Mitigating the Energy Performance Gap

Mitigating the Energy Performance Gap

Graduate Project Manager, Jason Crozier, explored the topical issue of the Energy Performance Gap in his recent dissertation, which has been awarded the Construction Dissertation Prize by Oxford Brookes University. International agreements to reduce carbon emissions continue to put pressure on the construction industry to design and build in an environmentally-friendly way. However, recent Building Performance Evaluation studies have highlighted an alarming disparity between the design intents and actual performance of new buildings. The research study investigates this issue and looked into solutions to mitigate the Energy Performance Gap in new build non-domestic properties. The nature of the problem The research studied a range of factors: those that are within the direct control of a project team and those outside their direct scope: Statutory policies and ineffective regulatory bodies Design and technology User Build Commissioning and handover Performance testing Mitigation measures Following extensive research through literature review, qualitative and quantitative research in the form of interviews with a ‘project team’ and surveys, the study concluded that there are multiple reasons for the Energy Performance Gap being such a widespread issue. Jason presented a range of mitigation measures including closer collaboration across professional boundaries, altering the make up of the project team and encouraging the end user to maximise the building’s potential. While some of the suggestions represent a significant statutory shift, others are low scale amendments to professional actions that could lead to critical gains. A few of the suggestions: Engage facilities management team on project team: allow the input early in the project to develop an optimal design Lobby statutory bodies to alter approach: enable freer interpretation of regulatory recommendations  Use of BIM to support...
Chirk Leisure Centre reopened following successful refurbishment

Chirk Leisure Centre reopened following successful refurbishment

On 26 July 2017, the Chirk Leisure and Activity Centre was reopened following extensive refurbishment to improve provision for the local community. The centre was reopened by the Major of Wrexham, Councillor John Pritchard. Clarkson Alliance provided design, project and cost management services, and worked closely with our partners Leisure Energy who delivered energy saving measures that will reduce energy consumption by 36%. The refurbishments included a new, expanded fitness suite and free weights area, as well as a new reception area, and new lighting over the swimming pool which has dramatically improved the swimming experience and has received great feedback from users. The project received funding from the Welsh government, which supports the improvement in facilities to help people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to participate and enjoy sport. Clarkson Alliance are also working to complete refurbishments at the Waterworld Leisure Centre in nearby Wrexham, which is on track to be opened in October....
Planning approved for fitness centre at Phyllis Court Club, Henley

Planning approved for fitness centre at Phyllis Court Club, Henley

Phyllis Court Club is a private members club in Henley; Clarkson Alliance is providing project and cost management services to the club to develop a fitness centre, something that has been discussed at the club since 1938! The planning application has now been approved, and more visible work on site will begin in early autumn 2017, with the project due for completion in mid 2018. The Fitness Centre will include a 20m swimming pool, a sanarium, gym and exercise studio, with extensive changing facilities, for use by the rowing, canoe and kayak, tennis clubs at Phyllis...
New visuals released of luxury Czech development

New visuals released of luxury Czech development

Clarkson Alliance is acting as Development Manager at a unique residential community, Oaks. Oaks is situated outside the city of Prague, and lies in the heart of beautiful natural surroundings, whilst also providing easy access to both the airport and the city centre. We can now share a selection of new visuals from the project, which showcase the luxury development, that will include over 200 private homes and apartments, an 18-hole PGA golf course, country club, hotel, spa, shops, restaurants and a range of leisure facilities. Planning permits have been granted for the majority of Phase 1 construction which will include 71 residential units and much of the village centre. This phase is due to be completed in early 2019. Follow us on Twitter where we will be posting regular photographs of progress. Overhead exterior view Nighttime exterior view Country club – exterior view Exterior view of villa Exterior view of private residence Interior view of swimming pool Interior view of residential space Interior view of residential space Interior view of dining area...
Poplar Baths restoration project wins New London Architecture Award

Poplar Baths restoration project wins New London Architecture Award

A project to restore Poplar Baths in London, rescuing the Grade II listed site from dereliction has been recognised at the New London Architecture (NLA) Awards, winning the Conservation and Retrofit category. The restoration of the baths was part of a wider restoration project valued at £36m, which included the Haileybury Youth Centre and surrounding residential developments. Clarkson Alliance led on project initiation, working closely with construction firm Guildmore and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the communications strategy. Utilising our experience in both the leisure and heritage sectors, our role included the design team appointment, cost planning and establishing a strategic programme with Tower Hamlets and our Planning and Heritage Consultants. Originally a Victorian building, Poplar Baths was renovated and reopened to the public in 1934. The baths were built as part of a wider national strategy to improve social conditions for low income communities, and were well used.  However, following a decline in usage and maintenance, the baths closed to the public during the 1980s and fell into disrepair. After nearly 30 years, the renovated new leisure facility was reopened to the public in summer 2016, with an impressive art deco lobby, new swimming pool, sports hall and café. Much needed residential space has also been development as part of the wider project. The new leisure facility has been designed to reduce energy consumption and achieves a BREEAM ‘Very good’ standard. “We are delighted to have been part of the journey to bring this ‘Building at Risk’ and important piece of Poplar back to life. Thanks to such a fantastic project, people will now be able to...