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Bristol Projects Making the News
A couple of projects the Bristol team has been working on have made the news recently. Unity Street, for which the team has providing M&E engineering and sustainability input for planning, and HP Labs, for which the team provided early inputs following the assessment of the Cat A fitout service provision.
Another Bristol project, the Glenside Laundry (https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/ourstory/campusdevelopments/glensidelaundry.aspx) redevelopment at UWE has been shortlisted for the RICS Awards , South West which are to be held on the 22nd May at the Bristol Marriott Hotel. This project wasn’t without its challenges but it has been rewarding to see the end product in use. Congratulations to all of the team involved and good luck on May 22nd!
Leighton Park School
On Tuesday 26th March the Michael Malnick Centre (MMC) for Music and Media at Leighton Park School was officially opened. Providing the school with valuable additional teaching space and recording facilities, this £3m extension is a project that the team at Method has been involved with since pre-planning. Services provided by Method included full M&E engineering design (in BIM) and BREEAM advice and assessment services. Photos from the event can be found here.
A couple of projects that Method has worked on have been shortlisted for regional RIBA awards.
Whitehall Museum in Surrey, designed by Curl la Tourelle + Head is shortlisted in the London region. One of 83 projects shortlisted in this region, the Whitehall Museum has undergone a sensitive renovation and extension, with improvements made to the building’s energy efficiency. You can read about our involvement in the project here .
The Van Hasselt Centre at Cranleigh School is shortlisted in the South East region. Designed by Allies and Morrison architects, the existing brick squash courts building has been re-purposed and integrated into the new teaching building which provides 24 classrooms, offices, a library, a café and a flexible performance space with bleacher seating.
We wish both Curl la Tourelle + Head and Allies and Morrison the best of luck! Winners for both will be announced towards the end of May.
Method had the pleasure of being invited by the Environmental Society at Bath University to give a talk at their Sustainability event held on March 14th. A big thank you Tom Kelly for attending this and for taking time out to talk about his role as a Building Physics Engineer at Method. Other presenters included Hewitt Studios, Bulb, The Centre for Sustainable Energy, Green Planet Ventures and the Environmental Justice Foundation.
In addition to attending the recent careers fair at the UTC Swindon, we have recently been able to offer work experience placements to two of their students. Having been given the opportunity to work with our CAD team preparing technical drawings using AutoCAD they afterwards commented on how much they had enjoyed being given the opportunity to utilise some of the skills gained at the UTC and to work on some real life projects. You can read about how one of the students Arnold got on here.
January- The bakers were out in force baking for our cake sale.
February – Was a Guess the Photo Competition.
March – We were collecting for the Trussell Trust Foodbank in Witney.
Charity Day 2019
Friday the 22nd March was Method’s annual charity day and the team spent the day with the National Trust at the Buscot and Coleshill Estate, clearing and planting trees. Thankfully the weather wasn’t too bad and they were smiling for the photos at least. Good work everyone! Further pictures can be found ** here
A big welcome to the new members of our team
- Sarah Briaris who has joined our Swindon office as a Sustainability Consultant
- Andrew Cox who has joined the Bristol office as a Junior CAD Technician
- Muhammad Hussin who has joined the Bristol Office as Senior Building Services Engineer
We are pleased to announce that Method now have an official Virgin money giving page. ** https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/MethodConsulting
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Imperial Hotel, London
Design work has begun on the refurbishment and extension of this large, 4-star, 300 bedroom hotel in central London. This 1960s-built, 4-star hotel in Russell Square requires a phased refurbishment of the entire building with a new-build extension. The project includes the creation of new kitchens, a restaurant and sky bar on the roof of the 10-storey building, which offers spectacular views over London. All 300 bedrooms, which are currently uncooled, are being fully refurbished with new air-conditioning throughout. The main hotel infrastructure (which also serves the adjacent President Hotel) is all being renewed, including the sub-station, water services and heating system.
The hotel will remain open throughout the works with careful phasing to ensure a revenue stream is maintained throughout. Method Consulting is acting as M&E Engineers with an additional BREEAM assessment service. Our involvement also includes thermal modelling. The work is expected to be completed by September 2020.
Project Update – Bicester Eco-Business Centre
Following the article in our last newsletter, we are pleased to announce that this project, which was aiming for BREEAM Excellent actually achieved OUTSTANDING at design stage. Passivhaus certification is due to take place after Christmas with the final site visit now having been completed.
