Meet the Team Q&A: Vicky Priestley

Meet the Team Q&A: Vicky Priestley

 Name: Vicky Priestley 

Role: Business Development & Marketing Manager

How did you get into marketing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and am quite a creative person. I excelled in subjects like English, Drama and languages so when I finished college I choice a subject to study at university that I knew would provide opportunity for creativity but would be practical in terms of entering the world of work. I studied Public Relations with Marketing at UCLAN and loved it!

After leaving university I got a temporary job at Hannans as PA to Bill Hannan, which was a real eye opener into the world of business and construction. There was never a dull moment!

I was asked to stay at Hannans to help with Marketing and 17 years later I am still here. My role at Hannans has evolved and grown with the company over the years and this has kept it interesting and challenging.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

In my role I am given quite a lot of freedom and trust. I am involved in other aspects of the management of the organisation and have always been encouraged to pursue my continued professional development – including obtaining my professional diploma and my chartered status. 

It is amazing seeing new developments reach completion and knowing that your company contributed towards its creation. Especially the larger mixed use regeneration schemes we work on, which truly transform underused and neglected areas into brand new communities. It’s a very exciting industry to be a part of.

Marketing is so important to the Building Services Engineering industry because historically engineers are a bit shy when it coms to talking about themselves and the important work they do – they definitely need a little help In that department.

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

In terms of the marketing industry, obviously the advancement of digital marketing has been huge and is now at the core of most marketing strategies.

I think when I started at Hannans in 2004 many of the ‘old school’ ways of the property & construction industry had already evolved – there weren’t any cigars in the board room and the typing pool was no more! But when I look back now at where we have come as a company since, I can see that things have changed massively– the advancements in IT and BIM, the increase in awareness and priority of ESG issues (in particular in relation to decarbonisation), the rising importance of the Building Physics department, the increasing sophistication of financial reporting, Manchester City Centre itself….. 

Another important change is that it has definitely become clearer to clients that Building Services Engineering is a crucial aspect of effective building design and the M&E consultant needs to be appointed during the very early stages of the project. Especially with the increasing urgency surrounding climate change and net zero carbon. 

But one thing that hasn’t changed is the highly social nature of our industry – I guess one of the things we are all missing during COVID.

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

I live on the outskirts of the city centre so I’m lucky to have plenty of theatre, live music, great bars and restaurants just a short walk away  – one thing I’m missing at the moment. I am a massive foodie and love eating out and cooking at home.

I think like a lot of people during lockdown, exercise has helped massively with maintaining my mental health. I have been enjoying a lot of walking & yoga and have even started running – something I never thought I would see !

If you had a career change what else would you like to do?

Well, I think it would be pretty cool to be a landscape architect or maybe have a little tea room & florist laughing

 

Vicky Priestley

Vicky Priestley

Business Development & Marketing Manager

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Valette Square Homes Now Complete

Valette Square Homes Now Complete

Hannan Associates are very proud to have been a part of the team to design and deliver Salford Central’s latest residential property development, Valette Square.

The recently completed Valette Square was delivered by The English Cities Fund – a joint venture between Homes England, Legal & General and Muse Developments. 

The development includes 33 townhouses with a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms with private gardens and terraces. It is situated just off Chapel Street, a short walk to Manchester City Centre, Spinningfields, New Bailey, Peel Park and the River Irwell.

The development is named after French Impressionist painter Pierre Adolphe Valette known for his acclaimed paintings of Manchester and Salford. He was a teacher at the Manchester Municipal School of Art and is remembered as L. S. Lowry’s tutor. 

Hannan Associates provided Building Services Engineering consultancy for the new homes, including early stage MEP concept design, utility connections & diversions advice, initial Part L1A calculations, renewable energy technologies feasibility review and site inspection duties. 

The design of the townhouses’ façade and orientation optimises natural daylighting and reduces the requirement of artificial lighting. Other design features include smart utility metering, occupant controlled zoned heating system, low energy light fittings, improved insulation to minimize heat loss & reduce utility bills and Integrated Virgin Media and BT telecoms infrastructure. 

Other members of the team included Buttress Architects, Integra Consulting, Chroma and main contractor John Turner Construction Group.  

This is the fourth phase of residential development in the Chapel Street area by the English Cities Fund, which forms part of the wider Salford Central masterplan.  Other schemes include Vimto Gardens, Timekeepers Square and Carpino Place . 

Hannan Associates are very proud to have supported clients with the delivery of residential accommodation to the value of around £400M in recent years. Playing a key role in developments for the For Sale, Private Rental, High End, Social and Retirement markets.

To find out more about our Residential experience please have a look at our brochure below and  if you would like to talk to us about your project please just give us a call or drop us an email…. 

 

 

Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

Mechanical Design Engineer

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200  

“It has been a pleasure to be a part of this team again for the development of Valette Square and follow on from the great success of Vimto Gardens, Carpino Place and Timekeepers Square.

It is fantastic to witness the gradual regeneration of Chapel Street and Salford Central and know that you are a part of that positive change.” 

2020 – A Year to Forget or a year to Remember?

2020 – A Year to Forget or a year to Remember?

It has been a pleasure working with you during the last year and we look forward to working together in 2021.

The continued momentum & success of the projects we are a part of during 2020 is true testament to the strength and drive of our industry. We value the relationships and enjoy the challenges we face as part of the various teams in which we have a place. 

We made this video to reflect on all that has happened this year ……..  

From everyone at Hannan Associates we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

NABERS UK Launched

NABERS UK Launched

The 26th November 2020 saw the official launch of the NABERS UK energy rating system.

