Mountpark Warrington Omega II Progressing on Site

Mountpark Warrington Omega II Progressing on Site

Mountpark Warrington Omega phase II is the latest development at Omega South distribution park.

This state-of-the-art logistics development funded by Mountpark Logistics comprises three units of 307,807 sq ft, 225,312 sq ft and 203,180 sq ft.

Each unit will include a rooftop solar PV array and battery storage that will meet about 50 per cent of the facility’s incoming supply capacity.

Hannans are providing MEP design and monitoring services, infrastructure services consultancy and BREEAM assessment.

We are pleased to join Chetwood Architects, Doig & Smith, WSP and Projex Solutions on the project design team, and the principal contractor McLaren Construction.

The scheme is under construction and the first two units are due to be complete by January 2021.

The Hannan industrial & logistics team have been involved with the development of Omega Business Park since 2012; providing Building Services & Utility Infrastructure consultancy to Omega Warrington Ltd and several of the tenants across both the North and South sites.

Hannan Associates are experts in Building Services Engineering and Infrastructure solutions for the industrial sector and In total we have helped our clients with the development of over 3.0 million square feet of industrial and logistics space. Please click here to see our brochure:

If you would like to talk to us about a future project please get in touch.

John Walker

John Walker


Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Hello, from our homes to yours!

Hello, from our homes to yours!

How is everyone doing six weeks into lock-down?

Team Hannan have settled into working from home and everyone is doing a brilliant job of maintaining ‘business as usual.’ With a little help from the miracle of modern technology we remain apart yet connected. 

We are increasingly thankful to all the key workers, selflessly risking their safety to continue to provide essential services for us during this time and we feel very proud of how UK communities & businesses have come together to support each other and help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are thankful for our strong client base and the interesting projects that are keeping us busy and we are each making the most of the additional free time we do have to reflect and take stock; learn new skills & hobbies; exercise; bake; read and catch up with friends and family.

Although maintaining a positive outlook towards the unknown territory that still faces us, we very much look forward to things gradually returning to something even vaguely resembling the ‘old normal’ and seeing people in the flesh again soon!

We think that it’s important to maintain contact with one another now more than ever, so if you fancy a virtual coffee and catch up or perhaps have a query about a project please get in touch…….

Stay safe everyone!   

Vicky Priestley

Vicky Priestley

Business Development & Marketing Manager

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Welcome to the team Jack Hopper

We are very pleased to introduce you to Jack Hopper, the latest member of the Hannan team.

Jack has joined Hannan Associates as a thermal modeller to strengthen our building physics and energy modelling team and help continue to meet the increasing demand for this service.

We wish him much luck and happiness in his new role.

Welcome Jack!

“I am very invested in developing designs for high performing buildings and becoming a part of the dynamic team at Hannan. There are lots of exciting projects that I am looking forward to being a part of. It is my priority to create comfortable and usable buildings, and my engineering background brings a fundamental understanding of physics that can be used to develop quality buildings, optimised to perform at their best.”

Our Building Physics team is led by experts in the assessment of building energy usage. Using the latest dynamic thermal modelling software the team work closely with clients at the early stages of the building design process to help make informed decisions about the most effective ways to design their buildings to maximise comfort and ease of use for tenants, whilst minimising energy usage and carbon output.

Please just drop us an email if you would like a chat about how we can help you.

Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

Mechanical Design Engineer

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200  

Meet the Team Q&A: Ian Joyce

Meet the Team Q&A: Ian Joyce

Name: Ian Joyce

Role: Director & Mechanical Design Engineer

Years at Hannans: 35

How did you become a building services engineer?

I left school at 16 and couldn’t afford to go to university so I wanted a job where I could do day release at college.  I was offered roles as an electrician, a factory manager, a printer and a draftsman at building services companies and  I decided to take the draftsman’s job at Portland Mechanical Services.  I went to college to study for my ONC and HNC in Building and Building Services and developed from there to become an assistant engineer and then a design engineer.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Creating buildings is very rewarding, it’s interesting to see buildings you have been involved in design and even after many years when you see them being demolished or redeveloped!

Out of all the projects you’ve been involved with have you got a favourite and why?

I do enjoy football stadia projects and having worked on the original Maine Road Stadium and then working on the City of Manchester Stadium was very interesting. The Coop HQ in Manchester was the most complex and challenging scheme I have worked on and the redevelopment of Riyadh Airport has been the largest so far at £5 bn.

How has the industry changed since you first started your career?

The technology of communications has massively changed how we work – we used to get letters from site and respond accordingly and now it’s almost instant.  When we wrote specifications we had to get them typed and changes were very difficult – now its all digital. When I started you had to draw in pencil and move on to pens after months of practice before CAD and 3D.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Jobs around the farm and watching football and other sport.  I like DIY and building or developing property.

If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be?

