M&E Installation is now well underway at Chilton 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 to Luton airport which has made noise a big issue.
In order to address this Method has conducted extensive modelling with building physics advice and developed a mechanical ventilation solution which means windows can be kept closed without the building requiring mechanical cooling, other than in IT-intensive spaces.
Full BIM Level 2 was a requirement of the project and we developed our design using REVIT MEP to provide a fully coordinated 3D model prior to construction.
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.”