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Very Low Noise Levels Reduce Quality

Posted on August 19th 2016

It is common practice that Local Authorities set planning conditions to ensure internal noise levels meet appropriate acoustic targets. We have advised on projects where Local Authorities have set very low target noise levels on the basis that they expect this to provide higher quality dwellings and better living conditions. Where we have encountered such situations we liaised with the …

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London Plan: Zero Carbon Homes Deadline Approaches

Posted on August 18th 2016

The commencement date for the implementation of the ‘Zero Carbon’ standard by the Greater London Authority (GLA) is drawing closer, with all residential Stage 1 schemes received by the Mayor after 1 October expected to achieve this standard. ‘Zero Carbon’ has been defined by the GLA as a 35% reduction over Part L 2013 achieved on site, with the remaining …

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Delighted to Support Berkeley Group Deliver Southall Gas Works Redevelopment

Posted on August 15th 2016

We are delighted to support Berkeley Group in the delivery of Southall Waterside, the significant mixed-use redevelopment of the former Southall gasworks site in the London Borough of Ealing. We are providing extensive Energy and Environmental Consultancy, including the District Heating Masterplan and Low-Energy Façade Optimisation. On 18th May 2016, Phase A received a unanimous resolution to grant planning. As …

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Health and Wellbeing in Homes – UK Green Building Council Report

Posted on August 15th 2016

We are pleased to have been a key contributor to the Health and Wellbeing in Homes report, launched by the UK Green Building Council in July this year. The report aims to increase the focus of the property industry on how they can positively improve the mental, social and physical health and wellbeing of home occupiers, by providing recommendations and …

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The Value of Early Planning for Heat Metering and Billing

Posted on August 15th 2016

Failure to consider how to meter and bill customers for heat from communal heating at an early stage exposes developers to the risk of lost revenue, interruptions to customer heat supply and significant reputational damage if customers perceive that the billing system is not fair, accurate and competitive. From our recent experience we recommend that developers including a communal heating …

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New Starters

Posted on August 15th 2016

We are delighted to welcome three new people to our team, Vasiliki Kourgiozou, Zoe Lowther and Russell Hodgson. Russell and Zoe have joined us as graduate trainees and Vasiliki as an energy specialist. Vasiliki joins us with a skill-set developed on her Masters in Environmental Design & Engineering at UCL, with a focus in building modelling and optimisation. Russell has …

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Wind Assessments: The impact of built form on urban airflow and outdoor comfort

Posted on July 4th 2016

Buildings can divert airflow as they act as obstructions to local wind patterns. Tall buildings and street canyons could potentially cause significant changes in the wind environment at ground level, affecting pedestrian comfort and user activities. Designing high quality outdoor spaces for people should be carefully considered. Outdoor spaces present highly variable and often intense climatic conditions. Wind is one …

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Balancing DFEE, Overheating & Natural Daylight

Posted on July 4th 2016

We have been undertaking extensive facade optimisation work both at the planning and detailed design stage. This involves balancing the competing objectives of fabric energy efficiency, overheating and natural daylight. This is particularly relevant to the most sensitive dwellings such as penthouses and single aspect apartments. Energy efficiency, overheating and natural daylight are commonly under conflict when selecting the most …

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Secured by Design – 2016 Changes

Posted on July 4th 2016

Recent changes to Secured by Design bring it in line with new Building Regulations Part Q, and allow the scheme to respond to the large increase in conversions from commercial to residential. We are successfully providing bespoke Secure by Design advice to a number of clients and working to obtain in-principle agreements from the local Architectural Liaison Officer, ensuring smooth …

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Planning Success for Northwood Tennis Club

Posted on June 9th 2016

We are delighted that the planning application for replacement lighting at Northwood Tennis Club received approval from the London Borough of Hillingdon (LBH) last week. We supported the Tennis Club in its application for advanced, energy efficient lighting that balanced the needs of the club while taking the local residents and arboricultural constraints into account. We combined our planning knowledge with …

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