2012 (Our First Year in Summary!!)
County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service
We are currently working with County Durham & Darlington Fire Rescue Service as part of their estates improvement programme. This includes the relocation of the headquarters from Framwellgate Moor to Belmont in Durham, two day crew buildings, two fire stations and a state of the art training facility.
The construction of three new teaching spaces, seminar room and refurbished dining facilities and gymnasium has recently been handed over to the client. The project, which has been undertaken operating around a busy school, shows how close relationships and good communication between design and construction teams can achieve project budgets, timescales and quality.
CIBSE Steering Group
Mind the Gap!! Philip was selected against stiff competition from many other designers across the UK. His appointment called upon him to attend steering group meetings, review draft documentation and provide input based on his own experience of sustainable design and energy efficient buildings. The book is due to be published later this year and is likely to be the go to publication for all those involved in building services design.
Part L Research
Working for a national retail giant could be considered daunting, given our size, but we have risen to this challenge and undertaken research into Building Regulations Part L compliance. Phase 1 has now been completed and focussed on two sample buildings being assessed by three different modelling teams to assess primarily compliance but also how close we could all get to each other. Phase 2 will focus on testing various low energy and renewable strategies against future Building Regulation changes and striving for the holy grail of "zero" carbon!
The Grimsby Institute
The Grimsby Institute are continuing to expand and improve their facilities in the town We are working with Ryder to deliver this high tech, BREEAM Excellent building. Not only does it include a massive photovoltaic array and highly efficient air source heat pumps but it also looks pretty cool too!!
Snakes and Ladders, Syon Park
The Northumberland Estates asked for our assistance in the design of a new indoor play facility at the Duke's southern residence, Syon Park. Aside from the fantastic surroundings, the building benefits from a whopping 180m2 photovoltaic array on the roof and a very clever natural ventilation solution.
We have been working with a local architectural practice, providing specialist daylight and thermal modelling services. The research has been focussed on the recently released priority build schools programme and used the new performance metrics for assessment of daylight and overheating.