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Building within the legal limits!

Starting any construction project can be like walking through a landmine of misunderstandings and what limitations are applicable. Even when contracts are in place, prework negotiations are agreed upon, and everyone is ready. The team are in place, materials are on site and then someone raises a question....... and you know there's an answer, but which law, guideline, or construction regulation applies?

Here at BPP, our virtual construction assistants are HR geeks and love knowing and applying laws and guidelines to ensure projects run smoothly, effectively and successfully.

In the UK, the construction industry is subject to a number of laws and regulations, some of which are specific to the UK. Some of the most important UK laws that impact the construction industry include:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: This law places a duty on employers to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of employees at work, including construction sites.

  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015: These regulations aim to ensure that health and safety are considered throughout the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure projects.

  • Building Regulations: These are minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings, including requirements for safety, accessibility, and energy efficiency. Building Regulations are enforced by local authorities in the UK.

  • The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended): This law governs the payment process in construction contracts, including provisions for interim payments, payment notices, and adjudication.

  • The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999: This law allows third parties, such as sub-contractors, to enforce the terms of a contract to which they are not a party.

  • The Environmental Protection Act 1990: This law sets out the UK’s framework for waste management and pollution control, including requirements for construction waste management and environmental impact assessments.

  • The Equality Act 2010: This law aims to prevent discrimination on the basis of characteristics such as race, gender, and disability in all areas of public life, including employment and the provision of goods and services.

Compliance with these laws is crucial to ensure the safety, quality, and legality of construction projects in the UK,

So, if you need help with ensuring your projects are compliant then get in contact, and we can find you the right BPP virtual construction assistant that will help with the review of policies and procedures, ssip compliant, getting you CHAS accredited, and can help with HR too!

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