What’s new in Newham Building Control?

New Building Control Manager, Mariza Graham

Newham has a New Building Control Manager to oversee the rapid and dynamic changes to the landscape in the borough. Mariza has fantastic grounding and is supported by a motivated team which includes engineers and a strong support section to aid in the daily running of the office.

Mariza Graham is more than happy to provide a quote or arrange a meeting for any new commercial schemes. Newham Building Control can also work with agents and architects outside of the borough under the partnership scheme.

Level six - Passes for Anne, Heeren and Munir

Anne Ajayi and Heeren Parmar have successfully passed the Level 6 Competency exam and continue to provide a high level of professionalism in the built environment with special regards to commercial and hi-rise residential schemes.

Anne Ajayi is also now a Chartered member of the IFE after being recognised for her hard work and diligence in the building control function. They both continue to train and mentor the junior staff. 

LABC Superstar award winner – our own Mariza Graham

Newham Building Control is proud to announce that Mariza Graham is the recipient of the LABC Superstar award. Mariza has a strong track-record working in local authority and was an active member checking the Olympic Park prior to the games in 2012. Her portfolio of projects continues to grow with her ever strong involvement with the regeneration work in Canning Town/ Beckton.

Mariza has further more passed the Fire Safety Competency test. This new test has been developed by the LABC in conjunction with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFireE) and is being used to demonstrate the competency of Local Authority building control surveyors to work on 'High Risk Residential Building'.

The LABC Superstar awards celebrate and recognise those unique individuals in local authority building control who go that extra mile to:

  • Support their colleagues
  • Delight their customers
  • Protect the public.

LABC Regional Awards

LDSA president Paul Stephens presided over the 2019 Regional Awards in which the best of new construction was on show and celebrated with the industry elite.

The awards reward excellent buildings, outstanding companies, and partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile.

London Borough of Newham was recognised at the awards as they successfully picked up Best Social Housing award for the McGrath Road housing development. Our very own Mariza Graham was presented with the award at the Guild Hall ceremony.

Working towards ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System certification

Newham Building Control is currently working towards securing an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certificate following a review.

This ensures consistent and high quality output. Each officer works diligently to record and process applications within the statutory time frame meaning we have streamlined and efficient systems in place to help your project get started.

As far as possible, we also aim to incorporate relevant parts of BCPSAG (Building Control Performance Standards Advisory Group) standards so that eventually all local authorities will be working on just one quality system thereby promoting a consistent service.

Technical update

Combustible Materials Ban in High Rise Residential Buildings

Changes have been made to the Building Regulations making combustible materials in relevant high rise buildings are no longer permitted as of 21st Dec 2018. These changes are in response to the Grenfell Tragedy on 14 June 2017.

These changes only apply to building and building work in England and Wales.

What is a relevant building?

Residential Floor above 18m and contains one or more dwellings

Contains an institution. These will be your hospitals, homes, schools or similar establishments used as living accommodations for treatment, care.

Contains a room for residential purposes including care homes, sheltered housing and dormitories in schools, (but excludes hotels, hostels and boarding houses).

In practice to the above requirements, materials used on relevant buildings described above will be limited to the following European Classifications, classified in accordance with BS EN 13501-1:

  1. Class A1. Products described as having no contribution to fire at any stage
  2. Class A2-s1,d0 products described as having no significant contribution to fire at any stage.

There are a number components within the construction of the wall that maybe excluded from this requirement given in Regulation 7(3). 

Notable exclusions are as follows:

  1. Seals, gaskets, fixings, sealants and backer rods
  2. Membranes. However they should achieve a minimum euro classification B-s3,d0
  3. Insulation and waterproofing material below ground
  4. Doors, windows and their frames and glass
  5. Intumescent and fire stopping materials

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any technical matter in further detail please kindly email: [email protected]