NABERS UK is a new scheme for rating the operational energy efficiency of UK offices, which will  play a vital role in bridging the performance gap between the design and in-use energy performance of offices in the UK and create much needed transparency for the market. 

The NABERS UK scheme has been developed by Better Building Partnership, via their Design for Performance initiative, in close collaboration with the Australian NABERS programme.  

The system measures and verifies the actual energy use of existing offices, providing a rating from 1-6 stars to help building owners accurately target, measure and communicate the energy performance of their buildings, demonstrating whether they are on a net zero carbon trajectory. 

For new office developments & refurbishments, developers will be able to use the Design for Performance process to target a NABERS Energy rating at the design stage, which can be used to verify performance when the building is occupied.

 

Hannan Associates are very proud to be working as part of Legal & General Investment Management’s team for the design of the Ralli Quays office and hotel scheme in Salford. This project is one of only 14 office developments in the UK pioneering Better Building Partnership’s Design for Performance initiative.

CGI of Ralli Quays scheme 

Ralli Quays Thermal Model

As part of our package on this development we are utilising complex thermal modelling software to accurately simulate HVAC plant and control networks for each building to ascertain the predicted in use operational energy consumptions. This is vital in providing a building-integrated approach where the HVAC systems and building are assessed as a whole, allowing all gains/losses, heat transfer and thermal mass in the building to be accounted for alongside system performance.

The output  for in use energy is also used to assess the building’s future proofing against the UKGBC and Paris target emissions.

The launch of NABERS UK comes at a critical time, as the built environment comes under increasing pressure to meet net zero carbon targets and we await the imminent release of the UK government’s energy performance white paper.

If you would like to speak to us about Design for Performance and your net zero operational carbon goals please drop us an email or give us a call.

Ian Joyce

Ian Joyce

Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

Mechanical Design Engineer

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200  

Harrier Park Hucknall Now Complete

Harrier Park Hucknall Now Complete

The new national headquarters for RM Resources at Harrier Park, Hucknall has reached completion. 

RM resources, part of RM plc, are a market leading provider of technology and resources to the education sector.  Their new 195,840 sq ft headquarters will help to consolidate their distribution activities into a single location and forms part of a wider improvement programme across their business.

Harrier Park is a 67 acre mixed-use development at Hucknall, led by an exciting joint venture between Muse Developments and the site-owner Rolls-Royce. The development will bring forward commercial space, industrial units, new homes, a primary school and community facilities, which will create a number of jobs in the area.

Hannan Associates are very pleased to have provided Building Services Engineering, Utilities Infrastructure and BREEAM consultancy for the project working alongside The Harris PartnershipWSPRe-Form Landscape ArchitectsRPP and main contractor GMI.

Video courtesy of GMI Construction

Hannan Associates have helped clients with the development of over five million square feet of industrial and logistics space.

To find out more about our experience please see our brochure or why not give us us a call or email to discuss your requirements……..

David Green

David Green

Mechanical Design & Building Physics Engineer

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Ralli Quays Pioneering Design for Performance

Ralli Quays Pioneering Design for Performance

Hannan Associates are very proud to be part of Legal & General Investment Management’s team designing the Ralli Quays office and hotel scheme in Salford.

This project is one of only 13 office developments in the UK pioneering the Design for Performance initiative.

The UK’s approach to building design has typically been centred around design for compliance, which has led to a known energy performance gap between how buildings are designed to perform and how in reality they actually perform. As the construction sector comes under increasing pressure to improve its sustainability and meet legislative and developing standards, not least the 2050 ‘Net Zero’ Paris Agreement & intermediate targets, more effective solutions are required.

The Design for Performance initiative was devised by The Better Buildings Partnership alongside NABERS to help close this energy performance gap by providing the UK with an approach based on measurable performance outcomes rather than solely using design based criteria to assess a building’s impact.

“Design for Performance: A new approach to delivering energy efficient offices in the UK.” Better Buildings Partnership

As part of our package on this project we are utilising complex thermal modelling software to accurately simulate HVAC plant and control networks for each building in order to ascertain the predicted in use operational energy consumptions for a variety of on-axis and off-axis scenarios.

Thermal Model of Ralli Quays

This is vital in providing a building-integrated approach where the HVAC systems and building are assessed as a whole; allowing all gains/losses, heat transfer and thermal mass in the building to be accounted for alongside system performance and thus allowing us to address the performance gap created by the out of date methodology to design buildings for compliance.

We can accurately assess the results of simulations and check against the latest Energy Performance Targets based on the successful Australian NABERS approach. The output  for in use energy is also used to assess the building’s future proofing against the UKGBC Paris target emissions.

The Base Building Energy Rating (BBER) tool developed by Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) has been used to measure energy performance of landlord services in multi tenanted office buildings against a 7 star scale – the higher the star score the more efficient the energy performance of the landlord services. This will be used to predict the star rating of the Ralli Quays office.

We are very pleased to be working alongside EPR Architects, DPP One, Turner & Townsend, Walker Sime, Clancy Consulting, Colliers on this project.

If you would like to speak to us about Design for Performance and low carbon design, please give us a call or drop us an email.

Offices, in all forms, have been at the core of our business for over 30 years.

Our extensive experience in this sector along with continued training and research means that we can contribute in depth knowledge of a wide range of Building Services design solutions available for office environments and advice on cost in use. Our engineers  understand what our clients and end-users expect and need from the 21st Century workplace.

Ian Joyce

Ian Joyce

Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

Mechanical Design Engineer

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200