• Bertie Dixon

Recent Work

Updated: Nov 15

We're working on a brand new website right now. In the meantime here is an update with some of our recent work listed:




1.

MAJOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PORTSMOUTH, £100M, @RIBA 3

500 homes in a new-build and neighbourhood regeneration project for Portsmouth City Council. Working with the architect-led multidisciplinary team to achieve full Passivhaus certification on all homes.

Air Permeability target: 0.6m3/m2/hr@50Pa


2.

MAJOR STUDENT HOUSING SCHEME, CANARY WHARF, LONDON, £210M, @RIBA 4

Three towers of student accommodation; office and retail will house 1000 students. This is set to be one of the largest Passivhaus schemes in the Western hemisphere.

As Sub-consultants to Henriksen Studio, we helped set the Passivhaus target in motion with an early-stage feasibility study. Then we built a team to run the Passivhaus assessment and refine the MEP design and airtightness strategy from RIBA stage 2 to 4.

Air Permeability target: 0.6m3/m2/hr@50Pa


3.

LARGE STUDENT HOUSING SCHEME, NINE ELMS, LONDON, £110M, @RIBA 4

Four large blocks of student accommodation; office and retail will house 500 students. This is another large Passivhaus scheme with the same client as the Canary Wharf scheme. The repetition is allowing us to refine our design approach on each subsequent project.


As Sub-consultants to Henriksen Studio, we helped set the Passivhaus target in motion with an early-stage feasibility study. Then we built a team to run the Passivhaus assessment and refine the MEP design and airtightness strategy from RIBA stage 2 to 4.

Air Permeability target: 0.6m3/m2/hr@50Pa


4.

MEDIUM SCALE HOUSING FOR BRIGHTER HOMES BRISTOL, £20M, @RIBA 5

This is 36 homes to full Passivhaus; we provided MEP consultancy to achieve comfortable desirable social housing. Heat and hot water is generated by an innovative yet robust communal ambient loop drawing heat from a ground source array.


Air Permeability target: 0.6m3/m2/hr@50Pa


5.

MEDIUM SCALE HOUSING FOR TOWER HAMLETS, £Various, @ Various upto RIBA 5

Optimised design can go even further through repeat work; we have worked on five such schemes with this client. All are near-Passivhaus design, most will use communal ground source heat pumps to provide low carbon ‘future-proof’ heat with minimum maintenance burden.

Air Permeability target: 0.6m3/m2/hr@50Pa


6.

AGAR GROVE FOR LONDON BOROUGH OF CAMDEN, £70M, Complete

This is a multi-award winning landmark scheme in low energy housing. With 500 flats, 350 to Passivhaus, it is one of the UK's largest and tallest Passivhaus projects. While at Max Fordham, Bertie worked with the client to determine Passivhaus feasibility from RIBA stage 1.

He was involved as MEP design and PH planner up to technical design stage. Post contract I was retained on the client side to see the first phase of the scheme through commissioning and into occupation, with post occupancy evaluation workshops.

Air Permeability achieved: 1.1m3/m2/hr@50Pa


7.

New Private house, Hampshire, £5m, @ RIBA 6

MEP design for a major scheme in historic grounds, with Invisible Studio Architects

Air Permeability target: 1.5m3/m2/hr@50Pa


8.

Low carbon retrofit of Canonbury Warehouse, £2m, @RIBA 6

Top to bottom deep energy retrofit of a warehouse building; to create a new private home; performance to the AECB retrofit standard.

Air Permeability achieved: 2.4m3/m2/hr@50Pa


9.

circular-economy Town terrace, london, £2m, @RIBA 6

Optimised building fabric advice for a highly progressive terrace of new build homes in East London; no fossil fuel products, all materials on sit to be reused, super low embodied carbon; Airtightness and thermal bridging analysis. Near Passivhaus energy performance

Air Permeability achieved: 0.3m3/m2/hr@50Pa


10.

Max’s house, London, Complete

A multi award winning project and the first home to be certified zero carbon by the UKGBC metric, this single private dwelling has set a precedent for future home design. Bertie worked with Max on the early stage Passivhaus designs.

Air Permeability achieved: 0.12m3/m2/hr@50Pa


11.

Skeotaing Shetland Passivhaus Plus , £TBC, @RIBA 6

A new build crofters lodge near Clousta on the Isles of Shetland. This house will be built to the forward thinking specification of Passivhaus Plus. Premium comfort is achieved for minimum energy demand; and virtually all the energy requirements are generated on site, making this one of the first net zero carbon homes in this challenging climate. The as-built performance will be closely monitored in orer to feed-back key learning.

Air Permeability target: 0.6m3/m2/hr@50Pa


12.

Sands End, Complete

This Sterling-Prize nominated scheme with Mae architects is a community centre and play space carefully inserted into a cherished historic site. While at Max Fordham, Bertie worked with the design team upto RIBA stage 3; to set the MEP strategies and ensure Summer comfort.


13.

Havelock, £500k, Complete

With funding from the Mayor of London’s Good growth by design scheme, this is a high quality intervention into an otherwise deprived West London community. Community facilities such as a canoe club, kindergarten, meeting and events spaces have been carefully inserted into an unloved 1970s garage undercroft. The MEP proposals are refined and legible yet discrete. They are highly robust yet efficient to run.


14.

Technical reporting on air tightness, for siga

For 2 years Bertie was employed by SIGA, a Swiss manufacturer of high-quality airtightness tapes, membranes and adhesives, to write about airtightness in construction. The monthly articles involved research into projects, techniques, products and regulations. The style was informative yet accessible to a wide audience.



7 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All