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RHC Contributes to Planning Success at 74-80 Peach Street, Wokingham

Posted on October 29th 2014

Wokingham Borough Council resolved to grant planning permission last week for the redevelopment at 74-80 Peach Street in Wokingham town centre. This mixed use development by Tropic Estates Ltd will deliver 140 sq metres of retail space and 39 residential apartments, and includes the replacement of a former office building. Hodkinson Consultancy is extremely pleased to have been able to …

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Elmington Estate Redevelopment – Planning Applications Submitted

Posted on October 9th 2014

Hodkinson Consultancy prepared Energy and Sustainability Statements to support three simultaneous planning applications for the redevelopment of the Elmington Estate, which were submitted in September to the London Borough of Southwark by Bellway Homes (Thames Gateway) and Family Mosaic. In 2012, Bellway Homes (Thames Gateway) and Family Mosaic were selected as the London Borough of Southwark’s development partners for the …

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Potential Changes for 2016 to SAP Could Reduce CO2 Benefits of District Heating

Posted on October 9th 2014

Changes are being considered to SAP which could substantially reduce the CO2 reductions currently achievable with district heating and Combined Heat & Power (CHP). If these changes come forward, it could make district heating and CHP a less appropriate energy strategy in terms of meeting planning policies and Building Regulations requirements for environmental performance. SAP currently assumes a default district …

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Added Value of BREEAM

Posted on October 9th 2014

Reduced operational costs, higher rental value and increased staff productivity are just a few of the added benefits of BREEAM certified commercial buildings. Recent research undertaken by Sweett Group and BRE has shown that achievement of a BREEAM rating adds value to a development with little or no additional cost. Early consideration of BREEAM credits allows for maximum value to …

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Football Fundraising Raises Over £48,000 for Demelza Hospice Care

Posted on October 6th 2014

Employees from Hodkinson Consultancy took part in the Berkeley Foundation 5-a-side football event at Wembley Stadium to raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children offers young people in the South East of England who are not expected to reach adulthood with their family, support, memories and activities which are not available elsewhere. More information can be found on their website at www.demelza.org.uk

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CHP Less Effective in Meeting Building Regulations Part L 2013

Posted on September 12th 2014

In comparing the relative CO2 performance of technologies assessed under the Part L Building Regulations for 2010 and 2013 we have concluded that MVHR now offers a bigger CO2 reduction than available in the 2010 Regulation. For CHP engines the situation is reversed with lower CO2 reductions when calculated in 2013 Regulations. Our analysis of the sensitivities between different Building …

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Hodkinson Consultancy Rebrands

Posted on September 11th 2014

As we approach the fifteenth year of our practice we have been taking a hard look at our business to plan for the future. Behind the scenes we have reorganised ourselves to focus on the major areas Energy and the Environment together with our continued improvement of our services delivery. We have recruited further specialist staff to support our growth, …

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New BREEAM 2014: The End of Tenants’ Agreements

Posted on September 8th 2014

BREEAM New Construction 2014 was published in May. There are some significant changes from the preceding 2011 version, notably the removal of the Tenants’ Agreements from Shell only, and Shell & Core assessments. A wide range of evidence may now be submitted instead to demonstrate compliance with the BREEAM standards. The removal of the tenancy agreement places no additional obligations …

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Absorption Chillers for Cooling on New Developments?

Posted on September 5th 2014

The specification of absorption chillers to reduce CO2 emissions from cooling on new build developments should be avoided due to the high capital costs, operational costs, minimal CO2 benefit and intensifying influence on the urban heat island effect. They are only appropriate where there is genuine waste heat rather than heat created specifically to power the absorption chiller. Absorption chillers …

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We are Moving to Larger Offices

Posted on August 8th 2014

We continue our expansion with a move to new offices in Harrow, enabling us to further enhance our client services.

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