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Client: CBRE Global Investors/Architect: AWW | BREEAM: very good

We provide a comprehensive service to help clients achieve planning consent for a wide range of building types – often in challenging or sensitive locations where specialist advice, analysis and reports are required to satisfy the planning authorities.

We work closely with the architect and planning consultant to support them and help make sure the design addresses all aspects of relevant sustainability planning criteria, resulting in a buildable scheme which is more likely to receive consent.

Strict requirements

Most local authorities have energy and sustainability requirements as part of their Core Strategies and will set strict requirements for new and refurbished buildings. Our planning service has developed over many years of experience in building projects from feasibility stage, and we have a vast range of experience of helping clients through the planning process.

Our energy and sustainability team can produce the Energy and Sustainability Statement, using SAP and SBEM, or IES modelling, to conduct energy calculations using the energy hierarchy; Be Lean, Be Clean and Be Green. We can set bespoke sustainability targets for the project using our extensive experience of sustainable design.

Other planning services include early stage M&E engineering for mixed use, residential or commercial projects. This will often involve utilities applications, understanding ventilation requirements and setting the initial service routes in liaison with the Architect.

Listed buildings

Conservation projects and listed buildings will require special consideration. We are highly experienced in delivering successful schemes at planning and beyond.

Thermal comfort

We also recommend undertaking computer modelling and considering building physics for thermal comfort before planning and before the key building form decisions are made.


BREEAM for Communities is a very useful tool used at the early stages of masterplanning design to check sustainability is integral to the design and not just added on a building-by-building case. It is a two-stage assessment process; Interim step 1 at outline planning stage and final steps 2 and 3 at detailed planning.

We can lead the whole process from masterplanning to post construction. Our dedicated sustainability and BREEAM team is fully qualified and licensed to provide advice on BREEAM Communities and to undertake the formal assessment. We are also qualified under every BREEAM scheme for buildings and the Home Quality Mark so we can further advise on how specific buildings will need to comply and integrate with the overall site.

We are also qualified in BREEAM Infrastructure for civil engineering projects which can be used for public realm or roads, alongside BREEAM Communities. Click here for further information from BRE.