I should have been in the City! :0)

Ian Joyce

Ian Joyce


Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

BREEAM 2018 Update

BREEAM 2018 Update

The latest BREEAM scheme was launched back in March 2018. Two years on, how are design teams finding it?

As we are all aware, there has been a significant increase in media coverage on climate change in recent years. There has been a notable increase in flooding, more forest fires around the world from Australia to California, and major deforestation of the tropical rainforests to make way for animal agriculture. Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion have risen up in response to these disasters and the increasing amount of evidence stacking up is hard to ignore – things need to change.

Most people agree that the climate crisis needs addressing. It is something that clients are concerned about too and it seems that BRE is looking to harness this sudden wave of activity.

Early Actions

The 2018 New Construction scheme places a real focus on completing sustainability actions much earlier in the design process. There are a whole host of credits which need to be completed at Concept Stage design or earlier.

Preparation & Brief (stage 1) and concept design (stage 2) requirements include:

  • Man02- Elemental life cycle cost analysis
  • Mat01 – Materials life cycle assessment of embodied carbon
  • Ene04 – Passive design and LZC feasibility analysis
  • Tra01 – Travel Plan and assessment
  • Mat03 – Sustainable Procurement plan
  • Wst01 – Pre-demolition audits
  • Wst05 – Climate change adaptation appraisal
  • Wst06 – Disassembly & functional adaptability studies
  • Ene01 – Energy workshops for future operational energy

Mat01 – Embodied Carbon in Construction Materials

The key change that seems to be catching a lot of teams out, is the introduction of life cycle assessment of materials (Mat01 LCA). This seems to be being confused with life cycle costings – which do form a part of the scheme under Man02 and can be assessed alongside the LCA but are different credits.

The Mat01 LCA seeks to bring the embodied carbon within construction materials into better understanding, enabling teams to select materials with a lower embodied carbon. Extraction, processing, packaging, and transport processes– the emissions associated with construction material can be vast before the building is even operational.

 UK Green Building Council – Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition

One of the difficulties in achieving these credits is how early they are required to be completed. Options appraisals for LCA must be carried out and submitted to BRE before planning permission is applied for. The logic being that once planning is approved, the design of a building is fairly fixed and the opportunity to select different materials is limited.

The materials section has also had its weighting increased to 15% – the second highest weighted category after Energy. It is a section which needs taking very seriously if Excellent ratings are required.


Transport is the other section which has had a major overhaul. A travel assessment must be completed by stage 2, with a variety of sustainable transport options assessed under Tra02 to accumulate points which convert into credits depending on the public transport accessibility of the location. Points are awarded for implementing measures such as EV charging points, car sharing schemes and dedicated spaces; increasing amenities and public transport services and consultation with the local authority on the local cycling network.

MEP Design

There is no doubt that there is more onus on all members of the design team to incorporate BREEAM into the design from the beginning, and the MEP design makes up a significant part of this.

Passive design analysis, and LZC feasibility studies must be completed by Concept Design, plus for higher BREEAM ratings such as Excellent.

Ene01 has also had changes with credits awarded for undertaking a stage 2 energy workshop in relation to informing additional and more accurate modelling of operational energy at stage 4.

Buildings which have their heating and hot water demand met completely through electricity also score higher than buildings which are still utilising gas boilers under Pol02, therefore favouring solutions such as heat pumps and VRF systems.

Inherent Architecture 

Architects are usually the team involved in a new building before any other, and key decisions are often made before the decision to undertake a BREEAM assessment is decided.

Many decisions relating to material efficiency, building orientations, layouts and how the building will cope with changing climate are made as part of any evolving discussion with the client, but we are seeing the need to increasingly undertake these reviews in relation to sustainability. Wst05 & Wst06 reports are required to be completed by stage 2, with input into the Mat01 assessment.

Rewarding Joined up Thinking 

In addition to the early actions, there are more requirements for linking design work across the stages and across disciplines. Mat01 LCA must be carried out at concept design, and again at technical design. The same applies for designs for disassembly and functional adaptability, with revisions also needed for sustainable procurement plans. Joined up thinking is also rewarded with an exemplary credit available where life cycle costings and life cycle assessment of materials is completed at the same time, and another exemplary credit where all credits associated with addressing climate change are achieved.

BRE – Pushing Best Practice Forward 

BREEAM New Construction 2018 seeks to push the best practice of the construction sector forwards. Should concrete framed buildings that don’t consider operational energy really be classed as ‘Excellent’ rated sustainable buildings?

Should buildings which are built on greenfield sites with limited replacement planting really be classed as sustainable?

The questions are challenging, but options for the built environment are becoming more difficult to rationalise in the face of the emerging climate crisis.

For more details of our BREEAM related services please visit our BREEAM page. If you would like to talk to us about BREEAM 2018 in more detail please drop us an email.


Hayley Sheppard

Hayley Sheppard

BREEAM & Sustainability Consultant

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

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