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BBS Group Projects

Bexley College, Belvedere, Kent

Client: Ward Homes
Planner: VRG Planning
Architect: DHA Architecture
Energy Consultant: BBS Environmental

Bexley College

A detailed planning application for demolishment of the existing college buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide 90 three-bedroom and 9 two bedroom houses. Also, a four-story block comprising 93 two-bedroom apartments with associated vehicular access, parking and amenity space.

BBS Environmental has developed an energy and renewable strategy to deliver an improvement of over 25% above the current Building Regulations via enhanced fabric and photvoltaics.

BBS Environmental, with the assistance of the design team, structured an acceptable argument to not install direct heating/CHP within the scheme. The GLA reviewed the submission and granted planning permission.


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Havelock Estate, Southall, West London

Client: Catalyst Housing
Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards architects
Contractor: Leadbitter Group

Havelock Estate, West London

BBS Environmental has been selected as the CfSH and Energy Consultant on the regeneration of the Havelock Estate in Southall. Catalyst and Leadbitter have brought on board, for this prestigious project, Pollard Thomas Edwards architects. PTEa also designed Catalyst's award winning Page Road regeneration scheme in Hounslow, Middlesex.

Havelock Estate will be transformed during the coming months to provide over 900 homes. Among the new homes there will be purpose-built homes for older people, nearly 400 homes for existing tenants, plus more than 100 shared ownership/equity properties. The scheme will also provide over 400 homes for outright sale and include a community centre, cafes and retail units. The Grand Union Canal runs alongside the estate. Improvements to the local area and landscaping along the canal will improve and increase the amount of public open space.


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Kestrel Way, Luton, Bedfordshire

Client: Aldwyck Housing Association
Architect: Vincent & Gorbing
Contractor: SDC Building Limited
Energy Assessor: BBS Environmental

Kestral Way, Luton

On Thursday, 18th October, the new development at Kestrel Way, Luton was officially opened by Robert Napier, CBE, Chairman of the HCA. The scheme comprises 45 affordable houses and 6 supported living flats. There are many special aspects to this project including the striking design and good space standards of the homes and the supported housing element which is helping those with learning disabilities to remain independent in their own home.

BBS Environmental assisted Aldwyk HA with planning and also completed CfSH (Level 3) and SAPs for the contractor, SDC Building Limited.

Redevelopment - Trinity Street, London

Architects: A&Q Partnership
Developer: Denne Construction
Energy Assessor: BBS Environmental

Trinity Street, LondonWork is nearing completion on the Trinity Street scheme. Denne Construction was awarded the 72-week project with A&Q Partnership the design architects.

The redevelopment comprises ten 4 storey houses and twenty two 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments with underground parking.

BBS Environmental is carrying out the energy assessments on the scheme and all certification will be complete within the next few days.

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Private Residence, Kent

Client: Private
Designer/Builder: Oakland Vale Ltd.
Building Control: BBS Building Control Ltd.
Energy Assessors: BBS Environmental

Private residence, Kent

Delightful, detached property in the heart of the Kent countryside. The house includes; a library, drawing room, study and 3-port garage with utility room. The first floor comprises; 4 bedrooms - two ensuite - with walk-in wardrobes.

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Loves Farm, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire

Client: Pilgrims Housing Association Bedfordshire
Developer: Kier Homes Partnership
Building Control: BBS Building Control Ltd.
Energy Assessments: BBS Environmental

Loves Farm

The scheme comprises 122 houses and apartments: 87 for rent, 30 for shared ownership and 5 for discounted sale.

The scheme is on four separate parcels of land within one major development. All the units are built using timber frame construction to EcoHomes 'Very Good' standard.

Overall development is for 1,250 homes with 30% being an affordable mix of rented, shared ownership and discounted for sale.

Future parcels will increase the number of affordable homes on the scheme to approx 400 which will be constructed to level 3 under the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Updated: 2011-08-15 16:15:31   Added: 2011-08-15 16:15:31

Code Level 6 Project - New Cranes Court, Basildon Essex

Client: Swan Housing Association
Developer: Denne Construction
Architect: The Tooley & Foster Partnership
Environmental Assessor: BBS Environmental

New Cranes Court, Basildon

One of the largest zero carbon projects in the Thames Gateway continues apace. The first homes are now built and the project is set for completion toward the end of this year. Crane's Court is the first housing development to have its heating and electricity provided by a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit fuelled by glycerol, a waste product of bio-diesel. This innovative approach avoids the installation of solar panels, which was an important issue with the planners. It is expected that the plant will deliver an annual excess of electricity which will be sold to the national grid.

BBS Environmental is conducting the SAP and CfSH (Level 6) assessments on the entire scheme. The majority of the homes have been orientated to make best use of natural sunlight. Heating requirements in the 28 new houses and flats will be kept to an absolute minimum with average wall U values of 0.15 W/m2K or better to an exceedingly high air tightness standard. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery reduces CO2 loss further. With the site being evaluated as having ecological value owing to significant mature trees, achieving Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes was particularly difficult. The design therefore had to gain maximum points from non-ecology sections within the Code and therefore encompassed the whole range of ambitions of the code. 100% of the available credits being secured within the water, surface water run-off, waste and management categories.

The listed mediaeval church, St. Andrew with Holy Cross, creates an interesting focal point. Courtyards face the church, with pedestrian and cycle routes passing through the site and car access restricted. Storage areas for bicycles and recycling are also included. A range of additional features, designed to ensure carbon-neutral status, are integrated within the homes.

BBS Environmental is a leading provider of construction environmental assessment methodologies, offering a complete range of Code for Sustainable Homes, EcoHomes and BREEAM assessments. For further information, please contact: Andrew Mitchell, Director Environmental Services on 01892-893162. To email Andy, please click here.

Maple Quays, Canada Water, London

Client: Southwark Council
Developer: Barratt Homes and BL Canada Quays Ltd.
Architects: CZWG Architects and PKS Architects
Environmental Assessor: BBS Environmental

Maple Quays, London

Canada Water, like so many areas within the Thames Gateway, is undergoing a major transformation. The scheme is being developed by Southwark Council in partnership with British Land Canada Quays (BLCQ) and Barratt East London. At the centre of this multi-million pound development is the new library, designed by Piers Gough of CZWG Architects. Built on the waterfront and main plaza, the library will complement the surrounding homes, restaurants and retail units.

The new development consists of several sites: Site B is at its heart, close to the library and forming a backdrop to the main plaza. The mixed use scheme, designed by PKS Architects, comprises 63 units of which 21 will be affordable homes. The ground floor will be for commercial and retail units. Site A includes over 600 residential units of which 170 will be affordable and 10% disabled homes.

BBS Environmental is conducting the SAP and CfSH (Level 4) assessments on the entire scheme. All plots comply with the Lifetime Homes criteria. The space and water heating is provided by one centralised energy centre, housed within Site B, and includes the following components:

  • Biomass pellet boilers
  • Natural Gas fire CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant
  • Gas condensing boilers

Once complete, this development will provide its residents with a unique environment in which to work, rest and play. With the Canada Water underground station on the doorstep, so many of London's major attractions are only minutes away, including; Canary Wharf, The Excel Centre, The City and The O2 Arena.

Updated: 2013-08-16 15:25:19   Added: 2013-08-16 15:25:19

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