Bicester Eco-Business Centre awarded BREEAM rating of Outstanding at design stage
We are pleased to announce that this £3m zero carbon Passivhaus office development which our sustainability team were appointed as BREEAM Consultants on, has been awarded a BREEAM certificate with the rating of Outstanding at design stage. Developed by Cherwell District Council (supported by European regional Development Funding) the 1,400sqm three-story building comprises a mix of co-working space and serviced offices accommodating up to 125 people.
Designed to be distinctive, eco-friendly and sustainable the building was built using a fabric first approach and is well insulated to reduce heat loss in the winter, with a combination of natural ventilation and full external shading to moderate solar gains. Connected to the district energy centre the building harnesses waste heat from electrical generation exported to the grid. Rooftop solar panels off-set all carbon emissions creating a truly zero-carbon building.
Sited within UK’s first eco-town development occupants will be encouraged to travel to work in a sustainable way, either on foot, by bike or public transport. Regular buses connect the Eco Business Centre with the local train station and cycle routes also connect with existing networks into town. Plenty of bicycle racks and showers are available on site.
The building is the first non- domestic building in the UK to achieve Passivhaus Plus certification, making it a true zero Carbon building. It is hoped that it will open to the first tenants later in 2019.
Women in Property South West
A couple of us at Method had the pleasure of attending the Women in Property South West winter warmer curry event last night, held at the Khyber in Swindon. It was lovely to see such a good turn out with someone even coming from Worcester! A big thanks to Thrings for sponsoring this, as well as the Khyber in Swindon for hosting. If you are interested in coming along to further events please check out Women in Property’s website.
Charity Bake Sale
On Tuesday we held our annual bake sale in a bid to raise funds for the two charities we are supporting this year, the Wiltshire air ambulance and Alzheimer’s Research. As you can see from the photograph a lot of people had been busy baking a vast array of delights.
A grand total of £72.20 was raised so well done to everyone that either took the time out to bake a cake or who bought one.
Our next event is our charity day which this year will see us helping out the National Trust at the Buscot and Colehill Estates. At this stage all we know is it will be some form of woodland management but it all depends on the weather!
If you want to make a donation to either Wiltshire air ambulance or Alzheimer’s Research you can do so by visiting out new fundraising page.
Method Fundraising page
We are pleased to announce that Method now have an official Virgin money giving page.
Our next event is a cake sale on the 29th Jan so if you are in the area come and support this, cakes will be available in the Spitefire Café in Berkeley House.
For the next two weeks we have the pleasure of hosting Arnold Johnson a student at the UTC Swindon for his work experience.
Arnold has had the opportunity to work with our three Junior CAD technicians (and ex UTC students) who started apprenticeships with us back last year and has spent his first week working in the CAD team preparing technical drawings using AutoCAD. Next week he will join the M&E team and will be asked to draw up CAD plans of a building he is familiar with, his own home. These are to include as many of the M&E services as possible. ( I think that may keep him busy!)
We asked Arnold how his first week at Method had gone.
‘Getting work experience with Method Consulting itself made me very happy as I could learn more about mechanical engineering which is an area I am really interested in. Work experience has been amazing as I have got to work on real projects which has made me feel more responsible. The colleagues I have been working with have been really helpful and have made sure I know what I am doing.’
Arnold is a credit to the UTC and has really embraced working at Method and has worked well with the team producing some great work.
We look forward to hosting further students in the coming year.
If you are interested in completing your work experience with either our engineering or sustainability team please email Becky Ross with the dates you require and why you would like to come and work for us. email: Rebecca.email@example.com
Welcome to the team
A warm welcome to Sarah Briaris who starts with us today as a Sustainability Consultant.
Merry Christmas from all of the team at Method Consulting
The team at Method Consulting would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Christmas has come early at the Method offices in Swindon. We are lucky enough to have just had the offices here refurbished and what a difference it makes. A big thanks to all who have worked on this project, I think you will all agree it looks marvelous!
Ice Skating Social Event
Alongside Christmas jumper day on the 11th December our quarterly social event took place. Thankfully no injuries ahead of our Christmas party!
An interesting article that outlines the plans for Hartham Parks new education centre. A project that Method’s Bristol Team are currently working on.
