Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Our work along the River Thames

Posted on December 4th 2013

Over the past 5 years, we have been involved in some of the most significant developments along the River Thames, extending from Isleworth to Woolwich. This includes over 8,000 dwellings and a wide range of non-residential uses in 13 different developments. Through working on these projects we have gained specialist knowledge and skills through planning and assessment work. Riverside developments …

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BREEAM and Code Design Stage Assessments Before Construction

Posted on November 18th 2013

Developments which are required to achieve BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes ratings should consider their requirements as early as possible. It is essential that pre-assessments are included within the feasibility stage of the development. The design must incorporate all of the required criteria ensuring minimal impact on the development and reducing the risk of the rating not being achieved …

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Pre completion checks for BREEAM, Code and Energy Performance Certificates

Posted on October 1st 2013

The final as-built check is often the most difficult part of any certification process. This is often the point at which any changes from design stage certification come to light with the additional complication of short timescales and commercial pressures during the handover process. The difficulty assessors face is that the required documentation needs to be in place prior to …

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Secured by Design and the location of letter boxes

Posted on August 14th 2013

We have recent experience in not achieving Secured by Design (SBD) in apartment blocks where letter boxes have not been located in an isolated lobby, separate from a further secure lobby (with access to dwellings). This is aimed to design out direct unauthorised access to dwelling entrances by deliverers. Where this has not been properly designed, developments are failing to …

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Aircrete block supply chain challenges

Posted on July 22nd 2013

Aircrete concrete blocks are often at the centre of fabric energy efficiency strategies and a crucial part of the specification for Part L and Code for Sustainable Homes (Code) compliance.  This summer has seen a significant shortage of certain types of aircrete blocks with many buyers attempting to overcome the supply chain issue by sourcing lightweight aggregate blocks as an …

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Richard Hodkinson Consultancy receives award from BRE

Posted on June 4th 2013

On the 3rd of June, Richard Hodkinson Consultancy received an award from BRE for certifying the largest number of Code for Sustainable Homes dwellings in the past year. 1,979 Post Construction certificates were issued for the period between April 2012 and March 2013. This is a fantastic achievement for the company and one that represents the added value we bring, …

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The Technical Housing Standards Review and the NPPF

Posted on April 29th 2013

An announcement from the Technical Housing Standards Review Panel is anticipated imminently which we hope will signal improvements to the relevance and compliance efficiency for the currently wide range of housing related standards. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in March 2012. As we reported last month, the 12 month transitional arrangements formally ended in March 2013. Local Plans …

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We extend our work on Europe’s largest regeneration project

Posted on April 10th 2013

Following our work through the planning process, Richard Hodkinson Consultancy has recently been appointed to continue involvement on this high-quality mixed-use scheme.  We are to provide a range of environmental assessments through the design and build program. The Nine Elms project, on the south bank of the Thames, is the largest regeneration project in Europe.    Figure 1 – Hampton …

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Code 4 – Responsible Sourcing of Materials for Cost Effective Credits

Posted on February 5th 2013

Now that many developments are required to achieve Code Level 4, it is becoming more apparent that the inclusion of MAT 2 and MAT 3 credits can make a significant and cost effective contribution to overall scores. These credits aim to promote the responsible sourcing of materials in both basic and finishing building elements. A maximum of 6 credits are …

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2012 for Richard Hodkinson Consultancy

Posted on December 20th 2012

The past 12 months has seen continued growth within the practice, both in personnel and work output. The following provides a quick review of the successes for Richard Hodkinson Consultancy in 2012. One of the more significant changes in the year has been the development of new services. This has benefitted our clients by offering a more complete service. These …

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