Chaplin Farrant Limited

Chaplin Farrant is committed to sustainable development and seeks to lower the environmental impact of all our projects.

We have a holistic approach where we consider not only the technical aspects of sustainable design but also the physical and sensory aspects of creating attractive, comfortable and healthy places to work and live.

Chaplin Farrant Limited is a multidisciplinary practice which has been based in Norwich for over 70 years. The core service provided to our clients is architecture but this is supported by quantity surveyors, engineers, planning consulting and CDM coordination.

The practice has a proven track record in the main building sectors having successfully completed many residential, commercial, industrial, healthcare, education and retail projects. As a managed quality control system, our procedures are certified to ISO 9001.

We carry out a constant review of projects to ensure they are surpassing our clients aspirations for sustainable design and also meeting our own high design standards.

The design reviews typically involve discussion between our experienced technical staff, such as our code for Sustainable Homes assessors, our design teams and our quantity surveying and engineering staff, to ensure all aspects of sustainable design are considered, including thermal performance, natural light, ventilation, renewable energy options etc. with these factors reviewed against the project budget, life cycle costs, maintenance, robustness and the client’s requirements.

The design director of the company has a specific role of overseeing the project reviews and coordinating the practice’s focus on sustainable design.

Projects which exhibit Chaplin Farrant’s ongoing commitment to sustainable development include:

Plowright Surgery – Swaffham

When completed the new Plowright Surgery was described as the most energy efficient GP Surgery in the UK due to its minimal energy requirements and passive solar design and natural ventilation techniques. In recognition of its exemplary achievement in addressing environmental issues, the building was awarded the National NHS Award for Sustainability and is held up by CABE and Partnerships for Health as an exemplar design in its field.

It achieves an “Excellent” rating using the NHS environmental assessment tool, with the building using less than 1/3 of the energy target required by the Department of Health . It was constructed using a glulaminated timber
Frame, allowing flexibility of current and future design, with infill timber-framed studwork walls with high levels of insulation and air tightness. Summer overheating is controlled by large roof projections, brise soleil and green sun-stop glass on the south and west side of the building.

The chimney effect natural ventilation design also works very well to create air movement throughout the building ensuring a comfortable environment for the occupants and no requirement for air conditioning.

Swaffham case study

Norfolk Constabulary – Deployment Base, Aylsham

The deployment base demonstrates Chaplin Farrant’s emphasis on sustainable design by working closely with the client to carry out a detailed case study project to examine and use the most cost effective and sustainable construction techniques.

A detailed feasibility study examined life cycle costs, maintenance issues, and capital costs to ensure the project fully met the Norfolk Constabulary’s environmental aspirations. The building was also used as a case study for guidance on the client’s future building projects.

To achieve the required environmental performance, the building features air source heat pumps, photovoltaic cells, a wind turbine, sustainable drainage, solar powered ventilation system, sedum green living roof and 150 tonnes of recycled glass as a sub-base to the car park instead of sand.

Corporation Yard, Norwich

This affordable housing scheme comprises six general needs 1 bed flats for rent and is an excellent example of sustainable housing on a tight urban site. The dwellings feature timber cladding and timber framed construction, enabling high levels of insulation and air tightness.

Reuse of a brownfield site, energy efficient heating systems, sustainable drainage, water conservation features and materials recyclable such as the aluminum standing seam roof enable the dwellings to be very environmentally-friendly, whilst also allowing the building occupants to benefit from low running costs.

Contact: Neil Macnab