New Project – Felsted School
Method Consulting has been appointed M&E consultants on an exciting new project at Felsted School in Essex. The scheme involves the creation of a 2 storey classroom block housing 10 large classroom spaces, a number of breakout and collaborative spaces, a teachers’ workroom & ancillary facilities. It is anticipated construction will begin summer 2019.
Social Events – Ice Skating
Alongside Christmas jumper day on the 11th of December, our quarterly social event took place, ice skating!
Children In Need 2018
Well done to all the team here at Method.
A grand total of
was raised from our wear your PJs to work day.
2018 Good Employer Guide
We are delighted to announce that Method Consulting has been listed as one of the industry’s top employers under the “Training Initiative” section.
Christmas Jumper Day
Our annual Christmas jumper day took place on the 11th December with a grand total of
being raised for charity.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from everyone at Method Consulting
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East Northamptonshire Enterprise Centre
Building on our experience across several enterprise and innovation centres we are delighted to have been selected to join the design team working on the East Northamptonshire Enterprise Centre (ENEC) project. The new centre will provide accommodation for up to 90 start-up local businesses and will include both offices and workshops.
** Bicester Eco-Business Centre
Due for completion shortly this 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.
** St Luke’s Hospice
Following on from our work at Thames Hospice in Windsor, we are looking forward to expanding our hospice experience with this new project.
St Luke’s is a well established hospice and this new premises will allow them to expand their in-patient and out-patient services.
The new hospice will have 28 inpatient beds in individual en-suite rooms and a new Day Centre. The new building has a strong focus on low energy design and will have a PV array to meet the local authority requirement for 10% of energy from renewable sources.
** Sports and Social Updates
As well as regular extra curricular activities being offered across all the offices, we like to hold social and sports events once a quarter.
The last social event took place at Swindon FootGolf, with the sports event being held at Cotswold Canoe Hire . Our annual sports day and BBQ also took place on Friday August 4th and more recently we held our annual team building event at Swindon Rugby Club which took the theme of, ‘It’s a knock out’. You can’t say we aren’t an active bunch at Method!
A big welcome to the below new team members
Ethan Lee / Apprentice CAD Technician, Jake McGhee / Building Services Engineer, Ben Perrigo / Apprentice CAD Technician, Oliver Read / Apprentice CAD Technician, Ronan Moona/ Building Services Engineer, Rebecca Ross / Business Development & Marketing Coordinator, Riccardo Shirres/ Building Services Engineer, Joanne Quirin/ Sustainability Consultant, Ghena Zakhour / Sustainability Consultant.
New Brand, New Office for new-look Method Consulting.
** New Brand – New Office
Our re-brand was launched this month and everything, from our website to our business cards, now carries our new logo and our new corporate colour scheme. We feel that the style reflects Method Consulting’s outgoing personality and we’re happy that our modern logo’s clean and simple lines better reflects our image.
The new website isn’t just a matter of a change of style; it is much more mobile and tablet friendly and will give you quick access to useful information and resources.
** New Office
As part of our continued growth we have recently opened a new office in Bristol, run by Senior Associate, Matt Smith. Bristol is a strategic growth area for Method Consulting and we recognise that to give the area the best service, Matt and his team of engineers need to be on the spot.
We are located In Old Market Street, within walking distance of most areas of the city centre and we have already seen an increase in Bristol-based projects in the last few months.
** BREEAM New Construction 2018 is here
BREEAM 2018 was launched on 7 March and brings many changes. A few examples are…big changes for materials… new exemplary credit when lighting is manually dimmed by occupants down to 20% of the maximum… new credit when a compliant risk based security rating scheme has been used… new BREEAM Advisory Professional role replaces the Sustainability Champion… buildings are rewarded where more than 100% of CO from energy use is offset by on-site or near-site LZC sources… and there’s much more. New projects can no longer be registered under BREEAM 2014.
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. Part of the aim of WELL Is to help improve things like employee productivity, engagement and retention and there are also synergies between WELL and BREEAM.
£55m Malgavita Works in Southall is progressing well on site… we have just added a large new 200 unit residential/retail building for the same client nearby… we now have 6 live ESFA academy projects and have started our first under the new 2017 framework… just started our fourth project in our Aston University framework…