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Massive congratulations to our Senior Electrical Engineer, Stuart Bayliss, who is now officially LCIBSE (Licentiate of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers)! 

Well done, Stu! 

We’d like to extend a very warm welcome to Chris Blackhall who has joined us as ESC’s Ecologist.

With a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and MSc in Applies Aquatic Biology amongst his many qualifications, he now has more than two years’ practical experience as an ecologist including undertaking Habitat Surveys and species-specific ecological surveys.

Chris is tasked with providing ecological guidance and information to our clients’, as well as preparing the relevant reports and documentation in support of their planning applications. He is also able to undertake Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) duties.

His valuable experience in carrying out many types of ecological surveys (including great-crested newts, reptiles, water voles, otters, bats, badgers, birds, white-clawed crayfish, fish and aquatic macro invertebrates) certainly mean he will be a fantastic asset, both to our team and to our clients!

Welcome to the team, Chris!

 

Our heartiest congratulations go to our Associate Director, Vicki, and her new husband, Tom, who were married on Saturday (29th April).

We wish them all the very best as they begin their new adventure as husband and wife.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wilson!

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Please be advised that the BRE have notified us of various updates to their fees. This will affect all new assessments registered on or after 1st July 2017.

Although many of the fee adjustments are relatively minor, the most dramatic difference can be seen the certification (QA) fees for non-domestic buildings. These fees will now be calculated according to the size of the development:

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As ever, please be assured ESC will only ever recharge the BRE’s fees to you at cost.

If you have any questions on the updated fees and the impact it may have on any future registrations, please don’t hesitate to contact Vicki Wilson who will be only too pleased to assist.

A copy of the BRE’s updated fee sheet may be found here.

celebrateCongratulations go to Rob Adkins, James Tickle and Dan Horton who have all been promoted.

Rob and James are now Technical Directors of ESC. They joined us in 2002 and 2003 respectively and now have more than 35 years of engineering experience between them!

Dan has been promoted to Associate Director. He has been with ESC since 2006 and now has more than 21 years’ electrical design experience.

Congratulations, gentlemen! Well deserved!

 

 

We are delighted to announce that Vicki Leigh has been promoted to become an Associate Director of ESC.

Vicki joined us in 2011 to establish the environmental and sustainability aspects of our consultancy. She has overseen the growth of the Environmental and Ecological Services Department from it’s beginnings as just herself (!) to the current team of four.

The Environmental team also includes Amy Clutterbuck and Jessica Lees, both of whom joined us as graduate trainees earlier this year. Jess and Amy have just achieved their BREEAM Assessor qualifications and are now promoted to the role of Environmental Consultant.

Our fourth promotion is Stuart Bayliss. Stuart joined us in 2015 as an experienced electrical supervisor and has now been appointed as Senior Electrical Engineer.

Congratulations to you all on your hard work and well-deserved promotions!

 

 

In March 2016, we published details of the way in which interested parties could comment on four new policies relating to the ways in which EPS Licensing is carried out.

Natural England have now collated and published the responses from the public consultation. The report can be found here.

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Massive congratulations are due to our Graduate Environmental Consultants, Amy Clutterbuck and Jessica Lees, who have just passed their BREEAM Assessor examinations.

After months of hard work and in-depth study of the processes and technical issues of BREEAM, both are now qualified to assist our clients in achieving their project’s required BREEAM standards.

Congratulations Jess and Amy!

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ESC ENV LOGO 2016Congratulations to our Senior Environmental Consultant, Vicki Leigh, who has now added BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out Assessor to her list of qualifications!

This BREEAM standard has been designed to benefit investors, landlords and occupiers by future-proofing existing buildings as well as improving their overall performance and appearance. It can be awarded to those buildings undergoing a refurbishment or fit-out project where the environmental performance has been improved… whether these improvements have been made to the structure, core services, local services, interior design or the external envelope.

Please do contact Vicki should you wish to discuss any of the BREEAM and environmental services we are able to offer.

 

 

 

We’re thrilled to be a part of the fantastic team that will be altering Birmingham’s skyline forever.

Planning permission has just been received for the new BLOC Hotel which, at 26 storeys, will be a landmark development in the City Centre and ESC are delighted to have been appointed as the services engineers for the project.

Read the full story here

Artist's impression, CGI of plans for a new Bloc hotel in Hill Street, Birmingham city centre, taken from planning docs lodged in June 2016. Pic: Glenn Howells Architects
Artist’s impression, CGI of plans for a new Bloc hotel in Hill Street, Birmingham city centre, taken from planning docs lodged in June 2016.
Pic: Glenn Howells Architects

We are thrilled to be a part of the team recognised and given a Regional Award by The Royal Institute of British Architects for Derry Avenue, South Ockendon.

The RIBA East Award 2016 was awarded to the landmark development consisting of 25 flats for elderly residents.

Full details of the £6m, 2440 square metre development, the award and the team can be found on via the RIBA website.

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We’re pleased to be tell you we are now a part of the BRE Academy for BREEAM!

As the BRE website explains, “The BRE Academy has a membership programme to encourage lifelong learning and to represent the diverse audience within the built environment. We aim to keep individuals up to date with developments and innovation in the construction industry and the wider built environment.

“This membership is a place where like-minded professionals can interact, learn from each other (and experts at BRE), network for opportunities, and develop within their chosen field.”

We’re proud and privileged to be a part of such a fantastic initiative.

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Natural England has invited interested parties (including planners and developers) to comment on four new policies relating to the way in which European Protected Species (EPS) licensing is carried out.

