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CBG Project features in Architects’ Journal

St Paul’s Cathedral School is a co-educational preparatory school for boys and girls aged 4 to 13 and a residential choir school for the boy choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The school identified a need to increase capacity and improve its facilities to its pupils. The project included building a new boarding house, which was to provide accommodation to reflect current regulations, with the desire to exceed the expectations and to secure the culturally significant English Choral tradition for future generations.

CBG Consultants was appointed to provide M&E design and sustainable consultancy services for the project. The CLT extension provided a good opportunity to reduce energy costs through high insulation and low infiltration rates inherent with the timber panel building system. The building was modelled to test overheating and the detailed design incorporated feedback from the modelling including optimising glazing selection and variable ventilation rates within the spaces to mitigate both occupancy numbers and summer overheating.

For more information about the project, please read the article on Architects’ Journal.

CBG Project Features in Architects’ Journal

CBG Consultants were appointed to provide M&E Consultancy Services on a new scheme for Dacorum Borough Council. The scheme looks to redevelop the Paradise Depot site to provide affordable housing which will consist of a new apartment block of 56 one and two-bedroom homes and the site will include cycle and scooter storage and a residents’ garden.

The homeless charity DENS currently resides at the Paradise Depot site and plans are also to include rehousing the charity into a brand new two story building.

The Paradise Depot scheme is part of the council’s target to build 350 homes by 2026.

For more information about the project, please read the article on Architects’ Journal.


CBG Consultants are back on site!

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

We are proud to announce that The Stokes Centre for Urology has won the RICS South East Social Impact Awards 2020 in the categories of Healthcare and Project of the Year.

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.

Image courtesy of ADP


International Women in Engineering Day 2020

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.”

#INWED20   #ShapeTheWorld




Award Winning Project – Fordham Abbey Dojima Sake Brewery

We are proud to announce that Fordham Abbey Dojima Sake Brewery has won the RICS East Social Impact Awards 2020 in the Leisure category.

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

We are proud to announce that Dorothy Goodman Special Needs School has won the RICS East Midlands Social Impact Awards 2020 in the categories of Education and Project of the Year.

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 Stoke Centre for Urology at The Royal Surrey County Hospital was Highly Commended at the Building Better Healthcare Awards.

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.

Photo – ADP


Award Winning Project – Dorothy Goodman Special Needs School

Dorothy Goodman Special Needs School project won the ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2019 for the category Large Non-Residential Scheme of the Year.

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.