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NSF International Office Building, Oxfordshire

NSF International in Long Hanborough services the UK food sector to ensure products and premises are compliant, safe and quality assured, to meet the demands of regulators, customers and consumers.

The client’s brief was to provide a new purpose-built office building to serve as the UK headquarters for NSF, for the purposes of management, administration and training. The new building needed to be sensitive to local context and embody the environmental focus of the company and express NSF’s core values of integrity and transparency.

Whilst designing the scheme with a view to full occupation by NSF, consideration has been given to the lifetime of the building and sustainable longevity by allowing for an equal splitting of the building to provide the potential for smaller lettable self-contained office floors, served by a landlord-retained core.

The height of the proposed building is predominantly two storey, with a further stepped-back third floor to reduce visual impact. The building façade is created from brick and precast stone reflecting the quarrying past of the site.

The monumental nature of the façade expresses the importance of thermal mass to increase environmental performance and reduces visual impact in the context of the predominantly brick and stone surrounding buildings.

CBG Consultants are engaged to carryout MEP and sustainability services covering RIBA stages 1 – 4 and will be novated to the successful D&B contractor for RIBA stages 5 to 7.

Horizon Technology Park

Horizon Technology Park is an Advanced Engineering Campus being developed in Eynsham, Oxfordshire, to house the expansion of Polar Technology Management Group Ltd.

The group are at the forefront of technical innovation and engineering using carbon fibre composites and high-end alloy metallic systems to produce products for industries such as motorsport, aerospace, medical and clean, sustainable, energy technology.

The first phase of the development has provided an additional 100,000sqft of space for the rapidly growing group consisting of Lentus Composites and SST Technology. Further phases of building will deliver up to 300,000sqft of advanced manufacturing space, including an HQ building and R&D facilities.

CBG consultants where employed to design the M&E shell and core for the new build 100,000sqft factory which spanned two floors. The design of the services for the building had to be flexible to allow for regular layout changes depending upon current projects and the updating of manufacturing processes. CBG’s design also included all the services for a state of the art Reception area and offices to compliment the high tech manufacturing facility.

Other CBG works on the site included switchgear replacements in existing buildings and working with the DNO to facilitate a substation upgrade required for the new 100,000sqft factory to be constructed.

Images: © Polar Technology Management Group Ltd

Oxfam Superstore

Refit of an existing warehouse in Oxford to become Oxfam’s first and flagship superstore where the international organisation began over 75 years ago and where the first Oxfam shop opened its doors in 1948.

As well as raising vital funds for Oxfam’s life-saving work to end poverty around the world, the superstore is a multi use space and acts as a community hub; a vibrant space where people can work, volunteer, donate and shop. Community groups and social enterprises make use of the dedicated meeting spaces, while workshops, activities and talks take place regularly within the store. It also supports Oxfam’s Future Skills programme, a volunteering, training and mentoring project for women from marginalised communities to improve their employability in the UK.

The retail space is a large area, 12 times larger than a typical Oxfam store. There are also offices to the front of the store which are used for administration purposes and also evening training spaces. At the rear of the store there is a warehouse and a donation sorting area which covers over two floors.

CBG Consultants were commissioned to provide M&E design for the project which included space heating, lighting, small power and fire alarm.

Images: © Oxfam

Restaurant & Apartments Conversion, Lincoln College

CBG Consultants were delighted to deliver this prestigious development for Lincoln College on Oxford High Street.

The project involved the conversion of a Grade II Listed former bank dating from 1866, into a new restaurant and upmarket apartments. The team were keen to restore and retain period features, such as an original ceiling discovered in the banking hall that was previously concealed. Bespoke M&E services strategies were developed to maximise the historic appeal of the spaces.

New services were provided throughout, including construction of a new lift. We designed the shell and core scheme and acted as technical advisors for Lincoln College, to review the proposed restaurant fitout by The Ivy. We worked closely with their fitout team to ensure mechanical and electrical services strategies were developed that would work within the confines of the site and defined tenant demises. Control of odours from cooking was a particular concern, with a scheme to mitigate these. The location of plant near to residential units required close scrutiny of acoustic performance also. Future maintenance and plant replacement strategies were developed and included within the Agreement for Lease.

Full design was undertaken for the apartments, with lighting, electrical services and air conditioning developed to a high standard specification. The residential development includes a new feature stair with bespoke suspended lighting, which links to the existing Alfred Street apartments.

Oxford Preservation Trust 2020, Building Conservation Category – Certificate


Coach House – Longstowe Hall, Cambridgeshire

Conversion of a former coach house into a high quality wedding venue.

