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Two New Starters At Method

Method extends a warm welcome to two new starters this week. Mark Harland has joined our building physics team as a Building Physics Engineer. This is Mark’s first job since leaving the University of Nottingham this summer with an MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.

Jenny Thompson also joined our engineering team as a Building Services Engineer. She has an MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering with German from Cardiff University.

Both are recent graduates and we’re always interested in recent and experienced STEM graduates looking for a career in consultancy in engineering and sustainability. See our careers page for details.

Method is CIBSE Employer of the Year for 2016 in our category and Building Magazine has listed us in their Top 50 Employers three years’ running, so Method is a great place to start a career.

James Stark Joins Method

We’re delighted to welcome James Stark to Method, having recently joined our BIM and CAD team as a BIM Technician. James has 15 years’ experience of the industry, both on site and within an office environment.

Career Opportunities With Method

We’re seeking STEM graduates to train as mechanical and electrical engineers and experienced engineers looking to further their career at Method. We’re also looking for recent graduates interested in a career as a sustainability consultant with us. Go to our Careers page on this website to find out more.

Method Annual Sports Day And BBQ

This year’s Method annual sports day and BBQ took place on Friday, with the emphasis on fun rather than high skills. Staff worked in teams to win but no-one appeared to notice who had won and who hadn’t. Everyone at Method, with friends and family, was given the afternoon off work as a fun way let off steam and foster teamwork. The rain held off just long enough to ensure that the games were completed before the heavens opened.

A photo of Method annual sports day

Award Winning Projects

We are delighted that Alec French Architects has been awarded Bristol Civic Society’s 2017 Design Awards for Underfall Yard and Wapping Wharf in Bristol. Method has been involved in the development of both award winning projects.

We were Code Assessor, on behalf of the main contractor, for the assessment of 194, new-build apartments for Phase 1 of Wapping Wharf Bristol. We were responsible for the M&E Engineering, energy modelling, building physics and energy and sustainability statements for Underfall Yard.

The awards recognise developments in Bristol which make a positive contribution to the local environment through excellence of design and were sponsored by Savills.

Engineering Opportunity For Graduates

Engineering opportunity: We are looking to recruit recent STEM graduates seeking a career in engineering and sustainability. If you would like to find out more about we have to offer, take a look at our careers page: 

Welcome To Dan Tilley

Method extends a warm welcome to Dan Tilley who has recently joined us as a Building Services Engineer. He’s the latest addition to our growing engineering team. Dan has a BEng in Aerospace Engineering.

Benson Lai Helping Where It’s Needed Most

Method Building Services Engineer Benson Lai has returned this month from a fortnight’s volunteering for a charity, Bread & Life International, in the Philippines where he was working with the families of people in prison. He helped with installing water filtration systems, setting up sustainable agricultural projects, medical and dental clinics, and helping the local prisoners and orphans. The picture shows Benson and another volunteer being taught a children’s game by street children from the locality.

A photo of Method's Benson Lai  working in the Philippines

A Great Night At The Wiltshire Business Awards

Friday was a great night for Method at the Wiltshire Business Awards 2017. We had entered for three awards and were shortlisted for Small Business of the Year, the Outstanding Excellence award, and Customer and Staff Care. We’re delighted to report that we finished runner up for the Small Business Award! A great result and a great night. Thanks to all the sponsors and Newsquest for making it happen.

A photo of the Wiltshire Business Awards runners up award

Wiltshire Business Awards 2017

Really looking forward to the Wiltshire Business Awards 2017 dinner at Centre Parcs on Friday! We have been shortlisted for three awards: Business of the Year, Outstanding Excellence, and Customer and Staff Care. Good luck to all involved.

Welcome To Matt Smith

Method’s expanding engineering team welcomes Matt Smith, a chartered building services engineer with over 20 years in the construction industry. Matt’s experience covers a range of market sectors and geographic regions with particular strength in the design of residential buildings, commercial offices and retail-led developments.

BRE Fees News

BRE has announced that there are to be price increases for some of their services, from 1 July 2017. Not all schemes will be affected but for several, there will be increases. Home Quality Mark certification fees will now attract a volume discount, so not all BRE fees are rising.

While the increases are largely modest, registering a scheme before 1 July may bring a significant saving, so if you have any projects coming up that might require a BREEAM assessment and you want to find out if there’s a benefit in registering early, contact us and we can help.

