Travelodge have acquired an office building in the side of a Mall in Wood Green London with the view of turning this into a shopping centre hotel. 

The consented planning scheme didn’t fit with the developer, PV Panels on the roof provided loading issues and a carbon offset payment was required.

We worked with the architect to enhance the building fabric and reduce heat loss. Furthermore we split the SBEM assessment into two parts to cover the Existing and New Build elements to give more accurate targets.

The specification of a CHP system for hot water, a high efficiency VRF system for heating and cooling alongside a thorough lighting strategy ensured all planning policies were adhered saving the client money in the process.

Our Objective:

Building service consultants Carnell Warren approached us, as their energy assessors, having been appointed M&E consultants on the project. An SBEM and Energy Statement was completed by another company which concluded an array of PV and carbon offset levy payment was required. Both of these needed to be factored out of the design as a cost saving exercise.

The Challenge:  

Remove the PV and achieve a building which hit the 35% improvement over building regulations for London Plan, 20% reduction in CO2 through renewables & without requiring a Carbon offset Payment.

The Solution:

Split the building assessment into two parts – a new build and a refurbishment. We specified CHP for hot water and VRF Air source heating and cooling for the bedroom heating and cooling. Also designed out the need for PV and removed a £30,000 offset payment.

The Outcome:

Full planning consent with no offset payments. We aided the specification of the building services to ensure local planning policy governing NOx emission targets were met.


Sectors: Commercial, Hotel
Services: SBEM on New Build and Refurbishment, London Plan Compliance