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The latest news and information from Method Consulting

UK Building Services Engineers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency

We are really pleased to have joined the growing list of 76 companies who have joined the UK Building Services Engineers Declaration of a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.

Supported by the Happold Foundation, the Building Services Engineers Declare urges the UK government to introduce measures to tackle the global “climate emergency” and unites the Building Services sector in working together in order to try and meet the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries.

As building services engineers it is important to work alongside other engineers, consultants and architects to help reduce the impact of buildings on the environment and aim to combat climate change as a whole. We would urge all UK Building Services Engineers to sign up to the commitment.

Find out more here

Bath University

University of Bath Environmental Careers Evening

March 2020

On Thursday the 12th March, Kimberley Mason had the pleasure of being invited along to give a presentation at the University of Bath’s environmental society careers evening.

Kimberley talked about her journey through her studies, how she came to focus her careers on sustainable building design and briefly gave an overview of Method and the services we provide.

 

 

The students were keen to hear about what Kimberley does on a day to day basis so she also spoke in more detail about what she does as a building physics engineer, from daylight analyses to thermal comfort compliance, through to low energy/zero carbon building design, focusing on the importance of designing a building that benefits not only the environment but also the occupants. She then finished off the presentation by explaining how this is relevant for the future and how Building Physics Engineering is essential in meeting stringent energy performance standards.

We are always keen to support these kinds of events so if you are involved in running anything similar please do get in touch! A big thank you to the University of Bath for inviting us along to this. Other speakers included those from the University of Bath, Green Planet Ventures, Hewitt Studios and the Center for Sustainable Energy.

Congratulations

University of Portsmouth Sports Centre

March 2020

One of the projects we are working with on with Wates, the new sports centre at Portsmouth University won an award at the BREEAM Awards earlier this month in the Public Sector Project: Design Stage category.

The new £55 million indoor sports facility at the centre of the campus will feature an eight-lane swimming pool; Sauna and steam rooms; eight court sports halls; Extensive gym with 175 fitness stations; as well as three multi-purpose studios. Currently still under construction the new facility is due to open in 2021.

 

Features include roof solar panels and internal heat recovery systems,  a biodiverse grassed roof with beehives and a system to reuse the waste pool water for toilet flushing.

Whilst we are not the assessors on this one, we are doing construction stage BREEAM AP with Wates for their onsite works.

A big congratulations to all of the team who were involved in this project.

Home quality mark

Home Quality Mark (HQM)

November 2019

Introduced in order to provide a national standard rating for new homes, the HQM is a 5-star rating system which provides information on a buildings design, construction and running costs and is suitable for all types of new homes and rentals.

An initial beta version of  The Home Quality Mark (HQM) was piloted in 2016 and has since been superseded by the current version of HQM, HQM One. This update was issued in response to feedback and now takes into account developments in Wales and Scotland. The key areas of difference to the beta version of the scheme include; an amended scoring / star rating system, a strengthening of the scheme’s quality baseline (in terms of design and construction quality) and the introduction of updated science to keep it in line with other BREEAM schemes.

Method are involved in a number of projects using both the beta and new HQM One versions, and our projects range from a small 5 dwelling apartment block, to a large-scale 400+ residential scheme in London. HQM, similarly to BREEAM 2018 requires a lot of action to be taken at RIBA Stage 2, and before planning, once those milestones are passed those credits cannot be achieved retrospectively.

Ensuring an HQM assessor is engaged early on and involving the whole project team in setting the sustainability brief, minimises the chance of those losses and helps bank all the easy wins. Like BREEAM, there are points for undertaking materials life cycle analysis (LCA), and our specialist team can carry out this modelling using eTool.

For more information please feel free to call one of our accredited professionals who will be happy to answer any questions or discuss likely fees for your project.

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The Spotlight is on…

This week the spotlight is on….Kristopher Price

Find out who he would like to be for a day and his embarrassing moment at work!

Method Consulting presents.. Kristopher Price

BIM accreditation

We are proud to announce that our business has achieved BIM Level 2 Accreditation

October 2019

Method has achieved BIM Level 2 Accreditation with Lloyds Register. This accreditation will give our clients peace of mind that they are in safe hands.

The BIM Level 2 Accreditation itself represents an independent public statement of compliance with the ISO 19650 series of standards, ISO 44001, the collaborative business relationship standard, and the Lloyds Register BIM Accreditation Guidance document which introduces another level of risk management.

BIM with all of its acronyms and standards can be daunting especially when trying to identify if a consultant is capable of delivering hat is required.
Method already has an excellent track record of delivering projects through well managed BIM processes utilising the National BIM standards, although we are proud to share this achievement.

