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Supporting Macmillan’s 25th Anniversary ‘Follow the Stars’ Christmas Concert

We are delighted to support this evening’s 25th Anniversary Macmillan’s ‘Follow the Stars’ Christmas concert.

Held in the splendour of Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral where we’ve had the pleasure of working over many years. The evening will play host to some of our best-loved actors, poets and television personalities including Dame Mary Berry, Toby Jones, Tom Hollander and Gugu Mbatha-Raw along with music and carols from The Oxford Bach choir.

The concert can be viewed via live stream at 8pm this evening by following this link. Please use the concert programme if you’d like to sing-a-long at home.

Do give it a watch and donate if you can to this wonderful charity.

Merry Christmas!

Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) Ready Steady Light Event 2021

A small team of our Electrical Engineers attended the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) Ready Steady Light evening, an outdoor lighting competition hosted annually at Rose Bruford College.

Fifteen teams competed, with an allowance of just six light fittings each, plus a few colour filters and a host of cables and tape.

CBG’s allocated plot was a run of four mature trees set in parkland, which got our team thinking… should they light it at all? Given it was a lighting competition, they quickly decided that they should, but perhaps in a way that reflected increasing concerns about the impact of electric lighting on ecology.

There was to be no bathing the tree canopies with white flood lights. In fact, they didn’t want to shine much light upwards at all. Instead a soft amber light gave a wash to the lower trunk and a few selected branches of the largest oak tree. Blue light, the most harmful to fauna, projected a narrow pathway to the tree along the fallen leaves, implying this should be tightly controlled and kept at ground level only. Completing the scene, a gentle green strip projected from the right of the plot to frame the view, with the three colours meeting at the base of the oak.


With the concept set, the narrative written, and the installation complete, our team anxiously waited while the judges made their rounds. Their comments were positive, they liked our ecologically minded scheme, and the careful concealment of light fittings.

We didn’t claim a trophy this time but we enjoyed seeing all the other entries with some very worthy competition.

Congratulations to all the teams who took part.

A special thank you to the SLL and Rose Bruford College for hosting.

We’ll be back next year for sure.

International Women in Engineering Day 2021

Happy International Women in Engineering Day from all at CBG Consultants.

International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED) now in its eighth year and was launched to celebrate women in engineering around the world. #INWED is an international awareness campaign which raises the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.

To celebrate INWED we asked some of our women engineers to share their stories in relation to this year’s theme of ‘Engineering Heros’.

#WomenInEngineering #INWED21 #EngineeringHeros

A Royal Visit for Floyds Row Homeless Centre, Oxford

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex visited Floyds Row Homeless Centre in Oxford last week.

A project we were delighted to work on with Jessop and Cook, Oxford City Council, ODS and St Mungos Community Housing Association.

Floyds Row is the centrepiece of the council’s plans to transform services that will help people at risk of and experiencing homelessness across Oxfordshire. It provides assessment services and shelter for up to 60 people experiencing homelessness or at risk of rough sleeping. 20 spaces will be temporary shelter of up to a week for people whose needs are being assessed, with another 20 beds reserved for people who have been assessed and are engaging with services to find suitable move on accommodation. The remaining beds will be winterlong emergency accommodation available to anyone experiencing homelessness.

Read more about the project here.

Kingston School of Art Wins BREEAM Award 2021

The Kingston School of Art has gained further recognition by winning the 2021 BREEAM Award for the best Public Sector Project-Post Construction.

Working with Haworth Tompkins Architects, the project involved a major upgrade and extension to provide over 10000sqm of refurbished creative space, it achieved BREEAM Outstanding and delivered a 52% reduction in operational carbon emissions.

The project demonstrates how BREEAM can be used as a positive force to bring about transformative upgrades to unloved buildings.

The judges commented that they were “impressed with the take on overall wellbeing, as well as embracing the challenge of refurbishing an existing building. The efforts made on solar shading, biodiversity and accessibility were also highly rated”.

Read more about the project here.

Award Recognition Continues for Kingston School of Art

The Kingston School of Art continues to gain recognition in the AJ Retrofit Awards 2021 becoming winner in the ‘Higher & Further Education’ category.

Working with Haworth Tompkins Architects, the project involved a major upgrade and extension to provide over 10000sqm of refurbished creative space. The project achieved BREEAM Outstanding and delivered a 52% reduction in operational carbon emissions.

