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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.


Oxfam Superstore

Refit of an existing warehouse in Oxford to become Oxfam’s first and flagship superstore.

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 day to day admin and also evening training spaces. At the rear of the store there is a warehouse and donation sorting area over two floors.

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

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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. The building design is of a barn like structure which houses the different processes involved with Sake brewing including the washing, steaming, koji mixing, fermentation and storage tanks and finally bottling.  A visitor area and café are accommodated at the rear.  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

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.

We are currently working on a follow-on extension project to provide a new computer house, due for completion 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.

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.

Synchrotron Offices, Diamond Light Source Ltd

A project at the Synchrotron Offices for Diamond Light Source Ltd to provide comfort cooling systems to 130 occupied offices and meeting rooms.

The project comprises chilled water mains, fan coil units, BMS controls, builders work and commissioning. Acting as lead consultant from commissioning to completion our role included; project management, client liaising, decanting of offices, planning, programming and site management, inspections and provision of infrastructure mains to serve a new office cooling scheme.

The installation was designed to minimise disruption and risk to the pipework, which extends across the experimental hall and led the project on site.

Business Innovation Centre, Anglia Ruskin University

CBG were employed by Lendlease as the Project manager to carry out the M&E design to Stage E, and then proceed to a watching brief for the M&E services on behalf of the client Anglia Ruskin University.

The M&E design was focused on providing energy efficient solutions yet sufficiently flexibility to accommodate the various proposed uses for the building. The project was aiming for BREEAM very good and achieved BREEAM Excellent. This is a testament to the hard work of the development team who placed an emphasis on ‘team building’ and a collaborative approach that put sustainability at the heart of the design and construction process.

The primary use of the building is for Business Innovation and Incubation, facilitating interaction between university academic and research activities and start-up companies, spin-off activities and tenant companies who will rent space at favourable rates for short-term periods at crucial stages in their growth cycle.

The team took a holistic approach to incorporating sustainability into every aspect of the project – from specifying low impact materials, through to ensuring the building has high levels of comfort, daylight, occupant control for heating, lighting and ventilation. This approach continued to the management of waste during construction and the provision of state of the art facilities for cyclists. The heating system installed is a prime example of the success of this approach. The design employed mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air conditioning for specialist rooms and areas. The design required careful coordination from all team members. For instance, the team had to account for all M&E infrastructure required to support the specialist equipment in the large workshop and individual office areas. Following the successful completion, the university now has access to a class-leading business environment for new ideas and collaboration with the University’s R&D, Bio mechanical and Engineering departments.

Environmental Design Approach

A planning requirement of the project was to achieve BREEAM Very Good and provide 20% renewables. Early engagement with the local planners helped steer both planners and the project towards fabric-first building principles. This meant that the M&E design could minimize the mechanical plant needed whilst maximizing CO2 reductions.

Given the initial scope of works and the required cooling systems, it was clear that accommodating an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) system to provide the space heating and cooling was the most favourable option, from both a practical and economic view point.

Solar PV [panels/systems] were incorporated into the design, with the quantity dependent on the available budget. Despite a significant initial capital cost, there is the potential for large CO2 reductions and a reasonable payback period, leading to profit-making due to the ability to claim against the Feed-In-Tariff.

The limited site space and the likely usage patterns of the building mean that certain technologies, such as Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP), wind turbines and combined heat and power (CHP) are not viable for the site.

A VRF heating system coupled with a solar PV system offered both the greatest running cost saving and the lowest CO2 emissions. Maximizing day lighting where possible and utilising effective lighting controls were also key to achieving an Excellent BREEAM rating.

BREEAM Excellent