Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Performance evaluation for better buildings

Posted on September 13th 2017

Undertaking Building Performance Evaluation has many practical applications for improving operational performance, increasing levels of customer satisfaction, and feedback into the design process for future developments. We are increasingly finding that metered heat consumption within community heating schemes varies widely from what is expected. Monitoring this data alongside surveys of building occupants has demonstrated that improvements could be made in …

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ANC Working Group on overheating, ventilation and acoustics

Posted on September 13th 2017

Achieving thermal and acoustic comfort at the same time is becoming challenging for developments in urban areas and noisy locations. For example, a development built next to a mainline railway or road will mean that residents cannot open their windows for natural purge ventilation, this significantly increasing the risk of overheating and making a dwelling very difficult to pass the …

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Three more join the Hodkinson team

Posted on September 13th 2017

We are delighted to welcome three new people to our team, Igor Esteves, Angeliki Antoniou and Eleanor Ballinger. Igor joins our District Energy team as a Senior Specialist with experience gained at a major utility company. This strengthens our district energy capabilities in response to the growing demand for strategic energy solutions particularly on major regeneration projects particularly in the …

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Draft London Environment Strategy Supports Enhanced Role for District Heating

Posted on August 15th 2017

The Mayor of London’s Draft Environment Strategy was published last week. This sets out an ambitious programme to make London a Zero Carbon city by 2050, and provides a focus on policy areas for the Mayor to address in the upcoming London Plan due to be published later this year. Here we examine the proposals with specific regard to district …

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Getting External Lighting Right

Posted on August 15th 2017

Good external lighting design can significantly uplift the visual environment of any scheme. However, wider considerations of light pollution, energy efficiency, safety and security need to be appropriately considered. Addressing the issue at planning stage not only supports planning applications but also promotes a fit-for-purpose and cost effective basis for the detailed design. Light pollution was introduced to the National …

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Hodkinson Consultancy Get Active for Charity

Posted on August 15th 2017

Employees from Hodkinson Consultancy took part in various cycling events in London last month. Charlotte Booth challenged herself to complete the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 mile cycle, a road race starting in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, into Surrey taking in the challenging climbs of Box Hill and Leith Hill, and racing back to the finish line on The Mall. Charlotte raised …

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BREEAM Communities Success in Eastleigh

Posted on August 15th 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved BREEAM Communities ‘Excellent’ certification for Bloor Homes at Crowdhill Green in Eastleigh Borough Council, Hampshire. Crowdhill Green is a new, sustainable development of 330 new homes in Fair Oak, of which Bloor Homes are providing 226. Following the achievement of outline planning consent and BREEAM Interim Certification in 2014, we worked …

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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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