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04 
Oct

Grand Designs Show NEC Free Tickets 6-10th October 2021


We will be exhibiting at this years Grand Designs Shows at the NEC from the October 6-10th 2021 and we are pleased to offer complimentary tickets for those who wish to attend.

Please click here to obtain your free tickets.

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Published Date: 4th October 2021
Category: Uncategorized


 

19 
Aug

Careers in Construction

Everyone matters and here at ABC+ Warranty,
that includes young people that tend to be overlooked.

A Level and GCSE grades are important but equally
it isn’t the end of the world if you haven’t received
The grades that you were hoping for this week.

Jacob is currently working through his Summer holidays with one of our amazing clients, ‘Villam Developments’– experts in property conversions.

Jacob is hoping to learn all of the building trades required to become a property developer from brick laying to building surveying.

“I am learning so much on a building site and I am being trained by highly skilled people including a master stonemason”.

ABC+ Supporting work experience and professional development of young people.

Jacob Reid, 17 and currently studying:
Geology, Business Studies & Geography at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

There are so many routes into the construction industry:

  • On site work experience, NOT dependent upon GCSE or A-Level grades
  • An apprenticeship scheme which combines both on-site training with a choice of different degrees in construction at a local university. Most GCSE, BTEC and/or A-Level grades are considered.
  • Full time university degree in a specific area of construction or property design.

This is a list of just a few of the many careers available in construction:

Architect/ Building Control Inspector/ Building Surveyor/ Civil Engineer/ Construction Manager/ Crane Operator/ Damp proof specialist/ Drainage Engineer/  Energy Assessor/ Electrical Engineer/ Environmental Advisor/ Fire Engineer/ Heritage Consultant/Interior Designer/ Land Surveyor/ Landscape Architect/ Quantity Surveyor

ABC+ Warranty are actively encouraging all construction related employers to support and teach only the highest quality standards for the construction of new homes and converted properties.

We are also proudly supporting 2 apprentices through a 5 year RICS Building Surveying degree whilst they receive invaluable on the job experience.

ABC+ is the only Structural Warranty company in the UK that is a RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) registered firm.

Certifying properties built to last for generations.

Get your QuickQuote today for our award winning
ABC+ Warranty or tel. 0161 928 8804

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Published Date: 19th August 2021
Category: Uncategorized


 

21 
Jun

Property Developers – DON’T FALL PREY!



When building a property or converting a building into residential dwellings, 2 types of certificates are available once a property is completed and you CAN NOT SELL the completed property without one of these!

Either of these certificates should only be issued by a professionally qualified person such as a Chartered Building Surveyor who has monitored and/orchecked the works that have been carried out have been done so to a satisfactory standard and that the property is fit for purpose for future homeowners and their mortgage lenders to rely upon these certificates.

A Structural Warranty

In the event of a defect in workmanship, product or design discovered up to 10years after the completed works, a claim may be made to rectify or even rebuildthe property.

A PCC

If a defect is discovered up to 6 years after the completed works whereby the defect could have been identified and/ or prevented during the Monitoring Building Surveyors inspections, a claim may be made to rectify or even rebuild the property.

As mortgage lenders are tightening up their lending criteria, unless a provider of aPCC or a Warranty has been appointed from the commencement of works the lender may reject either of these certificates.
This may prevent the property from being mortgageable! Don’t get caught out!

Warning!

Despite the majority of mortgage lenders stating that they accept both types of these certificates under the UK Finance mortgage lenders handbook,
6.7.4 AND 6.7.1 of their lending criteria, this MAY NOT always be the case. We would always recommend appointing a PCC or Warranty provider
BEFORE works start, not only because of the above, but because it is also much more cost-effective. This is because there is more risk involved from an insurance claims point of view, if works have not been monitored throughout the construction stages and the Monitoring Building Surveyor may not be able to see any defects that have been covered over.

Warranties – Not Cut and Dry

It’s important to note that if a Warranty provider has been called in late in the day, ie when the property has already been completed, the level of cover provided under the Warranty certificate is identical to the cover provided had the property been monitored throughout. The only difference is the cost to purchase such cover. Typically this can be twice as expensive if not more than appointing a provider from the commencement of works.

Fair For All Budgets

A Structural Warranty is typicaly twice the price of a PCC. So depending on your budget, a Structural Warranty is not always an option for a self-builder or smaller developer and in those cases, a PCC would be their only option.

Don’t Put It Off

Appoint a certificate provider from the commencement of works!

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Published Date: 21st June 2021
Category: Uncategorized


 

21 
Jun

ABC+ Tackles rural Scotland

Structural warranty provider, ABC+ Warranty has reported another high level of activity in the construction industry from new build to conversion works. The Structural warranty provider is constantly looking at ways to maintain its award-winning services through the whole of the United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We already provide the fastest quotation service in the UK so this will bring more benefits to ABC+ customers and staff.

