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BBS Building Control - Continued Expansion

BBS Building Control will be opening its new West London office in Windsor soon. 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.

We are also expanding our Petts Wood office shortly to accommodate increased administrative support and surveyors for the very busy East and South East London area.

Updated: 2011-11-16 09:19:01   Added: 2011-11-16 09:19:01

Channel 4...and Grand Designs Project #3 for BBS Building Control

Brands Hatch Hotel was the venue for the latest BBS Seminar. The event was hosted by senior members of our Environmental Team and attended by over 50 delegates from across various sectors of the construction industry. The breakfast meeting provided attendees with the opportunity to hear about the latest regulatory changes within the Code and other environmental/energy related matters. In addition to an update and overview on The London Plan.

The audience was encouraged to ask questions, at any point during the presentation, which resulted in a very interesting and interactive debate throughout the morning.The informal meeting concluded with the opportunity for delegates and BBS staff to continue discussions over tea and coffee in the Racing Bar.

A copy of the presentation is available for viewing by following this link: please click here. Should you wish to email, or speak to: Ellen Huelin, Alex Duckworth or Andrew Mitchell, their contact details can be found at the end of the presentation.

For further information about future BBS events, please contact: John Barham on 01892-893733, or email:

Updated: 2011-10-13 15:18:28   Added: 2011-10-13 15:18:28

150 High Street, Stratford, London

Client: Genesis Housing Association

Developer: Ardmore Group

Architects: KDS Associates and Stock Woolstencroft

Environmental Assessors: BBS Environmental

Stratford, London

The High Street, Stratford scheme, located at the approach to the 2012 Olympic Games, will provide over 700 homes. The project includes five new residential blocks, one of which will be one of the highest residential towers in London.

All blocks are currently under construction, with blocks F and G due to be completed very soon. The remaining blocks are due for completion in Q4 of 2012.

Part of the site has an interesting history: Warton House, which is located at 150 High Street, Stratford, was previously occupied by Yardley, the perfume and soap maker. One wall of the building is covered with a large mosaic depicting a lady and two children carrying baskets of lavender. The design was adapted from one of the Cries of London illustrations which were produced at the end of the 18th Century. Oddly enough, not far away, a bridge which was replaced by the Bow Flyover, was reputedly referred to as "Stinkhouse Bridge". This was caused by the stench from chemical works and a neighbouring factory making glue from the bones collected by rag and bone men.

The mural has been preserved within the redevelopment of the site and two storeys added to the original building.

Sustainable elements within the scheme include: CHP plant, biomass boilers, rainwater harvesting and green and brown roofs, as well as water-saving sanitaryware, together with considerable areas of water attenuation on the 1.3-hectare Thames-side site.

Updated: 2011-08-15 13:16:39   Added: 2011-08-15 13:16:39

St. Andrews Wins Housing Design Award

Phases 1 and 2 of the St Andrew's Housing development, in Bromley-by-Bow, close to the 2012 Olympic Park, have been awarded three Awards at a ceremony at Portcullis House, London. The scheme won a Housing Design Award, as well as the Graham Pye Award for 'plan form best suited to family living' and the 'Community Consultation Award'.

St. Andrews is a landmark regeneration scheme being delivered by Barratt Homes, working in partnership with the London Development Agency (LDA), the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Circle Anglia. The LDA, funded by the HCA, acquired the former St Andrew's Hospital site for £18 million. This regeneration scheme will provide 964 new homes, health care facilities and high quality public spaces.

The first phase of the development, designed by Allies and Morrison, provides the new health centre for the Tower Hamlets PCT and 194 new homes, of which 96 are affordable. The second phase, designed by Mccreanor Levington, delivers 230 new homes, of which 70% are affordable. Phase 3, designed by Glenn Howells, will deliver 227 new homes and is scheduled for completion shortly. BBS Environmental has completed the SAP calculations and CfSH (Level 3) Certification on the first two phases.

BBS Environmental 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: 2011-08-09 16:11:46   Added: 2011-08-09 16:11:46

Summer Overheating in Buildings

With our climate in the UK such that it is, legislation and energy efficiency targets have naturally focused on reducing heat escaping from our homes and buildings. However, is the industry considering the impact of the warmer months on the comfort temperatures? In fact it is often suggested that the very energy efficient measures designed to reduce heating requirements may increase the risk of overheating. This is of particular concern when the latest climate research indicates that we are due to see significant increases in average temperatures. And this within the designed lifespan of most buildings built today. In order to avoid the need to retro fit cooling systems, designers will need suitable guidance to truly deliver sustainable and future proof buildings.

Current guidance exists but is limited at best and is often not thoroughly investigated during the design process. CIBSE Guide A (Environmental Design) is a focus for the industry and provides guidance on comfort and appropriate overheating thresholds. Typically the thresholds are fixed temperatures that should not to be exceeded. Research shows that people's perception of comfort is more complex than this. For example, people can adapt to different climates given time. This along with other factors will feature in future guidance and be based around variable maximum temperatures taking into account recent local weather. The new guidance is likely to be available later this year.

Looking to future proof buildings based on the probable changes to our climate over the next century will become a bigger issue. The general consensus is that designing for a variable climate should be tackled at an early stage and may well find its way into the planning process. In addition to comfort guidance several projects are underway that look to provide new weather data based on predicted climate. One such project is known as Prometheus ( and will be a useful tool for computer modelling the impact altered climate will have on our buildings.

Alex Duckworth is a fully qualified NDEA (Non Domestic Energy Assessor) registered through STROMA and also a CIBSE registered Low Carbon Consultant. To contact Alex, regarding your energy efficiency and thermal modelling requirements, please call: 01892-893170, or email

Updated: 2011-08-02 10:10:29   Added: 2011-08-02 10:10:29

Code of Practice S105A Water Industry Act (amendment)

On October 1st 2011, the ownership of private sewers and lateral drains will be transferred from the property owners to Water and Sewerage Companies. For the foreseeable future, the majority of these transferred assets are likely to be unmapped and therefore a risk that works will be carried out resulting in impact on access to, or structural integrity of these transferred assets.

Prior to this transfer, property owners were responsible for the entire length of the drain from the point it leaves the building to the connection with the public sewer wherever that situated. Sometimes this meant that the responsibility, for lengths of drain, extended under roads and footpaths, or into the gardens of neighbouring properties. After October 1st, only the length of drain within the curtilage of the property will remain the responsibility of the property owner. The length of pipe that runs from the boundary of the property to the public sewer will become a 'Public Lateral Drain' and henceforth be the responsibility of the local WaSC.

In order to assist with the mapping of these newly designated Public Lateral Drains and Sewers, anyone wishing to develop is requested to consult with their WaSC. It is recommended that in support of either an application for Planning Permission, a Building Regulation application to a Local Authority, or an Initial Notice submission to an Approved Inspector, a plan showing the drain and sewer layout on the land should be submitted.
For further information on the Code of Practice S105A Water Industry Act, please email

Updated: 2011-08-02 10:09:03   Added: 2011-08-02 10:09:03

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