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June 10, 2011

Sister company Auger feature in C4 show ‘Help! my house is falling down’

Our sister company ‘Auger’, site investigation and drainage specialists, featured in last night’s C4 Sarah Beeny show in which she helps a couple who fear their house is sinking.  We proudly watched on as Iain took to the camera like a pro and assisted Sarah in investigating the cause of the subsidence and recommendations for repair. 

For those who missed the show, see Iain in action here and learn how important it is to get a strucutural report done before you enter into any contractual arrangements when purchasing a property.

If you have cracks appearing or any other signs of movement give us a call now and find out how Brewsters team of structural engineers and surveyors can help you or find out more about our structural reports here.

Don’t miss the next show, Thursday at 8:00pm, C4!

April 6, 2011

Driest March on record

Today OCA Landscape Planning Group  reported that “provisional Met Office rainfall figures for March indicate that the month is likely to be one of the driest on record, even with rain falling over recent days.

The UK average rainfall total from 1 to 29 March was 39.1 mm – 41% of the long-term average for the whole of the month which is 95.9 mm.

This provisional figure makes it the driest March since 1953 when 41.6 mm of rain was recorded. However, this month’s figure will increase following the rain which has fallen over the last few days.

England and Wales were particularly dry, with provisional figures suggesting the month could be amongst the driest in the past 100 years.

Although Northern Ireland and Scotland have been drier than average, provisional figures show the two nations less dry during the month.

Many regions within the UK are expected to have had one of their driest March months for a century but with further rainfall being added to monthly totals, this remains unconfirmed”.

For more information on this article, existing and planned land use, trees and arboriculture, ecology and landscape design and much more, go to www.landscapeplanninggroup.co.uk

February 2, 2011

Climate and Capacity Planning for the ‘Subsidence Claims’ World

OCA have issued their latest paper aimed to help those in the world of insurance claims and tree related subsidence of low rise buildings.

The report examines the recent cold weather we have been suffering, the probable causes and goes on to provide forecasts which may aid with capacity planning and what the likelihood is of a ‘Summer Surge’.

Read the report here ……

November 3, 2010

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October 20, 2010

TPO’s to be cut short

Proposals to simplify Tree Preservation Order paperwork has been announced by planning minister Bob Neill.

As part of the government’s drive to cut red tape, the proposal aims to consolidate the legal provisions currently contained in regulations and tree preservation orders (TPO’s) in England.

This move should save councils thousands in administration costs each year by using a shorter and easier to understand model order. 

This is good news for homeowners and insurers alike as the new process should not only remove ambiguities but ultimately speed up the often extremely complex and lengthy process of appeals and hearings when dealing with Local Authorities and tree related subsidence.

September 13, 2010

Climate change; number of droughts likely to increase?

A Met Office study on how climate change could affect the frequency of extreme droughts in the UK has found a range of possibilities — the majority of them showing such droughts will become more common.

For insurers, dry spells mean an increase in subsidence claim numbers.

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September 2, 2010

It won’t be long before the cracks start to appear

We can’t ignore the warnings that it won’t be long before the cracks start to appear as Britain’s insurance industry brace themselves for the predicted surge in subsidence claims following this year’s weather conditions.

The Met Office have reported that the UK has had the driest first 6 months of the year since 1929.

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August 20, 2010

Dry Summers mean more subsidence claims

In anticipation of the predicted surge in claim numbers, The Independent report:

Despite the rainy weather many of us have had over the past week, this has been one of the driest summers in the past 50 years, and homeowners are warned this means the threat of subsidence – which could cause hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage to their properties – has increased.

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