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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Closed for lunch 12pm - 1pm each day

Closed all day Saturday and Sunday and bank holidays

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The Project Support Centre is located in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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Obtaining flood insurance in high risk areas

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This guide aims to provide information to help obtain a suitable insurance policy for property in a flood risk area, and how to reduce the impact of flooding.

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Light rail and tram statistics 2011/12

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This statistical release presents information on light rail and tram systems in England during 2011-12. It covers urban systems that are predominantly surface-running.

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Penfold Review of non planning consents

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The Penfold Review of Non-Planning Consents was commissioned the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). The Review was charged with the identification of measures to reduce the regulatory burden imposed on developers by the need to obtain additional consents and approvals after they have secured the grant of planning permission for their development proposals. Such requirements cause delay and costs. On occasion, these can render the development concerned non-viable.

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BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes on the London 2012 Olympic Park: Lessons from the Velodrome, Aquatics Centre and the Olympic and Paralympic Village

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This publication contributes to the ‘learning legacy’ for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and shares the lessons learned about sustainable design and construction on this exceptional project with the construction industry. The report examines the achievement of high levels of sustainability on two of the key venues at the Olympic Park: the use of the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) in the design and construction of the Velodrome and Aquatics Centre; and the use of the Code for Sustainable Homes on the Olympic and Paralympic Village. The findings of these projects will be especially valuable to clients, designers and contractors. [ISBN 978-1-84806-274-0  £36]

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Retrofitting district heating systems: Creating replicable retrofit models in Hackbridge

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District heating networks are being planned across the country in most instances these will only supply new buildings. This study investigated whether connecting our existing buildings to these networks would be a better route to carbon saving than extensive energy efficiency retrofitting. The study is based on connecting district heating to flats, but the approach can be applied to other building types. The study found that district heating (using a variety of heat sources) achieved considerably more carbon emission savings than the full traditional retrofit option (whereby a building’s energy efficiency is improved by improving the building fabric and installing energy efficient or renewable sources of heat and electricity in the building itself) and at a lower cost. Unlike the district heating approach, however, traditional retrofit tackles other issues such as fuel poverty and thermal comfort. These were important considerations for the residents surveyed who, whilst in favour of both approaches, would prioritise the retrofit.

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Gatwick Masterplan 2012

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Gatwick has published its finalised master plan, which outlines its development plans to 2020 and looks onwards to 2030 when it expects to reach full capacity with around 45 million passengers a year choosing to fly from the airport.

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Re-imagining urban spaces to help revitalise our high streets

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Town centres and high streets have buildings and roads, but the spaces in-between are what hold them together as a place, the open spaces, squares, urban green spaces and the network of streets, pavements and pedestrian thoroughfares that knit them together. All too often, these spaces are used as no more than that – thoroughfares – and we start to forget that they can be so much more. This report, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, describes the many different ways in which these under-utilised assets can be used imaginatively to revitalise high streets and town centres, thereby  increasing high street vitality, attracting footfall and boosting local economies. It is full of inspirational case studies, and signposts some of the key documents, guidance, tools and sources of support that could help local partners re-imagine the urban spaces in their area to help revitalise their local high streets and town centres.

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Investigation into overheating in homes: Literature review

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This literature review focuses on three main areas: whether overheating is occurring in new dwellings, in existing dwellings and whether or not retrofitting/refurbishing existing dwellings is likely to increase the risk of overheating. The review has been carried out on behalf of Government by a consortium led by AECOM, and supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London. A second output from this work is an Analysis of Gaps and Recommendations  report identifying the main gaps in the literature, and areas where further work might be of most value.

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Enterprise Zone Website

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The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a brand new micro site to promote Enterprise Zones across England. The site is designed as the first point of call for all budding entrepreneurs and businesses looking to grow and expand.

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Building futures: neighbourhood audit

Posted on: 19 July 2012
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The 2011 Neighbourhood Audit, published by the national Housing Federation, is the most accurate picture to date of the scale and variety of housing associations’ community investment. Drawing on learning from the 2008 audit, this project measured a more comprehensive range of activity.

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