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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

Planning Permission for Bexley College Redevelopment

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

For this scheme, BBS Environmental developed an energy and renewable strategy to deliver an improvement of over 25% above the current Building Regulations via enhanced fabric and photovoltaics.

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

Updated: 2012-12-10 19:41:05   Added: 2012-12-10 19:41:05

New BREEAM Communities Scheme - Now Live!!

The scheme was originally launched in 2009 and has been significantly revised to take account of recent changes to the planning system in the UK and customer feedback. The BREEAM Communities helps the design team, developers and planners to improve, measure and independently certify the sustainability of developments of moderate or large scale.

The BREEAM Communities is an independent, third-party assessment and certification standard based on the established BREEAM methodology. It is a planned to be a framework for considering the issues and opportunities that affect sustainability at the early stages of the design process for a planned development. The scheme addresses key environmental, social and economic sustainability objectives that have an impact on large-scale developments only. To get most benefit from the using BREEAM Communities it is important to appoint a BREEAM Communities Assessor early in the project so the benefits can be maximised.

It has been recognised that many decisions taken during the design and planning stages of large developments will have a fundamental impact on sustainability. The BREEAM Communities covers the assessment and certification of the designs and plans for the development at the neighbourhood scale or larger. Please note that post-construction certification is not included in this assessment due to the long timescales for large developments.

To find out more about the BREEAM Communities Scheme and how BBS Environmental can help assess and certify the sustainability credentials of your scheme, please contact Johanna Jarvinen, BREEAM Manager on: 01892-891280, or email:

Updated: 2012-11-19 12:06:39   Added: 2012-11-19 12:06:39

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