We are qualified and experienced in a wide range of sustainability assessment methods:

  • BREEAM Education
  • BREEAM Higher Education
  • BREEAM Offices
  • BREEAM Retail
  • BREEAM Industrial
  • BREEAM Healthcare
  • BREEAM Other Buildings (such as hotels, cinemas and leisure centres)
  • BREEAM Bespoke
  • BREEAM Communities
  • BREEAM Multi-Residential (such as student accommodation and care homes)
  • BREEAM International
  • BREEAM In-Use
  • Code for Sustainable Homes
  • Home Quality Mark (HQM)
  • BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out
  • BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment
  • SKA Rating Tool (refurbishment)
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE)
  • Passivhaus

Please feel free to call or email one of our expert sustainability team who will be happy to answer any questions or discuss likely fees for your project.

Welcome To Ruben Vivancos

We welcome Ruben Vivancos, our latest recruit to the growing team at Method. Ruben is our newest BIM Technician and produces CAD drawings, planning, and 3D modelling of Building Services. Find out more about Ruben on our Team page here: http://www.methodllp.com/team/

New Passivhaus Service

We’re very happy to report that two Method staff, Gordon Macmillan and Gerard Thacker have recently received Passivhaus accreditation.

The Passivhaus standard is the world’s leading fabric first approach to low energy buildings and it’s a new service Method is able to offer.

Bringing Warmth For The Homeless

2016’s Method Christmas e-card raised money to help the homeless at Swindon Night Shelter. With Go Outdoors’ great support we supplied 40 of their high-quality sleeping bags to the charity. They were delivered recently and went into use the same day. We want to thank everyone for their support in bringing warmth for the homeless, all year round.

If you would like to find out more about the work of this charity, go to www.swindonnightshelter.org.uk.

The photo shows Method’s Tom Willis (l) and Benson Lai (r) with charity staff.

A photo showing Method presenting sleeping bags to the Swindon Night Shelter

Welcome To Thomas Willis

Thomas Willis has joined us recently as a BIM Technician. He gained a BSc in Mathematics at Nottingham Trent University and is studying for a Master’s in BIM in Design, Construction and Operations. He is interested in using BIM to maximise the efficiency of Method projects. Tom is producing CAD and BIM models for the engineering team at Method. Welcome Tom!

In For Outstanding Excellence Award

We received the following letter today, following our shortlisting yesterday for both Wiltshire Business of the Year and the Customer & Staff Care Awards.

“I have further good news for you. Thrings have shortlisted your business for consideration in the outstanding excellence award!   This is a huge accolade as I am sure you will agree.

I will speak to you next week when I start to organise the judges schedule. In the meantime I hope you all have a great rest of the week celebrating your success.”

We’ll keep you posted.

Wiltshire Business of the Year logo

Vote For Central Square For BREEAM Awards

A Method BREEAM Outstanding project, Central Square in Leeds, has been shortlisted for this year’s BREEAM Awards. It’s a public vote, so if you’d like to vote for it, you can do so here.

Method acted as BREEAM AP to the project, providing an enhanced advice service and undertaking the design and post construction stage assessments.

More about our involvement here.

An image of Central Square Leeds

Method BREEAM Webinar On Wednesday 25th

BREEAM AP Georgie James, a Method Partner and sustainability consultant, is giving a BREEAM webinar, 10 Steps to Innovation Success on Wednesday 25th January at 12:30. We were delighted to be asked to be involved in sharing our experience of working on two BREEAM Outstanding projects, both of which achieved Innovation credits. BREEAM Outstanding projects tend to represent only the top 2% of projects in the UK, so we’re proud to share our lessons learned. Contact Georgie for further information and for webinar details, visit the BRE website at bit.ly/2kjquz7

We’re Looking For A BIM Technician

We’re actively looking to recruit a BIM Technician to join our friendly team. Find out more about this exciting opportunity here.

It’s your opportunity to join 2016’s CIBSE Employer of the Year.

Big Residential Win

We’re happy to report that we’ve won a £55m housing project with Redrow Homes at Malgavita Works in Southall, London. It is a new-build, mixed-use regeneration scheme which is bringing much-needed housing and commercial opportunities to the area. Full details here.

Method is M&E engineer for the project for which we are also undertaking SAP, SBEM and Computer Modelling.

 

An illustration of Malgavita Works in Southall

We’re Recruiting Now

We’re recruiting now for both experienced engineers and recent graduates to join our engineering team.

If you seek to take your engineering career to a new level or you’re a recent graduate who thinks engineering might be the career for you, go to our Careers section to find about the exciting opportunities available at Method.

It’s your opportunity to join the consultancy that is the current holder of CIBSE Employer of the Year in our business category.