Life Construction

Life Construction is an up and coming team of specialist builders, who are bringing a new concept into the construction world, supported and surveyed by ABC+ Warranty, Principal, Building Surveyor Jason Burns RICS.

Building from the ground up in rural Scotland, Life Construction is tackling a new build for the first time and are looking to progress in the construction market. Constructing a new build using off-site sustainably manufactured timber frame building creates many benefits for timber frame buildings: Cost-effective, labour saving, quick turn around. Such timber frame buildings are also highly versatile as they can be clad in almost any building material. Cladding in general should comply with the latest fire regulation requirements found here

Structural Timber Association

STA sets out guidance for the professionals involved in monitoring timber frame constructions, also using the Building Regulations limiting risk.
Designers will have to specify materials that:

– Reduce the potential for fire ignition
– Limit the spread of fire
– Stop the passage of hot gases and smoke

Structural Engineers will influence the material choice to provide ‘passive protection’

ABC+ Warranties Influence

ABC Chartered Building Surveyors perform a desktop assessment, ensuring approved materials carry CE markings. Within the CE marking process, there is a requirement to declare the reaction to fire for timber products. The required level of fire performance for structures is typically given in terms of a reaction to fire classification and a fire-resistance rating, as given in the Building Regulations. In timber frame buildings, fire resistance is typically achieved by providing fire-resistant linings to compartment floors and walls. The spread of fire through concealed cavities is restricted using cavity barriers; typically positioned in the external cavity walls between the timber frame structure and the cladding materials. A cavity barrier is a material filling a gap that provides 30 minutes resistance to fire, as proven by fire tests or assessments.

Furnace tests are used to determine the duration of time that a structural assembly retains its stability, insulation and integrity. Structural timber buildings are designed to be robust against fire. The use of timber in the building’s structure has design principles that are tried and tested in the construction industry and have demonstrated that timber structures can comply with fire regulations…

Life Construction’s Timber frame Specification:

  • Internal Board: 11mm OSB 13mm Plasterboard External Cladding: T-Vind 11mm OSB Top Plate Support: C24 Timber. Non-combustible Horizontal cladding pre-finished colour. Cavity fire stops around openings, 1st floor, vertical & horizontal cavities.
  • ABC Regional Monitoring Surveyors (RMS) check compliance through the Building Regulations to ensure the robustness of buildings against fire.
  • Fact on Fire – UK Building Regulations and other fire safety regulations are among the most stringent in the world. Timber frame buildings comply with this.
  • The STA provides guidance on how to use such materials in such a way that our buildings are safe, robust, durable and appropriate.
  • Technical experts such as NHBC, TRADA and BRE consider timber frames to be an acceptable method of building.

ABC+ Warranty Property Insurance

ABC+ Warranty offers the most cost-effective mortgage lender approved 10 Year Structural Warranty certification in the UK. For Life Construction and our many other satisfied clients, we offer high-quality customer service and support from start to finish on your Build project. ABC+ is lean and resilient, with forward-thinking investments in both staff and technologies, ensuring customers receive value for money during these uncertain times. As part of the warranty cover, our Principal Surveyor Jason has completed a full plan check and to date, carried out regular Zoom inspections in addition to physical site inspections at key stages of the Build process for this type of new build project.

Happy to help.

Get our QUICK QUOTE today or call us t. 0161 928 8804 to speak directly to our Warranty Team

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Published Date: 21st June 2021
Category: Uncategorized


 

05 
Nov

Architects Certificate Latest

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Published Date: 5th November 2020
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03 
Apr

Critical Inspections for Building Sites



With COVID (19) affecting most industries in the UK, there has never been a more important time than now to ensure that your building project is being adequately protected with frequent monitoring of works by surveying professionals.

After liaising closely with Government officials, it was welcoming news to receive the letter of comfort to the construction industry on the 31st March issued by The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, highlighting the importance of the construction industry whilst keeping building sites open and operational.

ABC+ Warranty are one of the remaining Structural Warranty companies that remain fully operational and equipped to carry out professional inspection services by their team of fully Chartered Surveyors.

With the majority of other Warranty providers choosing not to continue to assist clients at this time and instead, leaving clients potentially exposed and vulnerable if works are progressing without professional guidance.

‘It’s not the strongest that survive but the one most adaptable to change’, “never has a truer phrase been spoken in our current economy. We are an ever-evolving business but one thing never changes, our core values; Customer Care and Quality Buildings certified to last for generations” says ABC+ Managing Director, Adele Reid.

As part of their duty of care to both Surveyors and their clients, ABC+ have issued the following Inspection Protocol which sets out clear requirements and boundaries to be followed to ensure inspections can be carried out professionally and safely by all concerned.

