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We are delighted to have supported Acton Gardens LLP (a joint venture between Countryside Properties and L&Q) in devising an integrated energy, sustainability and overheating strategy for Phase 9.1 of the Acton Gardens Masterplan. The London Borough of Ealing Planning Committee voted to approve this consent earlier this month.

The phase will consist of 68 residential apartments and associated parking, bin and cycle store and landscaping. The phase is being delivered as part of the wider Acton Gardens Masterplan which has consent for 2,350 homes in total, of which 1,261 new homes have so far been delivered.

We worked closely with the client and design team to provide an integrated energy, sustainability and overheating strategy, and which builds upon our extensive experience working on Acton Gardens, including the preparation of the strategic district heating masterplan.

Overheating was considered in line with site specific acoustic mitigation measures, ensuring a high-quality, holistic approach to multiple issues was considered. We devised a strategy to ensure thermal comfort in accordance with the recently published CIBSE TM59 (2017) requirements. Passive strategies were prioritised, including natural ventilation, overshadowing from balconies, reduced glazing g-values and the use of highly reflective internal blinds.

Our Energy Statement prioritised high efficiency fabric with future connection to the site wide combined heat and power district heating network. This approach is fully compliant with the London Plan Zero Carbon requirements and is both cost-effective and deliverable.

We also prepared a Sustainability Statement for the phase, proposing a green roof for the block, extensive cycle parking, reduced internal water usage and prioritising drought resistant planting.

We look forward to continuing to work with Acton Gardens LLP in delivering this exciting project.