The CIBSE award logo

Christmas Fundraising For Swindon Night Shelter

This year’s Christmas Card from Method added an extra to help the homeless. For every person on our email list who replied to our Christmas Card email (below), we’re donating £1 to Swindon Night Shelter.

If you would like to find out more about the work of this charity, go to www.swindonnightshelter.org.uk.

Method Christmas card image

Our First BREEAM Infrastructure Pilot

Sustainability Consultant Emily Newell has recently become our first BREEAM assessor to become qualified in the BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot). For more information on BREEAM Infrastructure, find out here.

BREEAM has developed New Construction Infrastructure (Pilot) as a performance-based assessment method and certification scheme for new infrastructure assets. It aims to mitigate the life cycle impacts of new infrastructure assets on the environment and enhance positive social and economic impacts.

The methodology can be integrated into the design and construction process by project teams to influence key decisions in the project. It also enables the client to measure, evaluate and reflect the performance of their new infrastructure asset against best practice. The BREEAM Infrastructure Assessor and the BRE Global certification process provide independence and robustness to the assessment.

Method’s Christmas Boxes

Our 2016 Charity Organiser, Benson Lai, a Building Services Engineer at Method, organised this year’s Christmas charity event to help staff create Christmas gift boxes for underprivileged children around the world. It’s part of Operation Christmas Child, with international relief agency Samaritan’s Purse. Well done Benson, we’re very hopeful it will make the children receiving them as happy as doing it made Method’s staff.

Find out more about how the work of the charity , here.

A photo of Method Christmas boxes

Engineering Career Opportunity

If you are seeking an Engineering career in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering sector, we’re actively searching for recent STEM graduates (in science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to train as M&E Engineers at Method. It’s your chance to join the category winner for CIBSE Employer of the Year for 2016, so there’s no better place to start an interesting and rewarding career. Details here.

It’s A Method Movember

Seven Method people are growing moustaches for Movember this year and raising funds for men’s health charities. Please donate here We’ll keep you posted with photos.

They are Alfred Gilbert, Tom Gerrish, Richard Holtham, Benson Lai, Jack Millard, Ben Prescott and Dan Stretton. Well done all.

Method Award For CIBSE Employer Of The Year

We are over the moon here at Method with our award for CIBSE Employer of the Year 2016 in the small companies category.  It was a great evening at the IMechE in London and the young engineer speakers were impressive and did a great job. Congratulations to all the other winners too. Click here for more information.

Method Senior Partner, Antony Bursey (left) is shown below receiving the award.

Antony Bursey receiving the CIBSE award for Small Company Employer of the Year 2016

 

Method Welcomes Paul Mulquiney

Method extends a warm welcome our first Australian, Paul Mulquiney, who has recently joined us as a Building Services Engineer. In his 15 years as an engineer, Paul has gained valuable experience of a wide variety of projects, including education, residential, defence and healthcare and spent most of his recent years in Australia working on a £250m hospital development in Melbourne.

CIBSE Young Engineers Awards

There’s a week to go for the CIBSE Young Engineers Awards at IMechE, London for which we’re shortlisted for 2016 Employer of the Year. The evening starts at 17:30 on 13th October.

If you want to find out more, or book tickets from CIBSE, click here.

Interim BREEAM Outstanding For Central Square

Our sustainability team was delighted to receive the interim BREEAM Outstanding certificate for our Central Square project in Leeds. It was awarded a special innovation credit from BRE for a syngas CHP unit which is powered by wood fuel – the wood fuel creates a synthetic gas which replaces natural gas, resulting in a much lower carbon footprint than traditional gas CHP.

Contact (georgie NULL.james null@null methodllp NULL.com) Georgie James, BREEAM AP and assessor on the project, for further information.

On Engineering Employer Of The Year Shortlist

We have been shortlisted for the prestigious Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Employer of the Year for 2016.

CIBSE Employer of the Year is an award that recognises those companies that have done most to recruit, train and support young engineers. It has categories for small, medium and large employers, as well as an overall award.

We want to be the best, and so we have to recruit, develop and retain the best young Engineers we can,” says Antony Bursey, Method’s Senior Partner. “It means that we’re continuously looking for the brightest the universities have to offer. We’re known for looking after our employees, both by ensuring that they flourish with us and also by maintaining a ‘work hard, play hard’ ethos that makes work fun too.

Reaching the shortlist is an achievement in itself and since it was founded in 2011, Method has already been nominated for the same award and twice listed in the Building Magazine Top 50 Employer’s Guide.