Inspecting properties since 1989, ABC+ Warranty would like to share their wealth of expertise and information available to them from various industry sources starting with recent guidelines issued by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) detailing Site Operating Procedures – which sets out practical measures for construction sites to comply with Public Health England’s guidance on distancing and hygiene.

ABC+ offer a range of services covering all areas of the UK including; 10 & 12 Year Structural Warranties, 6 Year Professional Consultant Certificates, Road Bonds, Contractors All Risk insurance and Building Control services.

With banks and building societies providing mortgage holiday payments, there has never been a better time to secure a quotation with ABC+.  Payment option plans are available at no extra cost with affordable fixed prices, available until 31st August 2020.

Click to obtain your QUICK QUOTE, or call 0161 928 8804 to discuss your building requirements.

www.architectscertificate.co.uk

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Published Date: 3rd April 2020
Category: Uncategorized


 

03 
Apr

Government letter of comfort to the construction industry.



Please find below a link to a letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to the UK’s construction sector with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to the construction sector

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Published Date: 3rd April 2020
Category: Uncategorized


 

29 
Mar

Coronavirus COVID (19) Professional Inspection protocol



We thank you for your continued support and understanding and the safety of our clients and our Surveyors are of paramount importance to us.

To enable us to safely carry out inspections for your building project, we must insist that the following guidelines are strictly adhered to:-

  • Our Surveyors will call you on the morning of our scheduled inspection and you must inform them if anyone who is, or, who has been, recently working on your building site and showing  symptoms of COVID (19). If so, our inspection will be rescheduled for a different future date.
  • All individuals and site workers to kindly vacate the property/building site to enable our Surveyors to remain at least 2m apart from any other individual and to be able to access all areas of the property whilst being able to move around the property freely.  
  • Please leave all external and internal doors open to reduce the need for our Surveyors to touch door handles, this includes but not limited to cupboards underneath a kitchen sinks when checking for items such as satisfactory plumbing works or boilers concealed behind kitchen/housing units.
  • Loft hatches should be left open to allow for easy visual inspection of the internal roof structure and for easy checking for adequate insulation to roof spaces.
  • Our Surveyors will be wearing gloves during their inspection and where possible, they will be avoid touching handles or work surfaces.
  • If there is a particular section of the property that our Surveyors are not able to access, you will be notified and required to submit photographs and or video footage of those particular items/areas.
  • If these conditions of our inspections are compromised in any way, we reserve the right to charge you for an additional inspection to take place at a later date.
  • If our Surveyors notice any site workers that are not adhering to the social distancing measures, we will notify the site manager and we will be keeping a record of this information which could be made available to the Authorities if requested.

We will continue to keep you up to date with any further changes to these guidelines.

If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

We thank you for helping us to keep the construction industry active and safe.

Yours sincerely

Adele Reid

Managing Director

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Published Date: 29th March 2020
Category: Uncategorized


 

25 
Mar

ABC+ WARRANTY – UK CONSTRUCTION CORONAVIRUS UPDATE



Following the Governments recent announcement for lockdown procedures in the UK, I am delighted to confirm that as of this morning, the Construction industry has been specified as a ‘Critical Industry’ and is therefore encouraged to keep construction activity going ahead as normal, this includes site inspections by professionals such as ourselves and our Surveyors here at ABC+ Warranty.

We understand just how important it is that activity continues on building sites and we remain committed to supporting all of our clients.

Our site inspections will continue to go ahead as normal but we must insist that you respectfully follow the social distancing guidelines and ensure that any worker at the site remains at least 2 meters apart from our Surveyors whilst carrying out our inspections.

Alternatively, where possible, please clear the site of workers during our inspection to ensure the safety of both our Surveyors and also that of your workers.

When booking your next inspection, we need you to confirm that there is no one at the site who has been advised to self-isolate, has returned from overseas from an affected area or is displaying signs of coronavirus.

RICS GUIDANCE TO CORONA VIRUS

Please continue to take a good selection of photographs of any works as they progress for our records.

We will continue to offer all of our clients our ‘Pay as you build’ payment option plan at no additional cost.

You can check our website for this and all other updates in line with any further Government guidelines.

Yours sincerely

Adele Reid
Managing Director
Architects Certificate & ABC+ Warranty

Tel. 0161 928 8804



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Published Date: 25th March 2020
Category: Uncategorized


 

20 
Jan

Build It Live Event City Manchester 22nd-23rd February Free Tickets

Come and meet the ABC+ team at Build It Live at Event City, Manchester on the 22nd-23rd February. Simply click on the link below and fill out the form to receive free tickets for this event

Click Here For Free Tickets

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Published Date: 20th January 2020
Category: Uncategorized


 

 

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