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to see what BIM can deliver from cradle to
grave: in this case from the site investigation
to the instrumentation and monitoring data
that will be used by the owners of the asset.”
A significant step towards
greater capacity and
connectivity
Institution of Civil Engineers
(ICE) Director General, Nick
Baveystock (left), said: “ICE
believes HS2 is still the best
option for greatly increasing
rail capacity, strengthening
connectivity between city-
regions
and
creating
economic and regeneration
opportunities - and the publication of the
Hybrid Bill is a significant step towards
achieving this.
“We welcome Government’s ongoing
efforts to make the case for HS2. Clearly
it has to be an integral part of a national
transport strategy rather than a project
developed in isolation, and the benefits
should be understood.
“But any debate must be properly
informed, and Government must take the
lead in bringing about a much greater
understanding of the management and cost
of risk, and how contingency really works –
an area which has caused concern around
projected costs.
“Much was learned from our experi-
ence with contingency budgeting in the
London 2012 Olympics, and this has been
embedded within the HS2 programme, but
the trick now is to articulate that.”
FMB slams MPs’ call to keep
Code for Sustainable Homes
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
has slammed the House of Commons
Environmental Audit Committee’s report
into the Code for Sustainable Homes and the
Housing Standards Review as “one-sided”
and called on the Committee to re-examine
the evidence.
The Committee’s report calls on the
Department for Communities and Local
Government (DCLG) to reconsider plans
outlined in the recent Housing Standards
Review consultation to phase out the Code
for Sustainable Homes and questioned its
plans to rationalise technical standards
through a set of tiered national standards.
Brian Berry (below), FMB Chief Executive,
said: “For years, the building industry has had
to negotiate a proliferation of competing,
overlapping and sometimes contrary local
and national standards.
“These have added unnecessary
complexity and cost to the house building
industry, and have
had a dispropor-
tionate
impact
on smaller firms
and
smaller
developments.”
B e r r y
c o n t i n u e d :
“The
Housing
Standards Review took place over an
extended period of time with input from all
interested parties,. It systematically exam-
ined the different standards in operation
and proposed a clear way forward: a set of
tiered national standards and the incorpo-
ration of these standards over time, wher-
ever possible, into Building Regulations.
“This would draw a clear and sensible
line of distinction between the planning
system, which should properly be focused on
the impact of buildings on their immediate
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