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Pye Gallery, Banbury Museum

Located in the heart of Banbury’s town centre, next to the idyllic canal side, and opposite Tooley’s historic boatyard.

The museum’s committee were determined to renovate the dated gallery and surrounding areas within the museum. The lighting within the Pye Gallery was redesigned to allow for a minimalist yet effective look, using various methods to light the artwork.

Library Refurbishment, University of Warwick

CBG worked with the University of Warwick on the phased refurbishment of their central campus library.

The building dates from the 1960s, and the facilities had become dated. Each floor was reorganised, with new rolling rack shelving, desks, break-out areas and ICT. CBG worked to develop new M&E services designs to support the layouts, with improved lighting, ventilation and controls. The existing ceiling and slab heights posed a considerable constraint.

The project brief and design was developed to enable a phased refurbishment of the building, with one floor taken out of use during each summer period. The other floors of the library had to remain in use, with disruption to power or ventilation systems kept to defined out of hours periods.

Photographer: Overbury PLC


Norris Museum, Cambridgeshire

CBG worked with Caroe Architecture on the Heritage Lottery Funded refurbishment and extension of the Norris Museum at St Ives.

The new facilities include a specialist archive store, flexible exhibition space, permanent display areas, an educational facility and new toilets. CBG completed the initial HLF Round 1 feasibility report and strategy, and were delighted to be subsequently selected to progress the Development phase of works.

Lighting has been designed to provide a contemporary and minimalist look, which works well with the historic building. An exception was made in the Herbert Norris replica study, where several of the original glass pendant lights from the old gallery were restored and re-used, to great effect. Within the temporary exhibition space, suspended track is used. This allows lighting to be easily adjusted when exhibits change. Daylight is managed to prevent over exposure of sensitive materials. Other electrical services such as small power are discreetly located, and coordinated with the extensive timber panelling.

Environmental control is provided using a relatively simple heating system, combined with dehumidification units. This keeps the running costs for the system down, whilst providing a stable environment for the artefacts.

Kings Lynn Minster

CBG completed the M&E scope of works for a Heritage Lottery Fund Round 1 application by Kings Lynn Minster.

We are delighted to see the scheme proceed to the next stage, for its HLF Round 2 submission. Working as part of a team led by Caroe Architects. The building is Grade I Listed, dating from the 13th Century, with origins back to 1095.

The new project involves constructing a new set of internal spaces within the north west tower. These will provide new toilets, an office and meeting room. A new open plan foyer will be included on the ground floor, with lighting to display temporary artwork.


Student Hub, Kellogg College, University of Oxford

CBG were appointed as M&E and Passivhaus consultants for the new £1.5m Kellogg College student hub building, which has become the first certified Passivhaus for Oxford University, or an Oxford college.

Highlighting the potential for an alternative approach to sustainability and with a few simple changes to the building form, CBG proposed that the building could be suitable for achieving the Passivhaus standard – delivering ultra-low running costs, carbon emissions and high comfort levels for occupants. As well as the usual Passivhaus features – super-thick insulation, triple glazing and air tight construction, the building features a highly glazed south façade. Detailed modelling enabled optimisation of window geometry and brise soleil design to maximise winter solar harvesting, while minimising summer overheating. The building is predicted to exceed the Passivhaus requirements for space heating demand, with a significant proportion of the building’s heat requirement being met by solar gains through the optimised south façade. Summertime overheating is controlled by solar shading, natural ventilation coupled with thermal mass, and night purge.

Lighting is carefully integrated into the internal spaces to enhance the architecture. The external frieze is subtly lit, with low level path lighting to create an attractive ambience.

Photography: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford

Designed to accommodate the launch of a new Masters of Fine Art Programme and to give a more public face to the school, the new building delivers facilities worthy of The Ruskin School of Art’s reputation as one of the leading art schools in the UK.

The Ruskin School of Art is divided between two sites, approximately 1 mile apart: a listed building on the High Street and a light-industrial building at Bullingdon Road, which houses the workshops and the main sculpture, printmaking and digital multimedia facilities.