The spotlight this week is on another of our apprentices Junior CAD Technician Ethan Lee
Ethan Lee, a former UTC Swindon student, secured an apprenticeship last summer with us. Two months into his role as a Junior CAD Technician, we caught up with Ethan to see how he was getting on…
Read the full story here.
UTC Swindon Careers Fair
On Monday the 26th November we attended the careers fair at the UTC in Swindon. Other employers such as The Royal Navy, Kwik Fit and Wiltshire Police were exhibiting. There was a lot of interest in apprenticeships, as well as the goodies we had as giveaways!
Method will be in the UTC next month as well as January next year to give a construction overview presentation to years 10 and 11, and to run a few practical exercises based around BIM.
We hope to be joining their new Pipeline programme in September 2019 with a view to taking on a steady flow of apprentices year on year. Watch this space!
My apprenticeship with Method Consulting
Method are pleased to have been able to offer three UTC Swindon students an apprenticeship this year. Read about how one of them Ben Perrigo is getting on and find out why he chose to go down this route rather than continue in more conventional education. My apprenticeship with Method Consulting.
Building Good Employer Guide 2018
The 2018 Good Employer edition of Building magazine is out and we are delighted to announce that Method Consulting has been listed as one of the industry’s top employers under the “Training Initiative” section.
The latest survey concentrates on specific workplace initiatives designed to improve staff’s daily lives and looks at areas such as Connection and Communication, Well being, Training, Outreach and Inclusion, Flexible working and Methodology.
If you are interested in joining our great team and seeing these put into practice for yourself we have a number of vacancies available. Check out our career pages for more details.
Halloween Charity Day
Happy Halloween from all of the team at Method. There is lots of Halloween fun going on in the office today, with all donations going towards the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Alzheimer’s Research. Congratulations to Ronan Moona and Deepika Nambiar for winning a prize for the ‘best and most creative’, costume.
M&E Installation is now well underway at Chiltern Academy, the new £17m secondary school for Chiltern Learning Trust and Luton Borough. Due for completion in 2019 this project has presented several challenges not least its location right beneath the flightpath at Luton airport.
Further details on this project can be found here: https://www.methodllp.com/project/chiltern-academy/
Women in Property South West
On the 11th October 2018, Women in Property South West hosted a Gin tasting event at Magnums Wine in Old Town, Swindon. Sponsored by Bower and Bailey Solicitors and Method Consulting the evening was well attended and it can be safely said that the group came away having sampled a great variation of gins and armed with a bit more knowledge!
Many thanks to everyone who attended the event, with a special thanks to Brian and Sarah at Magnum Wine for delivering such a great evening.
Women in Property run various professional and social events throughout the year. Check out the Events Page so you don’t miss out.
Glenside Laundry Redevelopment, UWE
This project which Method provided sustainability, SKA and Soft Landings services for has just been completed, with the new teaching and research spaces now handed over to the students. Transforming what was the former Grade II listed laundry building into new teaching, CPD and post-graduate research spaces it will provide the University with the extra space to recruit additional students onto a number of health and social care programmes.
Malgavita Works, Southall
Work at Malgavita Works in Southall is progressing well, with construction on the larger of the four blocks now up to around the 7th storey (out of 22) . District heating pipework being is in the process of being installed too.
When completed this new build, mixed use regeneration scheme of four blocks will create commercial and retail areas and includes over 300 flats, a coffee shop, a gym and communal and public spaces. Method is acting as M&E engineer for this project and we are also undertaking SAP, SBEM, BREEAM and Computer Modelling.
Further details on this project can be found here: https://www.methodllp.com/project/malgavita-works-southall/
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Team Building Event
This years team building event took place on Friday 14th September at Swindon Rugby club. The theme was “It’s a knockout”, and we split into teams to compete in various challenges from the tv show. If we weren’t wet from the rain shower we certainly were by the time we had finished the last two activities. Luckily any serious injuries were avoided although there were a few split sides from all the laughing!
A big thanks to ACF Team Building and Events who ran the event for us.
A big welcome to our new team members
The team is growing here at Method.
We would like to welcome to the team, Ethan Lee who has joined us an Apprentice CAD Technician, Ronan Moona as Building Services Engineer and Joanne Quirin/ Sustainability Consultant.
To find out more about the team, check out the team page here.
Congratulations to Tom Willis who has completed his Masters in BIM in Design, Construction and Operations @UWEBristol!
Method takes on Tough Mudder!
