Building Project: Weymouth Peninsula

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Project Info Client: Cushman & Wakefield Completion Year: 2018 Flood risk assessment Location: Weymouth, Dorset A Syntegra team has conducted a flood risk assessment as part of ambitious plans to regenerate the landmark Weymouth Peninsula site. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has backed proposals for a £14m scheme to make the Dorset coastal town more […]

Building Project: Thane Villas

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Project Info Client: Willingale Associates Completion Year: 2015 M&E, below ground drainage, SAP, Water Part G, acoustic and sustainability consultancy Location: Islington Our consultants were delighted to work alongside architects Willingale Associates to successfully integrate a modern sustainable  development into the grounds of an historic residential setting. The design of three new homes under a […]

Syntegra commits to 100% renewable energy

Syntegra is leading by example and has signed up to use 100% renewable energy for all its properties from the start of 2019 in line with its global goals mission. SSE Green is a 100% renewable energy tariff offered by SSE Business Energy which allows organisations to report zero emissions for their purchased electricity. It is […]

Budget 2018: The green economy announcements and reaction

In what is widely tipped to be the last budget before Brexit, the Chancellor made little mention of any major ‘green’ economic issues leaving the much-anticipated plastic tax the major announcement. Here for you to digest over a quick cuppa – not, we hope, from a disposable cup – is a round-up of key policy […]

New World Health Organization guidelines on environmental noise

Acoustics considerations are set to be shaped by influential new guidelines on the impact of environmental noise on human health and well-being. New Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region were published by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe this month (October) and will drive policy and guidance for the sector over the […]

SuDS approval to be mandatory in Wales

All proposed new developments in Wales must be signed off by the SuDS Approving Body (SAB) from January to prove that project designs are as sustainable as possible regarding the dispersal of water to avoid flooding and pollution problems at an early planning stage. Current voluntary standards which apply to how drains are designed, constructed, […]

Daylight assessments 25degree rule for planning applications

By Su Young Lee, Syntegra Senior Sustainability Consultant In designing a new development or extension to a building, it is important to safeguard the daylight to nearby buildings. Therefore most councils require a daylight, sunlight and overshadowing assessment as part of the planning application. Loss of light to existing neighbouring windows does not need analysing […]

Government funds to boost clean technologies development

The UK Government has launched schemes to help speed up the adoption of clean technologies. The first is a £320m Heat Networks Investment project (HNIP) offering grants and loans to businesses, hospitals, schools and local authorities with a heat network of two or more buildings. The scheme is being operated by the Department for Business, […]

Net-zero economy aim for UK government

The UK Government has confirmed it is seeking advice on how to reduce carbon emissions and move to a net-zero economy. Following the release of a report last week by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warning that the global temperature increase will hit 1.5C by 2030, and 3-4C by the end of […]

Housing programme kickstarted by PM lifting borrowing cap

Syntegra colleagues are ready to work with local councils across the UK as moves to build thousands of new homes are expected following the Prime Minister’s announcement that she is lifting the cap on their borrowing to fund new developments. ‘There’s a government cap on how much local authorities can borrow against their Housing Revenue […]

Impact of New draft SAPs (Part L) on future Energy Strategy Reports

The new draft Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP10) was published in July and here our Energy Services Director Umer Uzair reviews the impact of this on future Energy Strategy Reports. Before we discuss the changes within SAPs, I would like to mention the purpose of SAP calculations and what is SAP? SAP is the standard assessment […]

Upholding environmental standards if there’s no Brexit deal

The government has issued guidance around the potential impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on environmental standards in the UK, affecting areas including waste, air quality, water, and protection of habitats and species. A large body of existing EU environmental law currently covers these areas and some of this legislation also delivers the UK’s commitments […]

Drainage is key to sustainable site development, warns new team member

Arwyn Norris

Syntegra is delighted to unveil a new member of its team as it expands its services and brings all its hydrology and flood risk assessment roles inhouse for the first time. Arwyn Norris is our new Director of Civils and Infrastructure and brings with him a wealth of experience in the field which we will […]

The slippery slope to success

Members of the Syntegra team will be hoping they don’t slip up when they attend a network event with a difference in the new year – on the ski slopes. Managing Director Alan King has signed up to take part in PropSki 2019 in the world famous ski resort of Chamonix, France with a property […]

New guidance on lighting and its effect on bats

New guidance on lighting and its effect on bats has been welcomed by the Syntegra team as it offers advice to clients on sustainable development schemes. The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) has launched the latest practical guidance on considering the impact upon bats when designing lighting schemes. They have worked with the Bat Conservation […]

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development supported by Syntegra

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 global goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change, says The Global Goals website. ‘Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to […]

Zero carbon – international roadmap agreed

The Mayor of London has pledged to expand standards for zero-carbon new homes to all new buildings from next year as part of an international move to create more sustainable cities. Sadiq Khan is one of 19 city leaders around the world to sign the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration to introduce planning regulations that […]

Syntegra acoustic team’s work rewarded

Syntegra has been granted membership of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC). Following our application to join, our Associate Acoustic Consultant David Yates had to submit reports written in the line of his work to be peer reviewed prior to the company being awarded admission as a member of the industry body to prove technical […]

Planning applications face delay if bat surveys not completed promptly

A key window of opportunity for planning applications is about to close as the bat survey season draws to an end – meaning potential delays of up to a year for construction projects. Syntegra prides itself on a quick turnaround for all ecological surveys but we are bound by law to leave bats in peace […]

Lower parking rates for electric vehicle drivers

London’s first ‘environmentally-friendly’ parking tariff is being introduced with discounted rates offered to drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles as an incentive to boost sustainable travel in the capital. The City of London Corporation is launching its scheme on Monday (Aug 20th) for on-street parking within the Square Mile commercial and financial district. Drivers will […]

A day in the life of a Syntegra team member

Like many companies, we invest in marketing ourselves as a fun, productive make-a-difference type of place to work.We can tell you all the corporate messages we like to think attract the right calibre of candidate to apply to work with us when we are recruiting.But actually, what better way to find out what life’s really […]

UK to publish an Environment Bill

Measures to tackle air quality will be included in a new ‘ambitious’ Environmental Bill to be launched by the UK Government, Theresa May has announced. ‘Clean air will be part of that Environment Bill,” the Prime Minister said. ‘There hasn’t been an Environment Act since 1995, and so we want to bring forward an Environment […]

Majority of UK consumers prefer products made using renewable energy

Most UK consumers prefer to buy products from companies powered by renewable energy over their competitors who don’t, according to a new survey. The research, by offshore wind specialists Ørsted, showed 86% of respondents believed it was worth purchasing goods made using 100% renewable energy with 73% indicating they would choose products from firms powered […]