Building for Growth and Efficiency

When C T Hayton wanted to build a new £1 million development at Syke Park in Wigton, Murton & Co were instructed by Architect, Chris Harper of Swarbrick Associates, to evaluate the specification and plans for compliance with Part L (conservation of fuel and power section) of the Building Regulations 2010. The project was a design and build by the Lattimer Group of Carlisle.

CT Hayton Case Study image groupHaving experienced spectacular growth, C T Hayton had outgrown their existing premises and needed a new building with more space and better access. It was also important that the building had a good energy efficiency rating.

In order to achieve this, the SBEM calculations were undertaken by Murton & Co to assess the building emissions rate (BER) and compare this with the target emissions rate (TER) as set out in Part L Building Regulations 2010.
As is often the case with this type of project, the building design can be subject to change for a number of reasons. Due to constraints with the budget on this project, the specification needed to be amended. Murton & Co liaised extensively with the M&E consultants and the Swarbrick Associates to establish the optimum solution to meet financial constraints as well as meeting compliance with the Building Regulations.

“Jonathan has a very pro-active attitude” , says Chris Harper. “His skills are first class and his instructions are very clear and knowledgeable. He doesn’t just tell you the problem, he always suggests a solution.”

Once work on site was completed in April 2013, Jonathan was brought back in to conduct the SBEM calculations on the finished building. The quality of construction and attention to detail undertaken by the Lattimer Group meant that the air permeability which was tested on the completed building achieved 2.93 m3/h/m2. This was significantly better than the predicted rate of 7.0 m3/h/m2.

“You couldn’t wish to work with someone more helpful”, says Chris. “We’ll definitely be using him again.”