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Improve Thermal Bridging to Reduce Wall Thickness

Posted on December 7th 2016

Thermal bridging analysis offers a cost-effective way to achieve carbon dioxide reduction targets required by many planning authorities, as well as the fabric targets required by Part L. We have recently helped a client reduce wall thickness from 360mm to 290mm by offering advanced thermal bridging analysis (equivalent to a U-value relaxation from 0.16 W/m2K to 0.2 W/m2K), as well …

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Christmas Quiz

Posted on December 7th 2016

The winner of our quiz will be able to nominate a charity to receive a £500 donation from us. The Christmas tree has been a tradition in which country since 700 AD? 1957 1958 1959 What year was H.M. Queen’s Christmas speech first broadcast on television? France Germany Spain Sir Henry Cole is credited with introducing the world to which …

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Specialist Advice for Community Heating

Posted on December 6th 2016

Over the past two months we have successfully assisted our clients on eight developments in London to tender and award £8.54m of district heating contracts. The scope of the contracts included: Design & Build of Energy Centres and heat networks; Operation, maintenance and customer services of completed plant rooms and heat networks. Whilst the scope of the individual tenders varied, …

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Shelter Launches Living Home Standard

Posted on December 6th 2016

Last month, the housing and homelessness charity Shelter launched their new Living Home Standard which aims to be the housing equivalent of the Living Wage. It outlines the minimum requirements that should be expected of a home in order to secure wellbeing and provide a secure foundation from which people can live and build their lives. The standard can be …

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Planning Success at Wey Corner, Guildford

Posted on November 9th 2016

We are delighted to have supported Bellway Homes (South London) in devising an integrated energy, overheating and daylighting strategy for the proposed residential-led development next to the River Wey in Guildford. The development will provide 56 new flats, as well as associated car parking and cycle storage at ground floor level. The proposed strategy aims to maximise energy efficiency and …

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Investors in People Gold Award

Posted on November 8th 2016

We have been awarded the “Gold” standard from Investors in People for developing our team of environmental and energy specialists. This national accreditation standard is very tough to achieve with assessors highlighting the training and continued professional development of everyone in the company. We were recognised as enabling all our staff to be the very best that they can be. …

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BREEAM Infrastructure at the Waterfront Park, Royal Arsenal Riverside

Posted on November 8th 2016

We are pleased to be working with Berkeley Homes (East Thames) on the BREEAM Infrastructure pilot scheme for the Waterfront Park in Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich. It is set to become one of the biggest parks in London once fully constructed in 2030. It will consist of a series of open spaces, recreational areas and a variety of water features and will …

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Home Quality Mark – ‘The Beacon’

Posted on October 21st 2016

We are pleased to have been recently appointed by Lumiere Developments to carry out one of the first Home Quality Mark assessments in the country on this exemplar scheme. The Beacon is designed and engineered to be ‘The World’s Most Sustainable Residential Tower’. Located in Hemel Hempstead, the building will be aiming to achieve the highest possible HQM rating for …

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Planning Success for Hathaway House

Posted on October 21st 2016

We are delighted to have supported Meadow Residential to achieve planning consent for the redevelopment of the Hathaway House mixed-use scheme. The scheme, designed by Stiff + Trevillion, is located along the Grand Union Canal in the London Borough of Westminster. The development will provide 74 new dwellings (19 of which are affordable), as well as office and healthcare spaces …

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Construction Noise and Vibration – Section 61 Agreements

Posted on October 21st 2016

The impact of noise and vibration from construction activities can be substantial, with Local Authorities increasingly concerned about the impact on residents. We strongly advise the preparation of a legally binding Section 61 Agreement as it helps to ensure best practice for site working and can protect developers from restrictive Section 60 notices being served by the Local Authority. A …

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