The Spotlight is on…

October 2019

This week the spotlight is on….Oliver Siederer

Find out who he would like to be for a day and his embarrassing moment at work!

Method Consulting presents.. Oliver Siederer

 

Brisol Office celebration

Bristol office move celebration

September 2019

A big thank you to all of those who joined us at the Mud Dock last week to help us celebrate our recent move to our new larger Bristol office in Queen Square.

It was really good to see you all and we’re all really pleased you could share this milestone occasion with us. We also wanted it to be an opportunity to show our thanks to you for your continued support of Method over the past few years.

Please do drop in and see us at Queen’s Quay if you’re passing by

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Method Consulting LLP is on the shortlist for the CIBSE Young Engineers Awards – Employer of the Year

September 2019

Method are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the CIBSE Young Engineers Awards – Employer of the Year. Winners will be announced on Thursday 10 October at the IMechE in London. Wish us luck!

Work Experience

My Work Experience at Method

July 2019

Last week saw the end of our two week summer work experience programme.

We caught up with one of the students Wiktor to see how he got on.

So Wiktor which session did you find most interesting and why?

The first session on AutoCAD was the most fun as this was when I was taught how to use the Software.

What task challenged you the most? 

The second week M&E task which involved measuring my house as this took quite a long time! I had to constantly find new ways of doing this (the house was being decorated so it wasn’t the best time to do this ) and then creating an XREF from scratch was challenging.

Did you feel you had enough time to complete tasks and did you receive enough support?

Yes to both. If I got stuck I was able to ask for help to complete that task. Although I was given lots of new tasks to complete I felt I was given the right of amount for each task.

And the most important question, would you choose to work at Method?

Yes!

 

 

Work Experience

Work Experience at Method

July 2019

For the past few weeks we have had two students from the UTC with us on their work experience placement. We spoke with Ben after his first week with us to see how he had got on..

So Ben how have you enjoyed your time at Method?

I have had a great time at Method. I was shown around the office and then given a variety of tasks to complete through out the week. The tasks were challenging but I learnt a lot and any questions that I asked were answered. I had a great time all around and especially enjoyed the heating layout because it was particularly interesting and challenging.

 

We have moved

The Bristol Office has moved!

We are pleased to announce that our Bristol team have moved to a new larger office in Queen Square, Bristol. If you’re in the area feel free to drop in for a coffee and say hello!

You can now find us at 1st Floor, Queens Quay, 33-35 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4LU

Photos of the new office can be found on our Instagram page!

 

Work Experience

Work Experience at Method

July 2019

Last week we were able to offer a work experience placement to Otto Welch from John Bentley School in Calne . Work experience is something that Method fully embraces and we have in the past 12 months put together a structured work experience programme that helps students get a real feel for what working within our company would be like. We feel that work experience not only helps students gain experience and confidence but it also helps develop the supervisory and management skills of our team.

Otto spent his week with us with the CAD Team. Find out how he got on below.

So Otto how has your work experience gone?

‘The placement has been good. I have learnt a lot as the work has followed a pattern so my skills have been developed in stages. The work environment at Method is also calm and relaxed which I liked.’

What session did you find most interesting and why?

‘Monday’s session as this was where I learnt the most, I learnt how to make an XREF and a system plan which was really interesting. This was also the most challenging task.’

Would you choose to work for Method?

‘Yes!’

 

 

 

WiP Linkedin attendees

Women in Property LinkedIn Event with Greg Cooper

June 2019

On Friday the 21st June, Method were pleased to be able to sponsor the Women in Property LinkedIn event with renown expert Greg Cooper.

Hosted at Thrings there were a host of good questions and a few animated discussions as we explored the do’s and don’ts and why’s and how’s of LinkedIn.

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to Greg for joining us and for Thrings for hosting.   If you are a Swindon/Wiltshire property professional and would like to know more about this group please contact Rebecca.Ross@methodllp.com.

The next event is the a site visit to the new Swindon Town Football Community Hub hosted by Beard. This is a project that Method has been involved with and both ourselves and the architects involved in the project will be there on the day to take any  questions.

To book please visit https://www.womeninproperty.org.uk/branches/south-west/events/2019/swindon-town-football-club-pavilion-site-visit/

Ben Perrigo

My Apprenticeship nine months on…

June 2019

This week we caught up with Ben to see how he has been getting on. Ben and Oliver both came to us directly from completing their studies at the UTC Swindon. Here is what he had to say…

The last 9 months, at Method, have gone very well so far.

