Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC)

Client: Torbay Development Agency

Architect: AHR Architects Ltd

BREEAM: Very Good

This innovation centre puts Torbay at the centre of one of the country’s fastest-growing high-tech industries. Using a BIM process, this flagship project is not only cutting edge as a facility but also in the way it has been developed through collaborative design. EPIC will provide an important centre for research, product design and the development of new technologies in the electronics and photonics sector. We were appointed from project inception through to developed design for M&E design services and BREEAM advice and assessment services, with the target of Very Good.

Our projects benefit from our multi-disciplinary approach so that sustainability is integral to our M&E design approach, ensuring that BREEAM is part of the design and not an ‘add on’. Using BIM, the client gained an important understanding of how their project will develop, look and function through visualisations and workshops to continuously review the facility in 3D whilst the design team creates a coordinated and sustainable solution to meet the brief. Method engaged directly with the MEP contractor to accurately model system installations to reduce on-site issues. The MEP model contained detailed information regarding future proofing, enabling the Architect and Structural Engineer to make allowances in their design to accommodate these changes if pursued in the future. The design team worked to a defined BIM Execution Plan and standards.