The judges commented on the “lovely juxtaposition between existing and new” & that “this scheme embodies what these awards are celebrating”

Read more about the project here.

Great Success for CBG Consultants at the Oxford Preservation Awards

We are delighted to see that two of our recently completed projects have been awarded in the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards.

Firstly, Lincoln College on Oxford High Street, a Certificate winner in the Building Conservation category. The project involved an upgrade of a Grade II Listed former bank dating from 1866, into a new restaurant and upmarket apartments. Working with FJMT Studios, Beard, Ridge & Partners, Montgomery Architects and Donald Insall Associates, the team were keen to restore and retain period features, such as an original ceiling discovered in the banking hall that was previously concealed.

At the awards, the judges said “The project makes a wonderful contribution to High Street”. Read more about the project here.

Secondly, Wolfson College Buttery and Old Porter’s Lodge takes the Plaque Award in the small project’s category.

Working with BGS Architects and Price & Myers, we undertook the careful remodeling and refurbishment of the Buttery, stripping back more recent interventions to provide a high-quality multi-function space. The team were cautious that the architectural integrity of the unique site and its Grade II Listed status be carefully preserved. Read more about the project here.

📸FJMT Studio & Spectral Lighting part of RIDI Group

OCPN (Oxford Construction Professionals Network) is back for 2021

After an extended break during the current restrictions, I am pleased to announce that OCPN will be back for 2021.

Founded by CBG Consultants in 2012, The Oxfordshire Construction Professionals Network (OCPN) is a business networking group supported by corporate sponsors who offer the opportunity to catch up with like-minded construction professionals. The monthly events are very popular and free to attend.

We have been working behind the scenes over the last couple of months securing some fantastic sponsors and planning how OCPN can continue in these unprecedented times. For the time being our events will be virtual, kicking off in February with CBG Consultants sponsored event.

A huge thank you in advance to our 2021 sponsors Fagurhult, Wates, Stantec, Kingerlee.

If you would like to join our mailing list, update your contact details or are interested in sponsoring an event as we currently have two remaining opportunities available for 2021, please do complete our contact form.

We look forward to seeing you all ‘virtually’ again next year but in the interim, have a Merry Christmas!

📸 Nikhilesh Haval, Nikreations


Fordham Abbey Dojima Sake Brewery wins GAGA Construction Award 2020

We are delighted to announce that Fordham Abbey Dojima Sake Brewery has won a GAGA Construction Award.

Founded 600 years ago by the Hashimoto family in Osaka,  the Dojima Sake Brewery has been brought to the UK within the historic grounds of Fordham Abbey in Ely Cambridge.

Working with Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects in collaboration with Studio Cullinan and Buck Architects, Andrew Firebrace Partnership and PB Doyle. The building design is of a galvanized steel barn structure meeting the specific climatic conditions required for the traditional Sake brewing process, the building also houses a café and open visiting area for viewing, educating and cross – cultural exchange.

Read more about the project here.

Award Recognition Continues for The Stokes Centre, Royal Surrey County Hospital

The Stokes Centre for Urology continues to gain recognition in the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020, becoming the winner of the ‘South East Overall Project of the Year’, winner for the ‘South East’ and the ‘Grand Final Winner’ in the health category

These awards are in addition to becoming Highly Commended in the ‘Building Better Healthcare Awards’ in 2019.

The Stokes Centre for Urology was a collaboration between ‘The Prostate Project’ charity and the NHS to create a sector-leading new-build facility for treating prostate cancer patients. We worked alongside K2 Consultancy, ADP Architects, Clarkebond and Logan Construction in this award-winning project.

At the awards, the judges said “This project has a tremendous human and social impact. The centre treats prostate cancer patients in a newly built clinic. It consolidates specialist services and contains Europe’s largest theatre for brachytherapy, with a cure rate of over 90%. Referrals come from across the UK and internationally. This project provides a blueprint for how future funding between the NHS & charities, can collaborate, to provide facilities. In this case it started with one man’s (Colin Stokes MBE) wish to repay his successful cure from a cancer that is the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. The result is a state-of-the-art diagnostic facility which is world class as judged by its peers… it deserves a more detailed study for benchmarking the criteria by which we can explain our fundamental role in improving the lives of our communities.”

Read more about the project here.