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Building Control Surveyors - West London (all areas), Guildford and Southampton/Portsmouth

BBS Building Control is a leading Corporate Approved Inspector providing a client-focused service on Residential, Mixed-use, Commercial, Retail, Education, Industrial and Domestic schemes. As our business continues to develop significantly, we are keen to attract high quality and enthusiastic Building Control Surveyors to join our teams.

Applicants should be qualified RICS/ABE/CIOB with a proven track record in Building Control and experience in plan checking and site inspections. Highly competitive salary package (to include company car, pension and private healthcare). We would like to speak to both full time and part time surveyors.

If you can contribute to our quality services and wish to work within our friendly and enthusiastic teams, please apply in writing enclosing your CV to: Sarah Smith, BBS, Teaselwood Barn, Lamberhurst Vineyard, Furnace Lane, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8LA, or email to:

Updated: 2013-07-15 14:48:47   Added: 2013-07-15 14:48:47

BBS Proudly Sponsors the CIOB Kent Construction Professionals Dinner


The Hadlow Manor Hotel, Goose Green was the setting for the prestigious annual CIOB Kent Construction Professionals' Dinner. Chair of the CIOB Kent Centre, Dave Mills ICIOB, welcomed honoured guests including the President of the CIOB Peter Jacobs FCIOB.

The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, principle speaker, entertained the 150 guests with his witty anecdotes about his time in politics and latterly as a television presenter.  Magician, Adam Smith, kept the guests spellbound with his amazing magic tricks. ‚Ä®Sponsors of the Event were: AD Bly Construction; BBS Building Control; Davis Construction and Denne.

The nominated charity for the evening was the Kent Cancer Trust, a charity based in Kent for Kent people. Dr Mark Hill attended the dinner as representative of the KCT providing guests with an insight into the work of the charity. Prizes for the raffle held on the evening to raise funds for this worthy cause were kindly donated by local companies including; AD Bly Construction, BBS Building Control, ISG; and Kier.

Updated: 2013-07-09 14:15:01   Added: 2013-07-09 14:15:01

Wayland House, Stockwell Park, London - Regeneration Scheme

Wayland HouseClient: Network Housing Group
Planner: Jones Lang LaSalle
Architect: PRP Architects
Quantity Surveyor: Mace Limited
Contractor: Wates Construction
M & E Engineer: Calford Seaden
Building Control: BBS Building Control Limited
Code and SAP Assessments: BBS Environmental

BBS has been appointed both Building Control and Code/SAP Assessor on this major regeneration project in South London. The existing 15-storey building will be demolished and replaced with a part 15-storey and part 20-storey apartment block, comprising 159 flats - private sale and affordable housing. The £28 million project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2015.

Updated: 2013-06-25 12:10:50   Added: 2013-06-25 12:10:50

Renaissance Scheme Receives Regional Award

Developer: Barratt East London
Architect: Assael Architecture Limited
Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor: BBS Environmental

Renaissance, Lewisham

The Regional Building Excellence Awards Ceremony was held in London last week. Blocks A, B and C within the Renaissance scheme in south east London received a Highly Commended Award for building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship.

The Renaissance development is playing a major role in the Lewisham urban regeneration project. The 1.7 hectare site will provide a total of 788 dwellings, comprising private and affordable town houses and apartments. Phase 1 - 184 apartments, public plaza and energy centre - has been implemented. Phase 2, providing a further 407 apartments and commercial space is partially completed. Phase 3 has begun and includes 11 town houses and 5 maisonettes which achieve CfSH Level 6. BBS Environmental is carrying out the CfSH assessments on the entire scheme.

Updated: 2013-05-20 14:10:31   Added: 2013-05-20 14:10:31

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

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