I have learned key skills in the last 9 months based on my roles as well as development on my course. It’s interesting to see how everything ties together to work and applying my course to work is helping me to understand the process. My CAD Skills have improved significantly during the last 9 months and it has been a challenging time in regards to self (and even group, for a short period) management in order to complete tasks.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the more social environment at the workplace, not only do the activities that are planned a good laugh but also the fact that the social aspect is generally well incorporated into Method allows for discussion and questioning to flow easily without worry and you can get to know everyone easily. It has been a tough challenge at Method with some projects taking the extra mile to power through to completion but the satisfactory feeling of completion more than makes up for the struggle.

Some advice for those thinking about apprenticeships, it’s a great way to learn role through direct experience and also not build up debts. When going into an apprenticeship, I love the quote “Victory Loves Preparation” from the movie “The Mechanic”, be prepared and ready to learn how to fit into the role. Communication is key and Questions are vital for you to get into your role well.

Oliver Read 16

My Apprenticeship nine months on…

June 2019

It has been nice months since our apprentices started at Method. We caught up with Oliver to see how he is getting on.

 

So Oliver how have you settled in?

Really well, I’ve settled into the job and am enjoying the work given to me.

Are there any new skills that you have learnt?

I have learnt all the skills required for using the Auto CAD software. My problem solving skills have improved massively whilst working at Method due to the constant need to solve simple and complex problems related to the work.

Anything you have enjoyed the most/liked the least?

I have enjoyed the working environment at Method, everyone here is very friendly and willing to answer and questions you have about the work. There hasn’t really been anything that I have disliked whilst working here.

What would your words of advice be for anyone thinking of an apprenticeship?

I would recommend Method to anyone who is looking to get an apprenticeship into the building services industry. You will be able to work in a relaxed environment where you will learn lots of new knowledge and skills that will help you complete the work.

In the Spotlight image_Becky Ross

The Spotlight is on…

May 2019

This week the spotlight is on…Becky Ross. Find out what her personal motto is and if given a chance, who would she would like to be for a day?

Method Consulting presents.. Becky Ross

 

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The Spotlight is on…

April 2019

This week the spotlight is on…Jenny Thompson. Find out what book she read last and what was the worst thing she did as a child.

Method Consulting presents.. Jenny Thompson

Charities 2019

Charities of the Year 2019-2020

The result of the vote is in and we are pleased to announce that our charities for the year will be the Prospect Hospice and the British Heart Foundation. We will also be continuing to collect food for the Trussell Trust.

You can keep up to date with our charity activities Virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/MethodConsulting

In the Spotlight image_Paul Norris

The Spotlight is on…

April 2019

This week the spotlight is on…Paul Norris. Find out what his role at Method is, and who his famous Cousin is!

Method Consulting presents.. Paul Norris

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations to Emily McKinlay, our office assistant who has just passed her Level 2 apprenticeship in Business Administration. Well done Emily.

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The Spotlight is on…

April 2019

This week the spotlight is on…Andrew Cox. Find out what is his favourite part about working for Method and what advice he has for prospective candidates.

Method Consulting presents…..Andrew Cox

In the Spotlight image_Rob Moore

The Spotlight is on…

April 2019

This week the spotlight is on…Rob Moore.  Find out what a typical day looks like for him, and what his biggest pet peeve is..

Method Consulting presents…..Rob Moore

In the Spotlight image_Ben Perrigo

The Spotlight is on…

April 2019

This week the spotlight is on Ben Perrigo. Find out what he enjoys most about working for Method, and that super ability he wishes he had….

Method Consulting Presents….Ben Perrigo.

Welcome to the team

Our Bristol Team is Expanding….

April 2019

It has been a busy few months for the Bristol team. In February we welcomed Andrew Cox to the team,  Andrew had just completed his BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering at Exeter College and joined as a Junior CAD Technician. This week we welcomed Muhammad Hussin, who has joined as a Senior Building Services Engineer.

Their profiles will be added to the team pages shortly but welcome to the team!

 

 

 

In the Spotlight Ethan Lee

The Spotlight is on…

March 2019

This week the spotlight is on Ethan Lee. Find out what super ability he wishes he had and if Hollywood made a movie about his life who he would like to play him.

Method Consulting Presents…Ethan Lee

 

Charity day 2019

Charity Day 2019

March 2019

Friday was Method’s annual charity day and the team spent the day with the National Trust at the Buscot and Colehill Estate, clearing and planting trees.

Thankfully the weather held for them and they managed to smile for the photos!

In the spotlight- Emily

The Spotlight is on…

March 2019

This week the spotlight is on Emily McKinlay. Find out what she wanted to be when growing up, what TV show she is ashamed to admit she loves, and what a typical day looks like for her at work.

Method Consulting presents…. Emily McKinlay