All EPS are protected under the EU’s Habitats Directive meaning that it’s an offence to capture, kill, injure or even disturb them or their habitats without the correct licenses being obtained from Natural England.

The new policies are proposed to reduce costs to planners & developers in the way that they carry out surveys and trap, move or exclude any wildlife from development sites.  It is believed that the policies will also have a positive impact on the EPS themselves by improving overall populations.

These policies are:

  1. To allow greater flexibility on decisions to exclude or relocate EPS from development sites.
  2. To allow greater flexibility on the location of newly created habitats that compensate for habitats that will be lost.
  3. To allow EPS to have access to temporary habitats that will be developed at a later date.
  4. To allow appropriate and relevant surveys to be carried out where the impacts of development can be confidently predicted.

Should you, as an interested party, wish to contribute to the consultation, full details of the new policies and how to respond may be found here. The consultation closes on 7th April.

For further information on any ecological matters we may be able to assist you with, please contact Charlotte Hammond directly (charlotte.hammond@escuk.com).

 

From 1st January 2016 the BRE are introducing a new timescale requirement for resubmission of BREEAM assessments, following a QA audit.

The new timescale requires assessments which did not achieve certification on the first submission to the BRE to be resubmitted within six months of the date of QA feedback from the BRE (on the first assessment submission).

Resubmissions after this time will incur an additional, full certification fee. The fee will be charged at cost in accordance with the BRE fee schedule current at the date of resubmission for the relevant scheme.

Please do feel free to contact Vicki Leigh or Charlotte Hammond if you require any clarification or further detail.

 

 

ISO19001-2008 Cert 02.11We believe our ISO9001 registered status reflects our commitment to ensuring our clients receive the best service possible.

That’s why we’re delighted to let you know that our ISO9001:2008 processes have just been audited by QMS International and… we passed with absolutely no corrective actions required!

 

 

 

 

Congratulations are due to Vicki Leigh who is now a qualified BREEAM AP (Accredited Professional)!

The BREEAM AP qualification is only granted to suitably experienced construction professionals who can prove their knowledge of environmental design and associated design process enabling the delivery of buildiclever screen beanngs that meet BREEAM chaussures nike free certification requirements.

BREEAM AP’s provide the design team with expert advice on built environment sustainability, environmental design and environmental assessment as well as facilitating the team’s efforts to successfully schedule activities, set priorities and negotiation of the trade-offs required to achieve the targeted BREEAM chaussures nike free rating during the formal assessment of the design.

In recognition of the significant contribution a BREEAM AP can make to the design process, extra credits are given in some BREEAM schemes for appointing and using an AP.

Congratulations, Vicki!

 

 

We are delighted to announce that Vicki has today received confirmation of her Associate Membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

This has been achieved following a period of intensive study and an Associate Entry Exam through which Vicki demonstrated her understanding of environmental issues including law and policies, reporting and the application of environmental management & assessment tools.

Congratulations, Vicki!

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We’re happy to let you know that we have just received the results of our ISO14001:2004 annual accreditation audit and…

we’ve passed “with no corrective actions or observations identified”! ISO-14001

The ISO14001:2004 is designed to give a framework for an effective environmental management system. It provides assurance that the environmental impact of a business is being monitored, measured and – wherever possible – improved.

As you know we take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously at ESC and so we’re proud of our ongoing commitment to this standard and all that it demonstrates.

As soon as our updated certificate’s received, we’ll post it here!

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Please be aware that the last date to cheap nike shoes register any refurbishment projects under BREEAM 2008 or 2014 will be 16th February 2015. Thereafter all refurbishment projects will have to be registered under BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out 2014.

Please don’t hesitate to call Vicki Leigh on 0121 214 8998 should you require any help or advice with BREEAM registration and what it means for your cheap nike shoes project.

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We’re delighted to advise that Charlotte has had her Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management approved and she is now, officially, Charlotte Hammond Grad CIEEM!

Congratulations, Charlotte.

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We’re thrilled to announce that our Environmental Consultant, Vicki Leigh, is now certified to undertake BREEAM Communities assessments.

This is an assessment method used to measure and certify the social, environmental and economic sustainability of large scale developments by integrating sustainable design criteria throughout the masterplanning process.

Congratulations, Vicki, on all your hard work in achieving the qualification!

For more informationon the assessment standard please see: http://www.breeam.org/filelibrary/BREEAM%20Communities/Introduction_to_BREEAM_Communities.pdf

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**UPDATE**  **Photos of the successful event can be found here**

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On Tuesday December 2nd The Jam House will be host to the Property for Kids ‘SnowBall 2014’.

Tickets cost just £5 per person plus a gift (see below) with all proceeds going to Property for Kids for allocation to charity.

Doors open at 7.30pm.

OHIO opens the night at 8pm followed by Hot Property. OHIO will close with a singalong finale.

We expect this to be a popular event so book tickets now by contacting jilly@barques.co.uk

The aim of the SnowBall is to have fun and catch up with friends and colleagues, but also to help disadvantaged children around Christmas time.

Please bring along a Christmas gift for a child up to the value of £10, otherwise there will be a fine on the door for those Christmas scrooges! Please wrap girls gifts in pink and boys in blue and write the age range of the gift somewhere discreet. We will then distribute these gifts to a wide variety of community groups in the West Midlands.

We’re thrilled to announce that we have passed this year’s ISO9001:2008 audit with flying colours (no corrective actions or observations having been identified!)!

The accreditation sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is implemented by over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries.

ISO9001:2008 is based on a number of quality management principles especially the drive to continually improve our processes giving the best possible focus, service and outcome for our clients as well as developing our people in their knowledge and experience.

Click here to see our ISO 9001 Certificate

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