School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Public Lecture Series 2015-16: Richard Harral


Fine Art Lecture Theatre
Newcastle University
Thursday 25 February 5.30pm

Richard Harral (Head of Technical Policy DCLG) – Big Brother? Why and How Government Regulates Buildings


The Building Regulations in England have evolved over many centuries to deliver societal objectives ranging from fire prevention and life safety to reducing carbon emissions. As the scope and complexity of regulation has increased, more is demanded from designers in balancing competing objectives and synthesising technical requirements with spatial and aesthetic considerations.

This lecture will seek to provide insight into why Government chooses to regulate (or not regulate); who decides on what regulation is passed; and how regulatory requirements are evaluated.

APL lectures are free and open to all. Please book your place at

Image – Scottish Building Standards: Safety Diagram of Anthropometric Dimensional Standards. By kind permission of Liam Ross

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