LABC Hillingdon Technical Seminar – Key Points

We attended the LABC Hillingdon Technical Seminar today where John Patch, our Sales and Marketing Director, gave a talk on the reuse of Brownfield sites.

John spoke about how engineered foundations can aid in the economic development of Brownfield sites and the cost effectiveness and sustainability performance of our Housedeck system when compared to traditional foundations.

We heard from the LABC on their Warranty protection and they advised that a staggering 90% of their claims are in relation to water. This highlights the fact that basements have to be well designed with attention to detail and great workmanship along with maintenance and protection of waterproofing systems. We have engineers at Abbey Pynford that are CSSW qualified to provide advice and manage works on site.

The Building Excellence Awards were also mentioned, with Abbey Pynford Sponsoring the Best Educational Building category!

There were a number of other speakers and topics:

Building inspections

New regulations on security and electronic communications. LABC have produced an App for builders.  Building control pick up on over 450,000 errors a year on drawings before they even get to site.


Refurbishment of buildings and the improvements necessary in MEV installations to meet current fire regulations, specifically consideration of how installations can be suitably and safely cleaned/maintained. Particularly relevant post Grenfell fire.

820 fires in London alone caused or made significantly worse as a result of lack of maintenance to kitchen ventilation (from London Fire Brigade).

LABC Acoustics

Typical defects causing failure in Acoustic insulation and measures to avoid or remediate.  Detailing and workmanship on site highlighted as key areas.

Polypipe Terrain

Innovative systems for refurbishment projects including drainage, ventilation and pressurised systems and fire stops.


Insulation systems to help bridge the Performance Gap experienced between designed thermal efficiency and those actually realised.