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Shepherds Bush Pavillion - Thermal Modelling Project


Shepherd's Bush Pavilion is currently being refurbished from the old Odeon Cinema into a luxury hotel. The site, overlooking Shepherd's Bush Green, incorporates façade retention and glazed curtain walling and roof, juxtaposing the old with the new.

BBS Environmental has been instructed to provide the ADL2A 2010 Compliance for the development. This comprises an initial 3D model of the hotel, external shading devises, surrounding buildings and trees.

By using Suncast to calculate the Solar gains and the benefits from the curtain walling louvres, the calculation simulates the hotel's Solar gains, checking that the proposed building design and Solar shading strategy has achieved compliance with Criterion 3 of ADL2A.

Macroflo is used to model the building's air flow (natural, mechanical and infiltration); it is a particularly relevant facet of the analysis because of the presence of two atria, with their more complex movement of air.

The dynamic thermal modelling calculation encompasses the above as well as an algorithm that simulates the actual building in operation over a set period of time. This includes the interaction of the fabric thermal performance, building services, building occupancy and the internal and external temperatures. The hotel proposes a central CHP plant, fan coil system with mechanical ventilation and heat recovery.

This tool has been used to demonstrate Shepherd's Bush Pavilion has achieved ADL2A Compliance, using their proposed building design, fabric specifications and building services.

For further information on Thermal Modelling and all other Environmental services, please contact Andy Mitchell, Director of Environmental Services on; 01892 893162 or email;


Updated: 2013-05-10 14:37:33   Added: 2013-05-10 14:37:33

Building Regulations Update - Seminar Series


Over the past two weeks BBS has hosted a series of six seminars on the amendments to the Building Regulations. More than 350 delegates from various sectors of the construction industry heard from industry speakers.

Nigel Barr, Managing Director of BBS Building Control and Chair of The Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors, opened each seminar with a summary of the amendments to the Approved Documents and also covered the subject of changes to the Building Control system. Nigel provided information on the changes to the Local Authority Building Control process including Completion Certificates and the move to Risk Based inspection frameworks. The removal of Section 20 and the Warranty Link Rule were also covered.

Ben Bradford, Managing Director of BB7, spoke on the changes to Part B and developed the presentation to the wider understanding of Fire Engineering techniques and how Fire Engineers can assist clients. Ben heads-up a team of Chartered Fire Engineers and Certified Fire Risk Assessors from its Chatham Historic Dockyard head office. BB7 was the first company in the UK to obtain Quality Assurance Certification of Companies Offering Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Services.

Andy Mitchell, Director of BBS's Environmental Division, concluded each seminar with an interesting and thought-provoking presentation on Part L, entitled: "The Road to Zero Carbon". The Q&A sessions that followed always provided lively debate!

If you wish to receive details of future events, please email John Barham:


Updated: 2013-04-28 14:02:07   Added: 2013-04-28 14:02:07

Move or improve?

Move or improve? That was the decision facing the Hooper family a few months ago. A common dilemma and one which most families experience at some time in their life. In the Hooper's case, since moving into their townhouse in 2005 with two young daughters, there had been two additions to the family. This meant that the time had come to make that decision.

BBS carried out the Building Control on the project. The details and progress of the work featured in the November - January editions of the RICS Building Control Journal. RICS members are able to view the three-part series online at:

Updated: 2013-02-13 10:45:10   Added: 2013-02-13 10:45:10

The Water Tower, Harrietsham, Kent

Work has begun on converting the water tower to a private dwelling with an additional ground floor extension. The site, situated on the North Downs in an area of outstanding natural beauty, was auctioned with full planning permission back in July 2012. Clague is the architect involved in this very unusual project and BBS is providing Building Control services.

The Water Tower

Updated: 2013-01-27 16:43:54   Added: 2013-01-27 16:43:54

Central Chelmsford Regeneration

Denne has appointed BBS to carry out Building Control and BBS Environmental to provide Code and BREEAM assessments on this prestigious project. The former Anglia Ruskin University site is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Over the next eighteen months, Phase 1 of the Central Chelmsford Regeneration scheme will see the construction of over 500 homes and the creation of a new commercial centre. The one, two and three bedroomed homes will contain 124 affordable and 65 extra care units.  The three historical buildings; Anne Knight, Frederick Chancellor and Law Building will be retained and fully re-furbished to create commercial floor space.

Updated: 2013-01-11 09:41:18   Added: 2013-01-11 09:41:18

2012 Review

Our review of 2012 is available for download, simply click on this link.


Updated: 2013-01-03 13:24:59   Added: 2013-01-03 13:24:59

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