The coach house is grade II listed and part of larger estate with a grade II listed manor house and landscaped gardens. The coach house is one of the earlier buildings on the estate and originally dates from the 1700s. The venue currently runs a marquee as a wedding venue through the summer months and the conversion of the coach house enables our client to improve their wedding offering.

CBG were commissioned to design the M&E installation which included ventilation, heating, domestic water, fire alarm, security and the lighting design. Given the remote location of the coach house back up power (generator) also had to be provided as power cuts can be more frequent and maintaining the venue during an event is imperative. Aesthetics were a very important consideration during the design to tie in with the high end image. Services routes were also a challenge to be overcome, as much of the void above the former stable area is inaccessible as it is inhabited by Bats.


Fordham Abbey – Dojima Sake Brewery

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. The first of its kind in the UK.

Sake is a Japanese alcoholic drink made of fermented rice. Brewing at Dojima started in 2018 with a formal ceremony, commencing with the traditional Kagami-wari ceremony (Sake Barrell breaking) which was attended by the Japanese Ambassador, Director for International trade, Head of Japanese studies at Cambridge University and many local and international dignitaries.

The building design is of a galvanized steel barn structure meeting the specific climatic conditions required for the traditional brewing process, it houses the different processes involved with Sake brewing including the washing, steaming, koji mixing, fermentation and storage tanks and lastly bottling.

A café and open visiting area for viewing, educating and cross – cultural exchange are located at the rear of the building. The architecture includes windows and rooflights to give an abundance of daylight and natural ventilation ensures that the process rooms achieve good environmental performance.

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.

Winner – RICS East Social Impact Awards 2020
Winner – GAGA Construction Awards Architecture Awards 2020

The Southwell Building – Axis Point

The Turbo Machinery Research department was originally housed in a former power station that provided inadequate space for research.

The University purchased an industrial building for specialist adaption. The project consisted of inserting a mezzanine to the building and internal alterations to accommodate the Department’s specific needs including compressed air, power and hydraulic requirements.

We were engaged by Oxford University Estates Services to provide the technical and electrical consultancy services associated with the relocation project. Services included: HV and LV distribution, structured IT, high pressure compressed air and vacuum systems, cooling systems and air supply systems for the research rigs.

A follow-on extension project to provide a new compressor house, was completed in 2019.

Southwark Bridge Road, London

Comprehensive redevelopment of the existing Southwark Bridge Road Fire Station site as part of a mixed use development of 200 unit residential apartments, commercial units and a 1200 place new secondary school.

A free school funded by the EFA under the new Free School programme with the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). The development includes both new build and refurbishment of existing grade II listed building.

A very tight urban site with significant number of planning issues to overcome. A full combined energy strategy has been developed which allows low and zero carbon technology to be utilised for both the school and the residential sites.

Complex site delivered under the London Plan.

Ocean Village Marina Development, Southampton

CBG were employed to deliver the Building Physics and Sustainability for this new development at Ocean Village, Southampton comprising of a hotel, residential building with restaurant.

Our duties included:

Ocean Village Hotel Building – £25M

Sun Path Study: To investigate the solar exposure on different orientation to specify Glazing properties.

Value Engineering: We performed different simulation to optimise different variable to achieve cost effective solution which achieve council/Planners energy Targets. Finally we issued performance specification for commercial building.

Daylight investigation: To investigate day lit areas in the building for dimmable light fittings to minimize the energy consumption.

Ocean Village Residential Building – £16M

Value Engineering: We performed different simulation to optimise different variable to achieve cost effective solution which achieve council/Planners energy Targets. Finally we issued performance specification for Residential building. Carried out overheating investigations.

Daylight investigation: To investigate day lit areas in the building for dimmable light fittings to minimize the energy consumption.

VisitBritain Award, Large Hotel –  Bronze Award

Thrayle House, Stockwell Park Gardens

Redevelopment of existing residential and commercial property at Thrayle House, which is part of the Stockwell Park Gardens estate.

Demolition of the existing structures to create a new scheme of c.171 homes (both private, affordable and assisted elderly) with associated retail space. Current designs include a tower rising to 20 floors.

The Mechanical designed systems include: under floor heating, centralised mechanical ventilation, smoke ventilation, LTHW including heat interface units fed from CHP & gas boiler plant.

The electrical designed systems included LV supply, small power, lighting, emergency lighting, fire alarm, data and incorporates a CHP. This project is using BIM and the Mechanical and Electrical design has been developed using Revit.