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Former Marconi Works Site, Chelmsford - Update

Client and Contractor: Bellway Homes | Landscape Consultant: Liz Lake Associates | Energy Consultant: BBS Environmental

The Former Marconi New Street Works site in the centre of Chelmsford, built in 1912, was the world’s first purpose-built radio factory. The factory closed in the 1990s and remained derelict for many years until the site was purchased by Belway Homes in 2012. Planning permission to develop the site was granted in March 2013 and demolition of the majority of the site, including the iconic Marconi House and Building 720, began in April 2013. Certain elements of the original buildings will remain, including: the Grade II listed water tower, the New Street cottages, the power house and the 1912 front building façade.

The redevelopment comprises the construction of a mixed-use scheme of 418 units contained within buildings extending to between 2 and 7 storeys. 35% of the residential units is affordable housing and is being designed to meet Code Level 3. Also the conversion of other buildings on the site to provide commercial floor space and other non-residential uses (A1-A4, D1 and D2). One of the new commercial units will form Bellway Homes’ new offices.

BBS Environmental has been involved with this interesting project from the Planning stage. Consultancy services and assessments include: Energy calculations and report for the Planning Application; SAPs and Code assessments; BREEAM (to achieve Very Good BREEAM rating) and SBEM.

All work is scheduled for completion in early 2016 and the pricing structure for dwellings is due to be announced in early summer of this year.

Updated: 2014-05-06 17:11:25   Added: 2014-05-06 17:11:24

Grand Designs Live Show, London - May 2014

Grand Design LiveBBS will be exhibiting at this year's Grand Designs Live Show at the Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Docks, London. The Show is being held over 9 days at the beginning of May and last year attracted well over 110,000 visitors.

Staff from our Building Control and Environmental departments will be on hand throughout the event to discuss your construction projects. So, if you intend to visit the Grand Designs Show this yeat then please drop by Stand B227.

We look forward to meeting clients - old and new - at next month's Show!

Updated: 2014-04-01 13:32:05   Added: 2014-04-01 13:32:04

Build It Live!

Build It LiveThe Glow Exhibition Centre at the Bluewater Shopping Centre was the venue for this year's Build It Live Show. Over 100 exhibitors, from across the self-build industry, were on-hand to offer advice about each stage of the construction process: from land purcahse, planning and warranties through to construction methods and materials and interior design.

Among the many exhibitors was Design For Me. A new and interesting concept, created by Emily Barnes, which tailors architects and designers to a client's specific project type and requirements.

BBS exhibited at the show for the first time this year and the surveying team was kept very busy throughout the weekend advising prodspective house builders on the Building Regulations and required environmental assessments.

BBS wishes to thank the organisers and all their staff for such a well-attended and interesting show.

Updated: 2014-02-26 11:55:31   Added: 2014-02-26 11:55:31

Part L 2013 - Transitional Provisions

Part L Transitional

The transitional provisions for the new approved documents will be the same as for those for the 2010 Building Regulations. In summary this means:

Where an Initial Notice has been submitted and building work commenced on the site before 6th April 2014 then the provisions of Part L will not apply, and;

Where an Initial Notice is served before 6th April 2014 then the provision of Part L will not apply, so long as work commencies on site before 6th April 2015.

Those wishing to submit an Initial Notice can do so by completing the online Application Form.

Updated: 2014-02-13 11:48:12   Added: 2014-02-13 11:48:12

BBS Building Control and Croydon Redevelopment

BBS has recently been appointed Approved Inspector to carry out Building Control services on two major projects in the centre of Croydon and another 5 miles North West in Colliers Wood.

Croydon in South London is the largest London borough by population and undergoing a major regeneration programme. Following a series of consultations with key stakeholders, including public and private sector businesses, a 5 year Economic Development Plan has been drawn up. Due to its location – Gatwick Airport is 14 minutes by train and Central London only 12 minutes - Croydon represents a significant opportunity to become a modern and important hub serving both London and the South East. Currently more than £3.5 million has been committed to proposed development projects.

The 15 storey tower block, Delta Point in Wellesey Road, was built in the mid 1980’s. Last year, this former BT office block was used as the setting for Gotham General Hospital in the latest Batman film.  Work will commence soon on converting the building into 348 residential units with an upper and lower basement car park.

Canterbury House, the 11 storey building in Sydenham Road, is also due to be converted from offices to 100 residential units.

Planning permission was granted by the London Borough of Merton back in April 2008 for the redevelopment of the island site located at 125 High Street, Colliers Wood.  The site currently comprises a 17 storey tower and 5 storey car park. The permission allows for the demolition of the existing car park. Plus the conversion of, and extension to, the existing tower block to provide: 218 residential units, 2 retail units, cafe/bar and a new public library.

Updated: 2014-01-29 16:22:10   Added: 2014-01-29 16:22:10

Part L 2013 Update Seminar - Highlights

Following the DCLG's announcements on Allowable Solutions, Housing Standards and Part L 2013, and the publication of the revised Approved Documents, BBS hosted a series of seminars. These seminars assisted our clients, architects and designers, developers, contractors and builders in understanding and applying the forthcoming changes.

BBS Seminar

Part L 2013 Update Seminar – Ellen Huelin 
Part L 2013 Update Seminar - Andrew Mitchell (Allowable Solutions) 
Part L 2013 Update Seminar - Andrew Mitchell (Zero Carbon)

The first of the seminars was held at the Mercure Hotel, Pembury, Kent and attended by over 50 practitioners from across the construction industry. The keynote speakers were Ellen Huelin, Senior Code and Energy Assessor | SAP Manager and Andrew Mitchell, Director of Environmental Services.Highlights from the seminar are now available to view. 

Should further information on the forthcoming changes to Part L, and its implications, be of interest to you then please contact John Barham on 01892 893733 or email

Updated: 2013-12-04 09:49:41   Added: 2013-12-04 09:49:41

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