Residential Assessments

 Broughton Site A, Milton Keynes

Broughton Site A consists of 234 units with a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats; 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses as well as a small number of retail units. Initially EAC undertook the design stage assessment of the site and worked with the design team to maximise the credits to meet the target rating of “Excellent”.

The consortium was then commissioned to undertake a Post Construction Review in line with the requirements of English Partnerships.

The consortium provided consultancy during the value engineering exercises, re-addressing credits that were impacted by changes being proposed and advising on where other credits could be achieved.  As the final part of the post construction assessment the assessor undertook a number of site visits to ensure that the features built were EcoHomes compliant and the development achieved the required “Excellent” rating.

Note: Post construction assessments are now compulsory under the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Building type:   Residential houses and flats, speculative and social   Value: Undisclosed   Gross floor area: 20,755m2

Project team:   Developer: Lodge Park Ltd.

Key project features: Building fabric U values exceeding Building Regulation requirements and energy efficient goods provided. Site ecology was enhanced significantly in line with recommendations from a qualified ecologist.  Appropriate rainwater collection and flow attenuation were included to reduce the risk of flooding.


 Bluebirds Nursing Home, Milton Keynes

The EAC completed one of the first Bespoke BREEAM assessments of a residential care home in 2004.  The building assessed was “Bluebirds”, a 55 bed nursing home in Milton Keynes.  The assessment was required to achieve as “Very Good” rating by English Partnerships (EP) as part of EP’s development strategy for Milton Keynes.  This assessment was one of the first bespoke assessments of its type and required the assessor to provide feedback to BRE to be utilised in future assessments.

As part of the core assessment service the EAC assessor provided guidance to the design team on how to achieve the required BREEAM rating and the scheme was subject to a Post Construction Review to verify that all of the BREEAM requirements had been included in the final construction.  The project achieved its required “Very Good” rating.

Building type:   Nursing Home   Value: Undisclosed  Gross floor area: 2,254m2

Project team: Developer: PJ Carey Ltd.  Contractor: BMH Construction Company (Clifton)  Designers: Eades Hotwani Partnership                   M & E Consultants: FHP Consulting Engineers Ltd.

Key project features: The project design adopted good standards of energy efficiency, with a well insulated building fabric constructed using traditional methods and high efficiency, well controlled boilers.  The design maximised day-lighting supplemented by high frequency, locally controlled fluorescent lighting.