Kent Group

Who are we and what do we do?  Paul established the Kent Group in around 2010, and created the first Pedalhaus tour as a way of getting a disparate group of people together to enjoy a cycle and see interesting buildings.

The Kent group covers a wide geographic area from Margate in the east to Sevenoaks in the West, which makes regular meetings difficult, so we try to spread events around the county. Local members include eco-builders, oakwrights, building control officers, architects, engineers, surveyors and home owners. As well as the Pedalhaus tours we like to visit new interesting buildings, both complete and under construction. We have sporadic ‘green drinks’ at a pub in Canterbury, and have run a number of very successful training sessions on ventilation, airtightness practicals, lime rendering, and passivhaus.

Ideas and suggestions for the group are very welcome. Contact Paul below.

Meet the group leader: 

group leaderHi, I’m Paul, a chartered building surveyor and I’ve been interested in energy efficiency since the late 1980’s when dealing with condensation issues in local authority housing in London. I then discovered that many of the insulation products I had been specifying were themselves harmful to the environment and this started my interest in wider ‘green building’ issues.  In order to promote truly sustainable building design, my wife Angela (also a chartered building surveyor) and I, set up Conker Conservation 1999, a family business now based in Canterbury. Conker has since designed buildings out of straw, rammed earth, rammed chalk, hempcrete, and used almost every type of sustainable insulation material, they also tackle historic building conservation and traditional surveying work including school maintenance and building surveys”

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    Paul Mallion

    Kent Pedalhaus 2018 Update
    19th May, visiting Caring Wood for a guided tour by one of the architects James McDonald Wright.
    Itinerary-Start in Lenham- meeting at 0800 for breakfast (not compulsory) at Chequers Fish Bar Cafe, The Square in the historic heart of the village. Parking is available at Lenham Community Centre, and Lenham station has services to Maidstone and Ashford which arrive by 0800. Therefore if you want to get the train here, or if you want to do just one leg of the cycle, you can take the train back to Lenham.
    Grand Depart-0900
    Route is on quiet lanes, but there are a small number of hills near Caring Wood (it was a quarry and is on the Greensand ridge), some quite steep. Distance is only 8.3miles, which takes 1.25 hours at 12mph (I have recce’d the route).
    Grand Arrivée 10.30
    After the tour of the building we will head for lunch at a nearby pub TBA.
    Paul Casey from GoElectric Bikes will be providing some free hire electric bikes, so please advise if you would like to take up this offer.
    You can either cycle back to Lenham, or take the train back, or cycle on to Maidstone
    Updates to follow


    Paul Mallion

    Pedalhaus route

    Lunch options- The Oak on the Green or The White Horse

    Please advise if you wish to hire an electric bike.


    Paul Mallion

    Pedalhaus 2018 was a great success, 18 riders survived a full English and headed to Caring Wood, then lunched at a nearby pub. Photos will be on website.
    Any ideas for next ride, please contact me.

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