Thursday 30 January


18:00 refreshments, 18:30 presentations


Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Level 3, The View building


£10.00 for non-members

Our first event of 2020 will discuss how the industry is changing in light of the Hackitt Report with a view from Ball and Berry  on the Approved Inspector’s response and from One Creative Environments on the latest design challenges.

 Our first speaker will be Richard Cymler from Ball and Berry

Richard Cymler is Regional Director of Approved Inspector Ball & Berry and is responsible for the management of the Birmingham office, as well as leading on projects, maintaining client relationships and developing new business. Having worked in the Building Control sector in Birmingham (City and Acivico) for over 35 years, Richard uses his extensive knowledge of complex projects, supporting Clients through the challenges of building control, inspections and regulations.

Richard’s presentation* will cover how the proposals for change to the regulatory framework might be applied to the Design and Construction process and what the new responsibilities might look like. In particular Richard’s presentation will give an essential overview of the implications of regulation 7, the 2019 Approved Document B volumes 1 & 2 and the proposals for part F & L 2020 in terms of environmental performance. Richard will also cover the procedural changes resulting from the Hackitt review. In short, if you are involved in the design of low rise and high rise residential buildings, you really need to understand these changes.


Our second presentation will be given by Dan Cooling from One Creative Environments

dan coolingDan is an Associate Director, Chartered Architectural Technologist and BIM Information Manager at One Creative Environments and is also a member of the CIAT Fire Taskforce. With a passion for new construction technology, technical design and building regulations, Dan has experience and knowledge across a number of sectors and has achieved several design and construction awards throughout his career, and always strives for the highest technical quality.

For the Fire Taskforce, Dan and the other Taskforce members assist the Institute to review and respond to fire safety developments and legislation changes within the construction industry. Dan is also an RICS Certified BIM Manager with extensive experience of the BIM process and delivery of BIM Level 2 buildings, and uses these latest technologies to analyse and develop fire design within buildings.

Dan’s presentation will cover Building Fire Design and the recent developments in this area.

The tragedies of major fire incidents in recent years has cast a spotlight on fire safety standards, building regulations and risk management. Fire design forms a crucial part of integrating fire safety throughout the building lifecycle and with new developments within the building regulations from the Hackitt report ‘Building a Safer Future’, building fire protection is vital.

*Julie Bell Barker Of Wolverhampton City Council was originally due to do a presentation but is no longer available on this date and therefore Richard has kindly stepped in to give his presentation.