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Saving lives and businesses: how do you prepare for a massive earthquake?

A massive earthquake is due to hit San Francisco. If it does hit – and the U.S. Geological Survey estimates there is a 72% chance of a 6.7 magnitude or greater earthquake hitting before 2043 – then tall buildings will be particularly vulnerable. Clearly this puts the safety of the city’s residents, workers, visitors and […]

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Is this a dangerous precedent?

It was recently reported in the press that a wealthy City headhunter was accused of treating Kensington like the Wild West by “trampling over” planning rules to build a mega-basement under his £5 million home. Ex trader Stephen Fairholme was given permission for a modest extension with a reception, bathroom, cinema and shower directly beneath […]

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