The winner of the award will be announced in London on 13 October.

Great BREEAM Feedback

Thanks to Mark Palmer at Kendall Kingscott Architects for his feedback on our BREEAM input:

I was very impressed by the helpful service you provided... BREEAM can be a real time bandit for architects and I got the impression that you were pleasantly reducing that to a minimum.

Welcome Eleanor Hoey

We welcome Eleanor Hoey who has joined Method’s engineering team as a Building Services Engineer. Eleanor has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University in Uxbridge.

Method Charity Day

Method Charity Day involves giving staff a day off every year to collectively contribute to the work of a charity in the area. This year the day was given over to Swindon’s Richard Jefferies Museum which promotes the life and works of the Victorian’s writing on nature and the countryside.

Our staff volunteered to work in the Museum’s garden, tidying, cleaning, weeding and rennovating the area. The Museum reported after the day on its Facebook page:

Volunteers with excessive amounts of energy and enthusiasm today! Achieved such a lot and all with smiles. Lovely people… they were fab!”

Method staff were happy to work with such a worthwhile charity that promotes a respect for nature and sustainability, issues very close to Method’s heart.

An image of Richard Jefferies Museum Facebook  page.

Great Feedback About Fossebrook School

Feedback from Julie Muddimer, School Place Planning Officer at Leicestershire County Council for the architect (Kast Architects) and the team:

Hi Nick and the Team,

I have finally got to see the finished Fossebrook School.

It looks brilliant, from the first glimpse as you turn into Holmfield Avenue, to the view across the playing fields from the school it is so impressive. The building is light, spacious and has a real welcoming feel. I especially like the wide break out area and the floor to ceiling windows looking into the classrooms. The landscaping complements the building, and it’s great to see classrooms that have such a lovely view. I am sure the children will absolutely love it.

Many, many thanks for all the thought and hard work that has gone into creating such a fabulous school.

Welcome Tom Kelly

We welcome Tom Kelly who has joined Method today as a Building Physics Engineer. Tom is the newest member of our growing Building Physics team.

STEM Ambassadors Turning Children On To Science

Melanie Buckley, a Building Services Engineer and Sustainability Consultant at Method, and one of our STEM Ambassadors, recently spent time talking about science to Reception and Year 1 classes at Robert Le Kyng Primary School in Swindon. She then led experiments to help them apply what they had learnt.

The Reception class of five-year-olds looked at a milking parlour and used a rubber glove with pinholes for the children to ‘milk’. They looked at the effect of the size of the hole on milking speed and measured what they had collected. They then split into four groups to form chains to pass the ‘milk’ along to look at the concepts of volume and losses in transit. The children so got into the spirit of the experiment that hardly a drop was spilled.

The Year One group used a popular children’s book, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, in which a lighthouse keeper’s lunch is winched up by pulleys, as the basis of an experiment. Melanie used climbers’ carabiners to demonstrate the principles of how pulley systems work and allowed the children to evaluate how different arrangements help, to different degrees, with lifting.

I’m a strong believer that if you can get children interested in science early on, it can play a big part in giving them a positive attitude towards it through school and after. I think that it’s particularly true of young girls.” said Melanie. “I was so impressed at the way the children, girls and boys, threw themselves into it with such enthusiasm. It was fun, and very rewarding for me too.

Two of Method’s staff are STEM Ambassadors, Melanie Buckley and partner Natasha Fox.

STEM Ambassadors encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects. They also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research. STEM Ambassadors contribute to their local community and include engineers of all disciplines, as well as people from all walks of life.

Welcome Tom Walkley

Method welcomes Tom Walkley who joined our engineering team as a Building Services Engineer today. Tom has a physics degree from Swansea University, having graduated this year.

Vacancy For Environmental Engineering BIM Technician

We are seeking to recruit a graduate Environmental Engineering BIM Technician. For details see the Careers section on the website.

Method Welcomes Two New Staff

Two new members of staff started at Method this week, with Katherine Adair joining our growing Sustainability team as a Sustainability Consultant and Kristina Legg as a new administration assistant. Welcome to both.

Better Spaces For Learning RIBA Report

RIBA’s Better spaces for learning was published recently and has strong views on the EFA’s approach to building new schools. It concedes it has delivered schools on ‘incredibly tight budgets’, but concludes that the process is not delivering the value for money it could.

It outlines its view of good practice for school design and we’re happy to say that it very much echoes our own beliefs. It also takes a positive stand on POE which is a service we also offer and strongly recommend.

