A Year In Review...
At a time when everyone takes a summer break it’s probably a good time to reflect on what we’ve completed in the past year and having reviewed all of our work it turns out that we’ve worked for some great companies.
This time last year we were completing our work for Acres Architecture and the Miners Welfare Club in Shirebrook. This project saw us provide the detailed M&E design of 7 apartments to be built above the existing club in a timber frame. The project also included the production of SAP calculations to meet Building Regulations and liaison with local utilities providers.
At the same time we were completing As-Built Drawings for Masternak in Knightsbridge, London and detailed ventilation designs for J Tomlinson for a three storey office block that holds 600 people.
In the run up to Christmas last year the work kept increasing with designs being completed in the retail sector for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein shops across the UK. This included water and ventilations designs for shopping malls and high street outlets. Concurrently we provided detailed designs for a 900-bed student accommodation block in Coventry which had an estimated build cost of £50m.
Also, around Christmas time we provided CP Walker & Sons (through Rayner-Davies Architects) with the full M&E design of a shop and four flats on University Boulevard in Nottingham. At the same time, we provided on-site support to Earl and Pelham Property who were converting an office block to 10 apartments, following a design we had completed the previous year.
In a switch to the heritage sector at the start of 2018 we supported Lathams Architects with the design of all the M&E services for the refurbishment of a church in rural Derbyshire, which is now going through approval with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
On a more practical aspect we completed monitoring of electrical loads at the City of Leicester College enabling the development of designs for a large classroom extension at the college. We also completed heat metering of the main plant room at Leeds Trinity University prior to completing an outline design for the replacement of two 1 Mega Watt boilers. This project is now continuing with BEM Services providing technical support during the installation phase.
Early in the new year we were approached by Elvaston Cricket Club to assist with their proposed reception hall extension which had no gas supply so relied entirely on a single electrical supply. Following this, as the winter weather receded we were happy to assist Stanton Developments with their Arms Gate development of five large houses which required SAP Calculations, ventilation calculations and an external lighting design. We continue to work with them on their next project, a block of 12 flats in Derby.
As the summer started to pick up as did our order book. Firstly, we were contracted to support Allan Joyce Architects on a large Vehicle Workshop for the Ministry of Defence in Lincoln, which will see us produce a concept design and take it all the way through construction and on to commissioning and completion. This was quickly followed by the signing of contracts with Spie, who are a large facilities management provider working with clients across the UK. In particular we are providing designs for projects over £50k to a large international aerospace manufacturer at sites stretching from Bristol to Derby.
Smaller projects completed in the past 12 months include; shops and apartments for Thinking Buildings in Ripley, a review of electrical works completed at East Midlands Airport and a three-storey office extension design for Peart-Bradley Architects in West Bridgford.