Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Success in the JLL Property Triathlon

Posted on July 12th 2017

A huge well done to the Hodkinson Triathlon relay team who took part in the JLL Property race on Friday 30th June 2017. Charlotte Booth (swim), Matt Bailey (cycle) and our newest recruit Chris Forster (run) finished in the Mixed Relay Sprint race in 36th place (of 272) in a time of 1hr 16 minutes. The event, which is firmly …

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New Acoustic Guidance for Planning Published

Posted on July 7th 2017

Long anticipated acoustic guidance has now been published which puts good acoustic design at the heart of all new residential development. The guidance requires that the use of site layout, orientation and spatial design are considered as part of the planning process before the building envelope is used to mitigate noise to acceptable levels. Noise is a material consideration in …

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Architectural Association Roundtable

Posted on July 7th 2017

In May 2017, one of our Senior Specialists, Olga Tsagkalidou, presented at the Architectural Association’s Sustainable Environmental Design Roundtable along with other leading international London firms – Foster + Partners, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Architype and HENN Berlin. The aim of the Roundtable was to share with pioneering academics the Practice, Research & Prospects for sustainable contemporary building design and …

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New CIBSE TM59 (2017) Overheating Guidance

Posted on July 7th 2017

The recently published CIBSE TM59 (2017): Methodology for the assessment of overheating in homes guidance has a focus on naturally ventilated (free running) dwellings and provides a standardised approach for the assessment and reporting of residential overheating as a growing concern within the development industry. This new guidance clarifies the previous guidance issued in CIBSE TM52. CIBSE TM59 (2017) is …

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CFD Modelling – A Holistic Approach to Corridor Overheating

Posted on June 20th 2017

Communal residential corridor spaces are particularly prone to the risk of overheating. The main contributor is heat gains incurred from community heating pipework that runs through the ceiling void. Computational Fluid Dynamic Modelling (CFD Modelling) enables the assessment of complex ventilation systems by mapping the airflow, temperature and air pressure distribution within the space, thus: indicating the project specific ventilation …

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London Continues to Lead on Energy and Environmental Planning

Posted on June 20th 2017

Energy and environmental planning in London continues to challenge housing developers, whilst the drive for build quality and safety heightens. Hodkinson Consultancy remains as a leader in optimised energy strategy design, balancing the demanding planning requirements of CO2, Overheating and Daylighting. Incorporating Solar Design and Façade Optimisation into early design stages is essential in order to meet these demanding requirements. …

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Improving Build Quality and Customer Satisfaction through Building Performance Evaluation

Posted on June 20th 2017

Successful companies are on a journey to raise quality and improve customer satisfaction. Building Performance Evaluation (also known as Post Occupancy Evaluation) is an important tool to support those improvements and demonstrate high quality, sustainable housing. We undertake quantifiable occupant surveys to gain valuable customer feedback on the performance of homes. Through our partnership with the Building Use Studies (BUS) …

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Integrated Approach Assists Planning Success at Woodgrange

Posted on June 20th 2017

We are delighted to have supported London Iron Works Ltd achieve resolution to grant for the redevelopment of the Woodgrange Road site, located in the London Borough of Newham. A large mixed development site, the scheme comprises of 74 residential units and 1,233m2 of retail space. We worked closely with the client and design team to provide an integrated energy, …

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Updates to BREEAM Fees

Posted on June 14th 2017

The BRE are increasing the BREEAM registration and certification fees, as of 1st July. If your projects are registered before 30th June the current charges will apply. For UK New Construction, the following registration and certification fees will apply after 1st July: Further changes are: BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit Out registration fees are increasing from £195 to £250. Home …

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Solar Design and Optimisation at Early Design Stages

Posted on May 4th 2017

Incorporating Solar Design and Optimisation into early design stages is essential in order to meet demanding planning requirements for CO2, Overheating and Daylighting. The adoption of an iterative design workflow in close collaboration with the architectural team leads to realistic, cost-effective and integrated project strategies. Undertaking Solar Design and Optimisation analysis during early design stages provides clients and design teams …

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