The evidence supports our belief that natural daylighting, natural ventilation and simple control systems are vital to a successful school project.

It’s well worth reading. Get a copy here.

A photo of the cover of RIBA's report Better Spaces For Learning

Method Co-sponsors Launch Of Women In Property In Wiltshire

Method was delighted to be a co-sponsor of the launch event of the new sub-branch of Women in Property for Wiltshire and Swindon.  40 people attended the tour of Heelis, the Feilden Clegg Bradley-designed National Trust Headquarters. The tour was followed by a networking lunch.

Women in Property aims to encourage networking and support to women in the industry at all levels

Method’s Melanie Buckley and Natasha Fox are pleased to be part of the committee for the new group.

A photo if the launch of women in property in Swindon

Method Welcomes Ross MacGregor

Method welcomes Ross MacGregor, who has just joined Method’s sustainability team as a sustainability consultant. Ross has a BSc in Physical Geography from the University of Hull.

Wapping Wharf, Bristol Nominated For Architectural Award

We were delighted to hear that Alec French Architects was nominated in 2016 West of England Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards, in the category Best Large New Housing Development for their work on Wapping Wharf in Bristol.

The news came at the same time as we heard that the development had achieved final Code for Sustainable Homes Certificates, level 3 for all apartments.

Method was appointed Code Assessor for this £26m, 194 apartment complex which required careful attention to detail in the selection of external materials to create an impressive aesthetic, whilst taking account of their life-cycle impacts.

Its carefully-considered public realm design gave opportunities for planting, and with the provision of convenient cycle storage, encouraged sustainable travel. The development also achieved Secured by Design Part 2 compliance.

An illustration of the exterior  of Wapping Wharf

Method Welcomes Alfred Gilbert

Method welcomes Alfred Gilbert, who joined us today as a Sustainability Consultant. Alfred has MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of Exeter.

Method’s Virtual Sport Relief Trip To France

Method staff are collectively walking, cycling and rowing the equivalent of from Swindon to Calais and back for Sport Relief – without leaving the office. We’ll be using exercise bikes loaned by Better Gym in Swindon so a big thank you to them. Click here to sponsor us.

Thanks to Thrifty Car Rental of Swindon too for loaning us the van we used to collect the bikes.

16 March: We can now report that we completed the challenge. We had some minor problems with the rowing machine, so we finished the day about 13 miles short for the rowing, but cycled at least 100 miles further than we needed to, so, in terms of effort, we did it! Thanks to all involved for their hard work in making it happen and a big thank you to everyone that sponsored us. A final thanks to Haydn Beer of BLB Kilminster Beer, who joined in, cycling for over 20 miles.

A image of Method's trip to France motif.

Sustainability Consultant Vacancy

We are recruiting a new Sustainability Consultant. The person we’re looking for is likely to be a technically-minded graduate in any scientific discipline, preferably, but not but not exclusively, in Geography, Environmental Science or a related subject.

If you’d like to find out more, click here.

IES IMPACT – A New Service From Method

IES IMPACT has recently been added to our suite of energy modelling services. IMPACT is a plug-in to IES Virtual Environment that greatly extends our analysis capabilities. IMPACT can be used to review project whole life cycle costing and the materials life cycle emissions. IMPACT is a BREEAM compliant lifecycle assessment tool, and it can be used to measure the environmental impact of the building.

It extracts information from a 3D/BIM model and can be linked to existing IES models (for example, ones used for Part L or thermal comfort).

There’s a large database of materials available, meaning that the cost and environmental implications of a myriad of options can be very quickly and simply considered at both concept and detailed design stages.

IMPACT is the result of a three-year project funded by the Technology Strategy Board and the methodology has been developed with the BRE, so using it enables a project to achieve up to six extra BREEAM credits for lifecycle cost and materials. This can be particularly important when higher ratings are being sought or in the case of a borderline rating.

For more information, please contact Georgie James at Method.

Great Feedback From EIC South On Cornwall Schools

Had some great feedback from Damien Iliff, Mechanical Project Manager at EIC South about our work with them on Cornwall schools:

Just thought you may like to know that we have had the first round of seasonal commissioning meetings on Mount Hawke, St Petroc’s and Treleigh Schools where the design and operation of the systems are reviewed.

I am pleased to say that no issues have been reported on any of the schools and that the end users are over the moon with their new extensions.

Another great design by your team.

Thanks from Method to Damien and EIC for being such a thoroughly professional client to work with.

EIC is a leading national building services and facilities management company and provides of facilities management, building services, fast track retail, energy and sustainability, project management and design.

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