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Bicester Village Framework

Value Retail specialises exclusively in the creation and operation of luxury outlet shopping destinations, which provide guests with an unrivalled shopping experience. Located in the heart of rural Oxfordshire, Bicester Village enjoys a prime central location with excellent transport links. The brand mix drives high footfall and is constantly being refreshed in order to enhance the retail offering.

Value Retail set up a framework agreement of consultants at their Bicester Village site to ensure that retail tenant’s and their fitting out teams comply with Value Retail’s brand requirements for mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) installations and sustainability.

CBG Consultants were appointed onto the framework and carried out several projects at Bicester Village for Value Retail. The works included;

• M&E designs for retail units of all sizes ranging from small glasshouse retail units up to larger units for major brand lettings. Some of the larger units involved installing mezzanine floors to create additional office and storage space for the brands. Work directly for Value Retail would generally be ‘white box’ Cat A fit outs.
• Retail lighting designs
• Site stage support
• BREEAM on larger projects
• M&E condition surveys of retail units, post occupation of brands
• M&E design in relation to enclosing exterior plant areas


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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.

Zetica House, Eynsham, Oxfordshire

An ambitious scheme to convert an old printing works into state-of-the-art office suites, technology workshops, and warehouse storage for Zetica.

The original steel framed structure was gutted and re-roofed, creating a blank shell which has been transformed with modern LED lighting, and energy efficient heating and ventilation systems to create an ideal working environment.

The challenge was to create a modern open feel while retaining the flexibility to adapt to future expansion of staff numbers. It was important for the client that we delivered data and power connectivity that would ensure a high density of users in key areas.

CBG’s contribution to the project started at the consultation stage with the client and architect working together to develop a design concept. From these early discussions CBG produced a Stage 3 M&E package which was then developed into a full Stage 4 detailed design. This process followed CBG’s own CAD process and involved the use of industry standard design software from Autodesk, Amtech, and IES.

Our external lighting design was sympathetic to the local environment while adhering to CIBSE guidelines. Within the building daylight harvesting was used to reduce energy consumption and maintain comfortable levels of light employees. Intelligent lighting controls ensured further energy saving benefits to the client.

Throughout the project CBG was engaged in the planning process ensuring that the architect was supported with relevant information and documentation. At the construction stage CBG continued to provide technical support to the client to ensure that the designs were being executed correctly and to a high standard.

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.