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Union House Redevelopment, Tunbridge Wells

Planning permssion was granted last week on the redevelopment of Union House in Tunbridge Wells.The 1960s office block will be replaced by retail units, 127 apartments and community spaces. Dandara one of the UK's largest independent property developers, purchased the existing building in 2014 from British Steeel Pension Fund. Union House is situated at the Southern end of The Pantiles, an elegant colonnaded walkway. Once the playground of the gentry and royalty, The Pantiles, with its specialist shops and wide variety of cafes and restaurants, is now a vibrant part of this historic town.BBS is currently working with Dandara on the Knights Wood scheme which is also located in Tunbridge Wells. The scheme comprises 550 new homes and Skinners Kent Primary School. BBS is currently working with Dandara on a major scheme to the North of Tunbridge Wells town centre: Knights Wood will provide the community with 550 new homes and a primary school.

Updated: 2017-03-10 12:41:52   Added: 2017-02-14 09:13:27

Building Regulation Changes 2017

New Approved Document R – Physical infrastructure for high speed electronic communications networks.


The Government has made a Manifesto commitment to ensure that, from 2017, 95% of the UK has access to superfast broadband. The Government is committed to making sure that the benefits of improved broadband services are felt by as many homes and businesses in the UK as possible.

The Government has proposed that Building Regulations are used in England to meet the requirements of the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive and to issue technical guidance in a new statutory Approved Document. Requirement R1 applies to new dwellings and major renovations of buildings, (including buildings other than dwellings), with various exceptions including isolated buildings which are considered too remote to justify the provisions, and situations where the cost of compliance cannot be justified.

The requirement is to provide physical infrastructure within the building from the service provider’s access point to the occupier’s network termination point. Multi-dwelling buildings must have a common access point capable of service all dwellings in the building. This physical infrastructure should allow for the future installation of copper/fibre-optic cables or wireless devices capable of delivering broadband speeds greater than 30 Mbps (NB a standard copper telephone cable can deliver speeds up to 70 Mbps).

For further information on Approved Document R1, please visit:

Updated: 2017-01-20 13:25:04   Added: 2017-01-20 13:23:29

London Plan - Zero Carbon Seminar

Only 3 weeks away now! This invitation-only event is a great opportunity to gain advice from expert energy consultants over complimentary breakfast and refreshments. The seminar will cover key changes from 1st October last year, including the consideration of carbon offset payments to bridge the gap between the 35% carbon emission reduction target and zero carbon.


The seminar will take place on Tuesday morning of 24th January and is being held in one of London's iconic buildings: the 'Walkie Talkie' building at 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3AG.

Updated: 2017-01-04 15:19:23   Added: 2017-01-04 15:16:50

BBS Appointed Building Control on Residential Scheme in Surrey

Project Manager: Sandy Lane Projects Limited
Planning Architect: Robert Davies John West Limited
Building Regulations Architect: GWP Architects


BBS is carrying out the Building Control on a new-build, two block building, comprising 12 residential apartments in Stanwell, Surrey. 

Updated: 2016-12-21 09:18:42   Added: 2016-12-21 09:18:42

MIPIM UK - Olympia, London, 19th - 21st October

BBS is exhibiting at the MIPIM Event in London! There is a great list of speakers over the three days and excellent networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there, so please drop by and say, "Hello". You will find us on Stand G11/13.

Updated: 2016-10-17 18:17:15   Added: 2016-10-17 18:17:15

London - Meeting Zero Carbon Commitment

The government may have dropped its national zero carbon commitments, but from 1st October all major new-build residential developments in London will need to be ‘zero carbon'.

Beverley Rosso is Senior Sustainability Consultant at Stroma Tech. Here are links to further information on the Zero Carbon standard and Beverley Rosso's Report

Updated: 2016-09-28 16:20:41   Added: 2016-09-09 11:56:45

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