Practical Post 18- material alterations: Creche

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Practical Post 18- material alterations: Creche  

My client runs a creche in an extension to her home. Her domestic kitchen was upgraded five years ago to serve the creche. She is now planning to reconfigure the ground floor and to add a separate servery, utility room and new toilet to the creche.

The works needed a Fire Cert, which was received last year. The Fire Cert is for all of the house (there are changes to fire separation and the escape route from the bedrooms).

It was planned to shut the creche for 4 weeks in the summer and my client had notified parents at Christmas when I told her about the new regulations.

I have now had to tell her that she needs to move out of her home too because the new regulations do not allow the building to be ‘opened, occupied or operated’ until the Completion Certificate is validated by the local authority.

She cannot understand why she can’t stay at home during the building works, as she did the last time. If the work was to a house it would be exempt from a Fire Cert and she could legally stay in occupation.

Having discussed this with her insurance company, she is afraid to risk staying and is now planning to rent another house and move out for up to 7 weeks. As I am unsure of when the Completion Cert will be validated, she has also told the parents that the creche may now be closed for even longer than planned.

After setting out to make a small investment in her business, she now tells me that paying for a Certifier, renting temporary living accommodation and her loss of earnings will cost her more than the building works.


Other Posts in this series:

Practical Post 1: BC(A)R SI.9 Extensions & Refurbishments– click link here

Practical Post 2: completion- FAO Vintners & Retailers– click link here

Practical posts 3: Change of Use – FDI and offices – Click link here

Practical post 4: What if the builder goes bust?– Click link here

Practical Post 5: Small retail extension- problem with certifier – Click link here

Practical Post 6: no one wants to do certifier roles! – Click link here

Practical Post 7: Existing Shopping Centres – Click link here

Practical Post 8: Employees won’t certify: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 9: Fees & numbers of inspections?: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 12: “architects only” club?–  Click link here

Practical Post 13: Duties & conflicts- BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical Post 14: Supervision vs Inspection –  Click link here

Practical post 15: Code of conduct issues –  Click link here

Practical Post 16: Pyrite and certification? – Click link here

Practical Post 17: Off-License fit-out –  Click link here

Practical Post 19: Phased completion & BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical post 20: Are builders off the hook with BCAR? – click link here

NOTE: This series of posts is not meant to undermine or be in opposition to any professional advice from registered representative bodies: rather it is to offer additional technical aids to those that find themselves in the unenviable position of having to deal with SI.9 in it’s current form at present. As with all information posted on the Blog we urge all practitioners to check with their respective professional bodies before assuming any roles or duties under Building Control (Amendment) regulation (SI.9 of 2014). We hope to post a number of these practical posts and list in one area, so home owners, SME’s and professionals can drop in and click on a particular topic to get summary information that may be useful to them while working within these new and difficult regulations.