Clever use of a difficult site has enabled the school to double in size to 1,600m², allowing them to accommodate more students whilst also providing them with the facilities to actively host their own public exhibitions and performances. The building includes offices, exhibition space, multimedia studios, metal and wood workshops, print and casting rooms and a seminar room.

CBG provided the energy and environmental building services strategy for the new building. This consisted of highly sustainable M&E services design for achieving BREEAM Very Good, as well as Oxford University stringent environmental targets.

High levels of insulation, low air tightness, efficient and controllable lighting, heat recovery ventilation and renewable technology have been used in this facility, designed to be extremely flexible and adaptable to suit ever changing student needs.

BREEAM Very Good
Winner RIBA South Awards 2016
Shortlisted in the RICS 2016 Awards ‘Design Through Innovation’ category

GreenSquare Development, Oxford

The GreenSquare Development has mechanical and electrical performance design for 109 new homes, community centres and retail units at Westlands Drive, Dora Carr Close and Barns Road in Oxford.

This multi-million pound development started from the premise that everybody has the right to live in a thoughtfully designed home and that high quality public spaces are crucial to maintaining successful communities. The company behind the development, Hab Oakus includes Kevin McCloud, presenter of the long-running TV series Grand Designs.

CBG prepared a low and zero carbon strategy report which considered district heating systems and other forms of renewable energy such as photovoltaic. The homes were designed to meet Code 4/5 and the community centre achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Standard.


BREEAM Excellent

Playroom, Royal Brompton Hospital

The scope of works covered the supply and installation of new M&E services to an existing playroom within the Royal Brompton Hospital, which was to be completely refit.

The playroom is to cater for all children including those with special needs and as such is fitted out to suit a range of needs. One corner of the room is a specialist sensory area and includes soft furnishings and sensory effects lighting. In another corner there is a one to one area which can be isolated form the rest of the room and there is also a large screen for watching television and playing video games.

The electrical services comprised rewiring the electrical in its entirety. This included liaising with the sensory specialist to provide all of their power needs. The lighting design undertaken by CBG included lighting to task areas and colour changing lighting to the dropped ceiling. This provides more interesting and playful space for children to spend time in. The lighting effect was achieved by the utilising flexible RGB LED tapes. These are linked with the rest of the lighting in the room to a simple scene control panel so the users can select the effect they want from constantly cycling colour to light just in one specific area.

East Courtyard Visitor Facilities, Blenheim Palace

This exciting project involved considerate remodelling of the East Courtyard to Blenheim Palace to provide larger retail space and facilities for visitors the largest project on the estate for 200 years.

The architecture, structure and engineering services all have been carefully designed together to satisfy the stringent requirement of Historic England, and maintain the history and grandeur visitors have come to see. It was a challenging prospect for the engineering services, to blend existing building fabrics, structures and scale with a focus on energy reduction and efficiency.

To achieve this, the existing heating services were replaced with new energy efficient boilers and the ventilation strategy composed of a mixed mode scheme to recover heating energy in winter and take advantage of natural ventilation in summer via automatic opening roof windows. The new building fabric and windows are also specified to high thermal and solar values. These ideas combine carefully with the architectural scope to maintain the maximum available space for the visitor while also providing a cost effective and efficient package for the client.

 Won – Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2014

  Commended – ACE Engineering Awards 2013

Paediatric Pod, Hillingdon Hospital – London

CBG Consultants were appointed to supply and install M&E services into the new Paediatric Pod at the Peter Pan and Wendy Ward building within Hillingdon Hospital.

The extension consists of 4 single bed rooms, offices and associated nursing areas. One of the single bed rooms is a positive pressure ventilated lobby isolation room and another is a level 2 critical care room.

The mechanical services comprise a new ventilation system, provided via externally mounted air handling units, used in conjunction with heating and cooling via chilled beam units. Ventilation to the isolation room is provided via a stand-alone air handling unit and extract fan. Other services to be included are drainage, domestic water services and medical gases, as well as all associated controls.

The electrical services comprised new distribution boards, fed from existing infrastructure, with new power, data, lighting, fire alarm and nurse call systems.

Photographer: desM Architects