CBG Project Parsons North features in Architects’ Journal
CBG Consultants was appointed to provide a full M&E design package RIBA stages 3-7 on the recently completed development at Parsons North, which is featured in today’s Architects’ Journal. This mixed-use development for Westminster City Council provides 60 new homes, as well as restoring and rejuvenating a neighbourhood of streets and gardens to this corner of the Edgware Road.
This project utilised BIM and CBG produced the M&E design package using Revit in line with the BIM Execution Plan.
A private co-educational school in the heart of Reading, Crosfields uses a two-storey curved structure, which protects trees on the site, creates solar shading, and utilises cross-laminated timber to substantially reduce embodied carbon.
CBG Consultants were engaged to design an energy-efficient Senior School Building, that includes a Café, Performance Space, Teaching classrooms, Library, Welfare Hub, and Academic resources.
In collaboration with David Miller Architects, CBG provided the M&E, Lighting, Building physics, BIM aspects and RIBA Stage 4C Design Information. Sustainable solutions included a brise soleil façade to help reduce overheating during the summer months and 47m² of photovoltaic panes on the roof to generate electricity.
In2science UK CBG Workshop – starting a career in STEM
We are working in partnership with the charity In2science UK. Due to poverty and social background being huge obstacles for young people to obtain a career within the STEM industry, the charity sets out to help overcome these barriers. Working with industry professionals, In2science UK provides young people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to gain practical insight, knowledge, and confidence. Students work alongside and attend workshops hosted by industry professionals.
We have set up a workshop and present to a group of 16-18 year old students who are interested in starting a career within STEM.
The structure we lay out for our In2science UK workshops are as follows:
Discussion of the presenter’s career path to highlight to the students the variable nature of career development and to reassure them that even when things don’t go to plan, you can still achieve positive experiences and ultimately have a successful career in STEM.
Reassure students that it is okay to not know exactly what they want to do at their stage of their life. The suggestion is to try out different STEM subjects through online learning and work placements to see where their interest lies.
Explain why engineering was chosen as a career path for the presenter. What qualifications and memberships are needed to get into engineering.
What it means to be a building services engineer, what types of disciplines are covered and the types of challenges/problems we try to resolve.
Explain about the company and building services consultancy. The type of tasks the students can expect during the working day.
What technologies and software we use to aid within our work and building services engineering.
Key questions we get asked from students are:
“What piece of advice would you give someone our age to help start a career in engineering?”
Try to attend a summer vocational placement to make contacts and understand whether you enjoy the industry. Microsoft Excel is a very useful tool for calculations and efficiently analysing data, so we recommend that students obtain a good knowledge on its abilities.
“Can you advise of any free online tuition that could help get into STEM and help us understand which area we would like to pursue?”
The Khan Academy has numerous free online tutorials on various STEM subjects.
“What do you think is the biggest challenge in the building services sector right now?”
New regulations (June 2022) have just been put into place and as a company, we are trying to learn how they will affect our future designs. In 2025 the ‘Future Homes Standard’ will be released, and this will change how we design domestic buildings.
The feedback that we have received from attendees after our workshops:
“It was very informative based around engineering careers, so I now know much more than before, and questions were answered well.”
“Insightful on a career that I thought of doing but didn’t know 100% what it was about.”
“It was interesting to get to hear from different people about their journey into their respective careers and jobs.”
For information on how you can volunteer for In2scienceUK and inspire a young person into STEM click here
Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day! #INWED 2022
Whilst a massive increase from the 10.5% recorded in 2010, there is still room for improvement. As an IIP company, we are keen to diversify our workforce, and ensure more women are represented in engineering roles.
Studies have shown that men tend to over-estimate their abilities, while women tend to be more risk-averse, often under-estimating their abilities. This is a key factor to consider when looking at the career profiles of males versus females in typically male-dominated fields. It suggests that a good mix of the two approaches – confidence and caution – are critical to ensuring that projects are carried out safely and effectively.
One of our Electrical Engineers went from a Graduate to a Senior in just over five years. In a predominately male industry, this is particularly impressive for a female engineer.
This particular engineer has always found the logical side of the industry appealing, following in the footsteps of her father. However, the creative side of things also appealed, which led to her narrowing down her focus to Lighting as she progressed.
“More men than women seem to be interested in engineering,” she says, “and I think women in general are more focused on the creative side of things. Perhaps they miss the fact that there is creativity involved in engineering too.”
When asked what kind of advice she would give to a woman wishing to enter the field but feeling apprehensive to do so, our engineer said “just try not to feel different. It will take time, but just quietly prove yourself, over weeks and months. It will happen.”
In the mean time, any women seeking to join CBG Consultants in any Engineering role can expect personalized mentorship from Senior Engineers and a range of company activities and rewards. We actively encourage more women to apply by offering various benefits, and maintaining our IIP Silver status.
Crosfield School shortlisted for Project of the Year for both the Constructing Excellence Awards and the Construction News Awards!
We are pleased to announce that one of our projects – Crosfield School – has been nominated for:
Constructing Excellence Awards (Category: Project of the Year)
Construction News Awards (Category: Project of the Year)
CBG Consultants were engaged by the school to design an energy efficient Senior School Building that
includes a Café, Performance Space, Teaching classrooms, Library, Welfare Hub, Academic resources as
well as providing a welcoming main entrance hub for the School. The building is set to provide spaces for
elder students who are developing their learning for their GCSEs.
Working with David Miller Architects we provided the M&E, Lighting, Building physics, BIM aspects & RIBA
Stage 4C design information for the project
CBG Consultants launch Manchester Office!
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Manchester Office!
Our Manchester Office is headed up by Umar Azeer, an Electrical Design Engineer and an Associate with over 15 years’ experience in the consultancy environment.
Our new office space is located in the heart of the city, the address is:
1 St Peter’s Square,
Please feel free to drop in for a coffee or schedule a meeting with Associate Umar Azeer.
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.
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.