On August 18th a team from Method took on a 10km Tough Mudder which was held on the Badminton Estate in Gloucester. With over 20 obstacles to beat the team completed the course in a respectable 5 hours with a few minor injuries amongst them. Whilst a great time was had by all, it can be safely said that not everyone would do it again!
Annual Sports Day and BBQ
Method’s annual ‘sports’ day and BBQ took part on Friday August the 3rd at Lydiard Park in Swindon.
The glorious weather meant it was a little too hot for some of us ,but a fun time was had by us all. There was some great teamwork going on especially when it came to starting the BBQ!
We are pleased to have welcomed a number of new people to the team over the past few months.
Jake McGhee / Building Services Engineer
Vanessa Mwenze / Sustainability Consultant
Ben Perrigo / Apprentice CAD Technician
Oliver Read / Apprentice CAD Technician
Rebecca Ross / Business Development & Marketing Coordinator
Ghena Zackhour / Sustainability Consultant
Bicester Eco-Business Centre
Good progress is being made on the zero carbon Eco-Business Centre at Bicester. Our sustainability team were appointed as BREEAM Consultants and as part of our enhanced scope we provided AP services, so it’s been great to see the project develop.
Due for completion shortly the project is aiming for Passivhaus Plus certification, BREEAM Excellent and will be zero carbon. Connected to the wider exemplar site district heating from the nearby energy centre, solar PV offsets the remaining CO2. The building already has a natural feel with plenty of timber finishes, acoustic treatment in office space and plenty of natural daylight through the atrium roof lights.
Main contractor Kier have been proactive in their approach to sustainability, with a great design now taking shape from Architype.
Women in Property CPD seminar on BREEAM New Construction 2018
On May 23rd, Women in Property South West held a CPD seminar on BREEAM New Construction 2018, the latest sustainability assessment standard for new buildings.
The event was well attended with Georgie James, Partner at Method Consulting and BREEAM assessor and AP, delivering a technical talk on the differences between the 2014 and 2018 scheme, with a focus on things to watch out for.
The Swindon and Wiltshire sub-group of Women in Property has only been running for a few years, with Natasha Fox, Partner at Method Consulting on the committee for the South West division.
With qualified assessors and APs across all areas of BREEAM New Construction Method has considerable experience in this area and would be happy to deliver a talk on this subject to anyone requiring more information.
Method Consulting Becomes WELL AP Qualified!
We are excited to announce that Method Consulting is now qualified to provide Well AP consultancy. The WELL Building Standard focuses on the health, wellbeing and comfort of the building’s occupants and assesses its design and construction in relation to this. Administered by the International WELL Building Institute, the WELL Building Standard is based on scientific and technical evidence. Although US-based, it can be applied to projects in the UK.
WELL projects must be re-certified at least every three years. Therefore, providing this service means that Method not only helps to ensure that a project incorporates occupant wellbeing into the design and construction, but can verify that the building continues to perform well, for years after it has been occupied.
Contact us for more information if you would like to know how WELL or WELL principles can be applied to your project
Three New Starters In November
Method Consulting is delighted to welcome three new starters this month, all of whom are recent graduates. Beth Turner joined our team as a Sustainability Consultant, with a BSc Honours degree in Geography. She contributes to providing BREEAM advice and assessment services. Chris Brown also joined our team as a Sustainability Consultant and has a similar role to Beth. He has a BSc Honours degree in Earth and Environmental Science.
We also welcome Halimah Ahmed to the new role of Business Development and Marketing Coordinator. She graduated with a BA (Honours) in English Literature from The University of Warwick in 2016 and has worked for a year in marketing before joining Method Consulting.
Charity Day Clear Up
Method’s annual charity day took place recently at which our staff got away from the office for a day to get physical for a good cause.
We have a charity day every year, and this time it was the turn of the Local Authority, Wiltshire Council, where we helped reopen a path that had become overgrown and had thus fallen into disuse.
The weather didn’t play ball, it rained most of the day, but a great deal was achieved by the enthusiastic young team led by this year’s Method Charity Rep, Lewis Jones.
Paul Millard, Senior Rights of Way Warden for Central Wiltshire, wrote to thank us:
“Thank you very much for organising the day, the weather was a little unkind but the guys and girls got stuck in and we had a really good fire and they managed to cut and burn a lot of material. We couldn’t have done such a good job without the help so thank you very much.”