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Victoria Park Scheme, Dartford Kent - Update

Design stage Code (to Level 4) and design stage SAP Certifications have now been issued on the Victoria Park scheme. The project comprises 116 new-build dwellings set within the mature grounds of a listed building and former hospital. The main building is also undergoing a major refurbishment programme.

The development is being built by Ward Homes in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency. Within the development are 23 social housing dwellings. 'As Built' SAPs and EPCs have now been issued by BBS Environmental on 12 of the units.

The area in which Victoria Park is situated has a very interesting history. Stone House Hospital was originally an asylum. Built in 1862, at a cost of £65,000, and designed by James Bunstone Bunning. In 1948 the hospital was taken over by the NHS until its closure in 2007.


Updated: 2012-06-07 11:24:45   Added: 2012-06-07 11:24:45




Code for Sustainable Homes - Level 6 Certification

BBS Environmental has, this month, completed one of the largest CfSHs Level 6 schemes in the country. The developer, Denne Construction, has received the coveted 6 Starred Certificate for all 28 houses and flats. The residents will be moving in over the next few months.

One of the largest zero carbon projects in the Thames Gateway, 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 has conducted 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 have been 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.


Updated: 2012-04-15 18:23:15   Added: 2012-04-15 18:23:15




New Office Opens in Windsor!

Significant increase in Building Control business, across West London and the surrounding areas, has resulted in the expansion of our West London team. This new office will enhance our ability to service work in the area, provide a base for our surveyors and a local office focus for our clients.

London (West) Regional Office - Contact Details:

BBS Building Control Ltd., Queen Anne's Court, Peascod Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1DG

Tel: 01753 271660 | Fax: 01753 271 669 | london.west@bbsbuildingcontrol.co.uk


Updated: 2012-03-09 12:21:48   Added: 2012-03-09 12:21:48




Code Assessment Landmark!

Bespoke Builder Services has, to date, completed over 4,000 Code assessments. BBS is a leading provider of construction environmental assessment methodologies, offering a complete range of Code for Sustainable Homes, SAP, SBEM and BREEAM assessments. For further information, please contact: Andrew Mitchell, Director Environmental Services on 01892-893162. To email Andy, please click here.


Updated: 2012-03-09 12:21:05   Added: 2012-03-09 12:21:05




BBS - Central Region Expansion

In view of the increased demand for our services, we are pleased to announce that Nigel Parkinson and Kevin Boddington have joined BBS Building Control. Nigel and Kevin have over 36 years combined experience in Building Control in the Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire areas. Their extensive local knowledge and locations are ideal for developing further BBS Building Control's services for clients in Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties.


Updated: 2012-01-16 11:20:10   Added: 2012-01-16 11:20:10




BBS - Awarded Building Control Contract on Branch Place, London Scheme

BBS Building Control is pleased to announce its involvement in the new Rosemary Works, Branch Place project in North London. The proposed mixed-use development will comprise of 52 flats and ground floor commercial units. Further information on the project and the companies involved can be found on our 'Projects' page: http://www.bbsgroup.co.uk/projects.php 


Updated: 2011-12-22 15:19:47   Added: 2011-12-22 15:19:47




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