As we begin to see lockdown restrictions start to ease across the country, at CBG Consultants we have gradually started to return to site. All of our engineers have received additional PPE and health & safety guidelines to maintain social distancing.
Pictured is a great example of how we are embracing the ‘new’ normal, a site meeting set up in the beautiful grounds of a private residential property in Wiltshire (we wish that all of our site visits were like this!).
More Awards for The Stokes Centre for Urology, Royal Surrey County Hospital
Working closely with K2 Consultancy Limited, CBG were appointed as M&E consultants for the project to prepare M&E performance design, thermal modelling and Part compliance services and to carry on client side providing technical advice and checking of contractor design.
International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) now in its seventh year, was launched to celebrate women in engineering around the world. To raise awareness of INWED we asked our women engineers to share their stories in relation to this year’s theme of ‘Shape The World’.
Maria Hurtado, Electrical Engineer
“When I first realised the impact that our day-to-day life can have on our environment, I wondered how this was being solved and whether I could be part of the solution. Why couldn’t I? After 4 years at university and over 3 years of experience within the building services field, I am only at the beginning of my career but I can say that I am making my own small contribution towards a better world. Fortunately, most projects nowadays are focused on reducing their carbon footprint due to an increased environmental awareness, and I can be part of them as an engineer. As a quick example, I have participated in the electrical design of a new boathouse at Shiplake College, a sustainable BREEAM certified building, that was recently completed.”
Lindsey Arnott, Senior Sustainability Engineer
“I grew up in a house built in 1970. It was an unusual design with a large surface area to volume ratio. As such it was really hard to keep warm. Not wanting to waste energy we developed a daily ‘radiator routine’ of adjusting the TRVs: before you go to bed you turn down the living room radiators and turn up the kitchen one ready for the morning. Before you go to work/school, turn down kitchen and turn up the living room. And at some point in the evening remember to turn up the bedroom radiators. But good design for energy efficiency and comfort should be nearly invisible. It shouldn’t have to rely on the behaviour of occupants. After experiencing poor design and learning about the causes and consequences of climate change, I wanted a career where I can help shape the world. As a Sustainability Engineer I get to be part of a team designing low carbon buildings, creating healthy environments in schools and workspaces, and making homes comfortable and efficient to run. I love my job and get a lot of satisfaction from seeing the impact I can have.”
Anna Szot, Lighting Designer
“My passion for design started from a very early age. My interest in design was spread over many disciplines from spatial and interior design to product design. I was interested how our natural surroundings and built environment influence our life. However, my journey with lighting begun later when I have joined CBG and realised that light is a single unifying force that can bring everything together. I have been fascinated by the power of light to transform a space; enhance the way we perceive architecture and world around. This realisation had put me on the lighting design path.
By using LED tunable technology and modern lighting controlling solution we can create emotions and interactions with the world that can make difference to the way we live. Electrical power consumption for lighting is one of the largest sources of building energy consumption therefore Daylighting is a cornerstone strategy aiming at reducing a building’s energy consumption. Daylight responsive dimming significantly reduces lighting energy use. Well design lighting is very important as Light creates not only a visual interest and specific spatial atmosphere; it also has biological and psychological effects that can impact our health and wellbeing. It is all about balance and harmony. Balance of light & shadow, to create harmony and well-being in all aspects of everyday life.
I am hugely encouraged by the growth of the number of women that are nowadays more and more involved in the lighting industry.”
Award Winning Project – Fordham Abbey Dojima Sake Brewery
The Dojima Sake Brewery has been brought to the UK within the historic grounds of Fordham Abbey in Ely Cambridge. Working closely with architects SCABAL and Kay Pilsbury Thomas, CBG were appointed as M&E consultants for the project which included the building environmental design, process and production services and the major infrastructure upgrades to the site.
More Awards for Dorothy Goodman Special Needs School
Working with Grayling Thomas Architects this award winning project has created a sensitive, purposeful and stimulating learning environment which meets the needs of pupils, from 11-16 years, with a whole spectrum of learning difficulties.
Award Winning Project -Stoke Centre for Urology, The Royal Surrey County Hospital
The project was a collaboration between ‘The Prostate Project’ charity and the NHS to create a sector-leading new-build facility for treating prostate cancer patients.
The new building, named the Stokes Centre of Urology in honour of Colin Stokes, features a cutting-edge theatre for brachytherapy, which uses tiny radioactive seeds to treat prostate cancer. It also includes ultramodern consulting and treatment rooms, as well as a small laboratory for research.
Working with Grayling Thomas Architects, the new award winning building features nine classroom spaces, a studio hall, sensory and multi sensory spaces, main hall, music therapy, a sensory courtyard and outdoor amphitheatre. The building design has created a sensitive, purposeful and stimulating learning environment which meets the needs of pupils, from 11-16 years, with a whole spectrum of learning difficulties.
London School of Economics
Central London refurbishment continues to make up a significant part of our workload.
This latest example shows a crane lift for the London School of Economics on Saturday 16th November. Congratulations to Logan Construction for delivering the new AHU as part of a fully SKA compliant upgrade to teaching and office spaces.
Completion of the Horizon Technology Park
CBG Consultants had the pleasure in attending a special event on Friday to mark the completion of the Horizon Technology Park, Eynsham. The project was driven by Polar Technology Management Group who specialise in providing advanced engineering technologies based around composite materials and metallic fabrication.
CBG undertook the design of the M&E package and provided construction support throughout the construction of this high-tech production facility and state of the art office suite in Oxfordshire. The building had to meet the stringent needs of the specialist manufacturing machinery and equipment whilst still allowing for future flexibility to enable our client to stay at the forefront of their industry.
Photo provided by Polar Technology Management Group
Opening of St George’s School Swimming Pool, Ascot
On Friday we were delighted to join the opening party at St George’s School Swimming Pool, Ascot.
Cutting the ribbon was Kirsty Gallagher, Old Georgian, Broadcaster and Journalist for what was a wonderful event bathed in sunshine.
The pool complex was completed in a little over a year and provides a wonderful pool hall for the school. CBG undertook the M&E Design, BREEAM and Sustainability services including overheating and glazing treatment advice.