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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District Heating Success at Royal Arsenal Riverside – Berkeley Homes

Posted on July 28th 2015

We have successfully assisted Berkeley Homes in the next stages of the development of the district heating network at Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich which will ultimately heat 3,700 homes from a single Energy Centre. Working closely with Berkeley Homes we have successfully assisted in: Optimisation of the Energy Centre design to maximise efficiency and minimise emissions of carbon dioxide …

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Designing for Efficient Thermal Bridging

Posted on July 20th 2015

We are using Passivhaus approaches to help us design for energy efficiency on a wide range of projects. Even where Passivhaus certification is not sought, the application of the same principles can achieve substantial inexpensive improvements to building energy performance. Considering and designing out thermal bridging at an early stage can reduce the need for other more costly improvements required …

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Planning Success in the London Borough of Lambeth – Daylight and Sunlight Report for Infill Development

Posted on July 17th 2015

The proposed development was unique as it involved a contemporary building larger than that which it replaced, located within a dense urban residential environment surrounded on all sides by gardens owned by the neighbouring dwellings. The constraints of the site and the close proximity of neighbours were such that potential loss of daylight and sunlight to the neighbouring dwellings and …

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London Plan Consultation on Housing Standards

Posted on July 17th 2015

The Mayor of London’s proposals in the consultation for Minor Alterations to the London Plan push beyond the government’s latest position on zero carbon buildings. Of the proposed changes, three points will significantly impact developers if formally adopted: The proposal to retain a 35% carbon emissions reduction target until late 2016 for dwellings. This goes beyond the Ministerial Statement which …

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BREEAM Communities Helps Planning Success – Horton Heath, Eastleigh

Posted on July 17th 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved BREEAM Communities Interim (Step 1) certification for development proposals on land West of Horton Heath on behalf our client, Horton Heath Ltd, in the Borough of Eastleigh. The achievement of the BREEAM Communities certification contributed to Eastleigh Borough Council resolving to grant outline planning permission at Committee in June 2015. …

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Planning Success at White City

Posted on June 16th 2015

On the 19th May 2015 the London Borough and Hammersmith and Fulham resolved to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the Marks and Spencer warehouse site in White City site with Members voting unanimously in favour of the application. We are delighted to have contributed to this recent planning success and extremely pleased to have been able to work …

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How is Planning Responding to the Need to Adapt to Climate Change?

Posted on June 16th 2015

Even with current reductions in CO2 emissions, adaptation is required to tackle the expected changes in our climate. The UK Government requires that local planning authorities play a key role in ensuring new development deals with the issue. Amongst the effects of climate change, three key impacts have been identified: Flooding: The cost of damage from flooding to residential properties …

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