Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

New Secured by Design Services

Posted on August 18th 2015

We have launched a new service focused on helping clients achieve Secured by Design certification. The National Planning Policy Framework requires local authorities to consider crime and disorder as part of the planning process. Over 20% of local authorities have planning policies that require Secured by Design certification, and the scheme generally forms part of Affordable Housing requirements. London Plan …

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BREEAM 2014 Excellent – Keybridge House – Mount Anvil Ltd

Posted on August 18th 2015

We have recently achieved design stage ‘Excellent’ certification for the non-residential elements of the mixed use Keybridge House development, under the new BREEAM New Construction 2014 scheme. We are pleased to have been able to work with Mount Anvil to deliver certification for this project. Due to our early appointment, the project has been certified well in advance of start …

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Taking Overheating Measures Early in the Design Process

Posted on August 14th 2015

Avoiding the risk of summer overheating in homes is one of the biggest challenges now facing building designers. Careful attention to design is essential to ensure new homes are adaptable and resilient to a warming climate. From computer modelling, we have identified six key features that aim to optimise building design for the competing objectives of avoiding summertime overheating, exploiting …

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