New Managing Director

Glyn Thomas has joined Building Consents Ltd. as the new MD designate due to company founder Larry King looking to wind down and retire in the next year. Glyn will take the helm following CICAIR approval and has ambitious plans to strengthen the company as it celebrates a decade of providing quality Approved Inspector services across the NW and Midlands.

Following a brief stint at Premier Guarantee and a more fulfulling decade abroad working for International property developer Amstar in Ukraine, Glyn aims to bring a more consensual approach to the market.

”I’ve worn a number of hats in my career, from being an Associate Director with Seifert International Architects to Director of Environment and Planning at Newhand Council and even more recently as a Developer for an American Real Estate Investor in Eastern Europe. This breadth of experience is invaluable in my new role as our clients have reassurance that I can understand their viewpoint”.

”I do think however, that the whole aspect of reviewing how we administer Building Regulations in England and Wales is overdue. Post-Grenfell, developers, designers and contractors have sought more reassurance and comfort, which in turn has lead to them asking more specific questions of the Building Control Body. Often though, these questions are detailed, project specific and its unrealistic for us as a profession to think we can answer them. Yes, we can advise and offer our opinions but ultimately it’s down to the developer and their team to comply.

Whilst we all want to be helpful it’s also time to recognise that most buildings already comply – our role as Approved Inspectors is to document that they are compliant through auditing the plans and specifications and then by undertaking planned and random inspections on site.

The Local Authority role of enforcement should be bolstered and allow a twin track approach – Approved Inspectors are like your accountant, they give you good advice but ultimately you run your own company. The LA are like the tax office – there to apply a more rigorous regime should enforcement be needed. Both can operate successfully for the benefit of the industry as a whole. I hope that co-operation between both sectors can continue to be fostered

Lately, with changes in personnel at the ACAI Glyn has been appointed treasurer and plays an active role in the executive leadership steering the association to a new approach with permanent positions and a more inclusive approach to representing the private sector.

”The Buildng Safety Bill is welcomed by the ACAI and we look forward to working with the Building Safety Regulator to achieve a safe and vibrant design and construction industry”