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Café and Sixth Form Centre, Shiplake College

Shiplake College is an Independent boarding/day school located on a 45 acre beautifully landscaped site, near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

The school’s determination to deliver quality education has led them to plan and build new facilities, expanding the quality educational environment to be both environmentally friendly, and cost effective.

CBG Consultants were engaged to work alongside Nicolas Brown Webber Architects on the design of a new café and Sixth Form Centre in the heart of the College, the site was originally used infrequently as an overflow car park.

The building has been designed to be timeless whilst nestling perfectly into the surroundings. The ground floor houses a small sixth form café and servery which opens out on to a sunny deck. Upstairs are two classrooms and two small seminar rooms accessed via an external stair under an oak-framed roof.

Images – Nicolas Brown Webber Architects

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.


Wolfson College, Buttery Refurbishment – Oxford

Wolfson College is a post-graduate college, forming part of Oxford University.

Its unique site on the river Cherwell was designed by Powell and Moya, and completed in 1974. The architectural integrity has been carefully preserved, recognised by its Grade II Listed status.

CBG Consultants were selected to undertake the careful remodelling and refurbishment of the Buttery, stripping back more recent interventions to provide a high quality multi-function space.

A bespoke lighting system was developed with Spectral Lighting, with profiles created to exactly fit the exposed concrete structural bays. Colour temperature can be varied to suit different times of day and uses of the space, using a simple touch screen system. A high quality Audio Visual system is concealed within the timber panelling and slatted ceiling, and makes the facility attractive for external lettings. New mechanical ventilation, heating and domestic water services have been provided, together with a fully refurbished servery.

Images supplied by Spectral Lighting part of RIDI Group

Christ Church Cathedral

CBG Consultants were appointed by Christ Church, for the phased renovation of the Cathedral in 2017.

Dating from the 12th Century, the Grade I Listed Cathedral was last rewired in the mid 1990s. A proposed project to clean and restore the high level building fabric gave the opportunity to renew electrical distribution and the lighting installation, which had become dated.

We worked closely with the Cathedral’s nominated lighting designer, and Purcell Architects, to develop the new electrical infrastructure proposals. This had to be installed over several phases of work whilst the Cathedral remained in use. Much of the servicing of the building is done using the high-level clerestory walkways. While these provide a convenient route, they also pose a risk to maintenance personnel, with access available only with safety harnesses to two people at a time. We developed a scheme to minimise the need to access these walkways, by locating the drivers and power supplies for the lighting system in central locations away from the clerestories. These are more likely to require future maintenance than the light fittings themselves.

We designed a new central battery emergency lighting system, bringing the building up to compliance with current regulations. Night time validation was undertaken to record delivered illuminance levels.

Phases 1 and 2 of the project are now complete, with the design of Phases 3 and 4 due to start later in 2019.

Queen Street and St Aldate’s, Oxford – Student Accommodation

We were appointed by Christ Church, to act as their Technical Advisors for the development of this scheme by Reef Estates in a Joint Venture with Oxford City Council.

The project included the construction of over 130 en-suite student bedrooms, overlooking the historic Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford. Bedrooms are grouped into clusters, with communal kitchen/diners. Other facilities include a gym, cinema, and social spaces.

The five storey building was constructed on a constrained site, with the original façade of the St Aldates elevation retained. In addition to the student accommodation, the ground floor incorporates three large retail units with street frontages.

The student accommodation is partly managed by Christ Church, with the remainder directly let on the market. Services and circulation routes are zoned accordingly.

2018 Oxford Preservation Trust Winner

Christ Church Boathouse

Christ Church’s Boat House is located at the apex of the Cherwell and Thames. It is home the college’s famous Boat Club, first established in 1817.

This project by Montgomery Architects saw the complete renovation of the gym, modernisation of services within the boat store and workshops, and a new punt store extension created. The terrace and gym enjoy stunning views across the rivers, a nice respite from the tough training regimes for the rowing teams.

Mechanical and electrical services were replaced, with new heating, domestic water, ventilation, above ground drainage, lighting, power, fire alarm and access control systems. The project was completed over two phases, to reduce disruption to the rowers.


Malet Street Building Remodel, Birkbeck University

CBG consultants were employed by Birkbeck University to provide mechanical and electrical consultancy services for two projects at their Malet Street building in Central London.

The ground floor classroom remodel project consisted of the expansion and upgrade of 4 no. teaching spaces, including heating, ventilation, small power, data and lighting design. The existing spaces were refurbished and expanded to increase occupancies and offer teaching facilities to cater for an increased student intake. Challenging factors of the project included the implementation of localised mechanical ventilation to the spaces in lieu of the existing openable window strategy to cater for the increased occupancy in line with Part F of the building regulations. Perimeter dado trunking and distribution to integral desk sockets for small power and data was also designed.

The Fourth Floor IT suite project involved the refurbishment of existing teaching spaces to be reused as computer labs. Increased occupancy and change of use of the space meant the requirement for localised ventilation and cooling provisions along with a more complex small power and data design. CBG investigated the existing services provisions to check for potential re-use and any opportunity to strip out any redundant services as well as identifying feasible plant and riser space for a dedicated VRF cooling system to be installed.


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


University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

The new student residences will be built on the current University of Creative Arts, Farnham campus and will provide accommodation for 252 students in typical cluster flat arrangements.

The typical cluster bedrooms have been designed as groups of four, six or eight and housed within five buildings across the steeply sloped site.

Rather than follow a prescribed sustainability agenda such as BREEAM, CBG worked closely with the University to develop a bespoke sustainability policy that should maximise the benefits of low energy design and a low cost in use.

CBG developed a centralised energy strategy that included a combined heat and power unit and new infrastructure through they whole development.

Knights Park, Kingston University

The Kingston University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture is recognised as one of the best art and design schools in the teaching and research world.

The faculty’s position amongst the top art and design schools is confirmed by subject rankings, research performance, industry and student awards, the leading brands and institutions that choose to work with them. In order to maintain this world reputation the facilities are being subject to significant refurbishment and upgrade to modern standards.

The New Extension building has gone largely untouched since the 1970’s and much of the internal building fabric and service had reached the end of its design life.

The project involves a comprehensive refurbishment and remodelling of all areas including enhancing shared spaces, improving circulation, rationalising existing spaces to ensure optimises space planning. All services are being replaced and upgraded to the latest energy efficiency standards.

The building fabric has been subject to significant upgrades to the thermal envelope including the introduction of improved solar performance on the south façades and inclusion of brise soliel.

Images supplied by Haworth Tompkins