Knight’s House, 45-47 Cheval Place, London SW7 is a distinctive new build development by internationally renowned luxury property developer, Finchatton. Eight Associates acted as sustainability advisor and assessor on the three apartment project, undertaking energy modelling and ecology services. With an ambitious sustainability target from the outset, the design team followed a ‘fabric first’ approach so that the fabric energy efficiency of the building, averaged across all dwellings, is less than 48 kWh per square metre per year. The development achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and a 34% improvement above Part L 2010 regulations.
The energy strategy initially focused on implementing passive design measures to minimise energy demand for heating. Heating and direct hot water is provided via a community-heating scheme utilising high efficiency gas-boilers. A Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery system ensures optimal air quality. High efficiency monocrystalline PV panels are installed on the roof to provide electricity to the development.
The commitment to sustainability imbues every detail of the project. Concrete and steel for the site is procured from suppliers who hold environmental management system certification and FSC certified timber is used throughout. Daylighting and sound insulation met or exceeded the minimum local council planning requirements. Windows are a combination of double and triple glazed aluminium with applied heat films to ensure optimum comfort. Energy display devices are provided to each occupant to allow for real-time monitoring of heating and electricity usage. Space lighting within the communal areas is dedicated energy efficient, with time switches and motion detectors. Internal water use is restricted through water efficient sanitary ware, while eco-labelled A+ rated appliances are used throughout. Bins for separation of recyclables are provided, as is safe and secure cycle storage compliant with the Code for Sustainable Homes requirements.
"Eight Associates has rapidly become the 'go to' consultancy for all our ecology and arboricultural requirements. Each member of this friendly team has impressed us with their expertise, pragmatism and efficiency. The professional, 'fuss free' services mean we can turn projects around very quickly for our clients, which is critical for our business."
Andrew Brooks Development Manager at Lumiere Property
"Our experience of working alongside Eight Associates on a variety of projects is of a professional and progressive company. Clients benefit from an efficient multidisciplinary approach, that provides a very effective service to developers, architects, institutions and property owners in relation to their environmental, ecological, planning and sustainability matters."
Jason Mills Writtle Forest Consultancy Ltd.
"We have utilised the services of Eight Associates several times now and found them to be professional, approachable and friendly. They understand the requirements and demands of BREEAM assessments and have helped us early on at design stage to ensure that our construction projects achieve the required rating. A key part of compiling the evidence is a prompt and efficient review which they deliver consistently. I look forward to working with Eight Associates again in the future."
Mark Lockitt M&E Services Manager at Buckingham Group Contracting
"Eight Associates has provided invaluable sustainability advice for our RIBA award-winning boarding house at Brighton College, for both the BREEAM assessment and ecology. They were able to ensure we met Brighton and Hove Council's stringent Sustainability Policy in a very tight timeframe. I have found Eight to be a breath of fresh air and have already appointed them on our next development."
Steve Patten Projects Director, Brighton College
"Eight Associates approaches sustainability in a holistic way and consider a range of sustainability factors and their interdependencies. They offer multiple services under one roof, which is like gold for clients, saving time, providing clear communication, and preventing the usual back and forth and mixed messages"