50m Westgate leisure and retail complex.

HCD Building Control Ltd adds to its surveying team in Fareham with the appointment of Peter Louis.

February 2011

Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute
HCD completes Building Control and CDM Co-ordinator services on the new Oxford Molecular Institute at Oxford University.

January 2011

HCD Building Control Ltd appoints Simon Hodges as Senior Building Control Surveyor working out of their Fareham office.

10th January 2011

The HCD Leeds office has moved to a new location as of 10th January 2011
Our New Address is:

HCD Group Ltd
4100 Park Approach
Thorpe Park
LS15 8GB

Our New Telephone Numbers are:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1133 970 971
Fax: +44 (0) 1133 970 450

November 2010

23rd November 2010

HCD Group Ltd will be attending the 2010 European Hotel Design Awards. HCD has been involved in four of the schemes shortlisted this year:

Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool
For Conversion of an Existing Hotel Building

Park Inn Hotel, Manchester
For New Build

Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire
For Lobby & Public Areas

SoSPA at Sofitel St James, London
For Spa, Hotel & Leisure Facilities

1st November 2010

Fusion Fire Engineering expands with the appointment of Eoin Troy as Lead Fire Engineer based in their London office.  Eoin joins Fusion Engineering from Exova Warrington Fire.

October 2010

7th October 2010

The HCD Bristol office has moved to a new location as of 7th October 2010

Our New Address is:

HCD Group Ltd
130 Aztec
Aztec West
BS32 4UB

Telephone: +4 (0) 1454 629 663

August 2010

13th August 2010

HCD Building Control Ltd releases ‘A Smart Approach to Part L’ which highlights the impact of the New Part L and outlines the transitional arrangements.

To request a copy of this document, please click here

2nd August 2010

East Sussex County Council appoint HCD Building Control Ltd for their Building Control Services for Capital and Revenue Building Programmes Aug 2010 – July 2013

May 2010

18th May 2010

Government Releases

New Part L 2010 Versions –
Transitional Arrangements

The transitional arrangements are as follows:
• Commence on site before 1 October 2010, Part L 2006 version applies
• Applications made for Building Regulations before 1 October 2010 and commenced before 1 October 2011, Part L 2006 version applies
• Applications made for Building Regulations after 1 October 2010, then Part L 2010 is the guidance to be followed.

A start on site is a drainage excavation or foundation (not demolition or strip out works) and on multi building sites a start on one part is the commencement for all the scheme.

The 2010 Part L requires a 25% reduction in CO2 emission from 2006 standards. The methodology of 2006 Part L is maintained but standards for services and envelope is further tightened to achieve the necessary reduction in CO2 emission.

18th May 2010

HCD Group is able to provide approved seminars and technical paper on a range of subjects.

HCD Building Control Part L Seminar Invite

March 2010

1st March 2010

The latest edition of Building Blocks is now available to download providing an insight into HCD projects and information on the launch of Fusion Fire Engineering.