News & Events

The latest news and information from Method Consulting

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

In the Spotlight image_Andew Cox

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

In the Spotlight Ghena Zakhour

The Spotlight is on…

March 2019

This week the spotlight is on Ghena Zakhour. Find out what drew her to Method originally, if she is messy or organised and what her official office nickname is!

Method Consulting presents…. Ghena Zakhour

In the spotlight- Eleanor Hoy

The Spotlight is on…

March 2019

This week the spotlight is on Eleanor Hoey. Find out more about her role at Method, her favourite sports and what she wanted to be growing up!

Method Consulting Presents…Eleanor Hoey

 

Food bank collection

Trussell Trust Foodbank

February 2019

We are currently collecting for the Trussell Trust Foodbank in Witney. Witney and West Oxfordshire Food Bank provides emergency food parcels to people who are experiencing an unexpected crisis situation. The programme is entirely volunteer led and relies on donations from the public.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, we have delivered the first collection of food to them this week.

Further details on the Trussell Trust can be found here: https://witney.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

In the spotlight- Dan Stretton

The Spotlight is on…

February 2019

Each week we will be turning the spotlight on one of the team here at Method.

This week we put a few questions to Dan Stretton. Hear what he has to say about Method, what advice he has to give to prospective new candidates and find out a few fun facts about him!

Method Consulting presents Dan Stretton

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UTC Swindon student commended at Duke of York Awards for Technical Education

February 2019

On the 30th January 2019, our Junior CAD Technician Ben Perrigo visited St James’ Palace in London to receive his Duke of York Award for Technical Education. The full story can be found on the UTC Swindon website. Congratulations Ben!

 

 

Bicster Eco Centre Outside

Bicester Eco-Business Centre awarded BREEAM rating of Outstanding at design stage

February 2019

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

Women in Property South West

February 2019

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 cake sale

Charity Bake Sale

February 2019

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 charity page

Method Fundraising page

January 2019

We are pleased to announce that Method now have an official Virgin money giving page.

 https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/MethodConsulting

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.

Work Experience

Work Experience

January 2019

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.ross@methodllp.com

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the team

Welcome to the team

January 2019

A warm welcome to Sarah Briaris who starts with us today as a Sustainability Consultant.