Building Services Engineering for Homes

Building Services Engineering for Homes

In recent years we have supported our clients with the delivery of residential accommodation to the value of around £400M, playing a key role in developments for the For Sale, Private Rental, High End, Social and Retirement markets.

As Building Services consultants we focus on using engineering and technology to help create desirable places to live which meet the needs and expectations of residents. Our track record in this sector provides us with a knowledge of the key drivers but equally we recognise the need to continually respond to market changes especially as the need for more new homes in the UK increases.

We understand the balance of development deliverables and financial viability and achieve this by always seeking the optimum design.

Stages

Environmental Sustainability

Our approach to sustainability is to follow the Energy Hierarchy, which encourages the inclusion of energy efficient design features throughout the development to minimise both the carbon and environmental footprint and to meet sustainable standards set by Clients, Planning & Building Regulations.

Our strategy embraces a Lean, Mean and Green approach through the use of advanced building modelling software and passive design techniques such as improving building fabric elements and air tightness criteria beyond the level required to comply with the Building Regulations.

We incorporate high-efficiency systems and effective controls throughout the design such as, gas fired condensing boilers to provide both hot water and heating with an efficiency of up to 98% and energy efficient LED lighting where practicable. Mechanical ventilation systems which include heat recovery and low specific fan powers are specified in order to keep costs to a minimum whilst maintaining high level of energy efficiency.

Renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels and/or solar thermal are incorporated where possible to achieve CO2 targets or provide desirable benefits.

Overheating in Homes

Rising environmental temperatures, changes in building types, the drive towards energy efficiency and poor installation practice all contribute towards overheating issues in homes. These issues alongside the ever increasing demand for new homes increases the need for improved design solutions to counter overheating.

As Building Services Engineering consultants we are involved in an increasing number of high and low rise residential schemes where it is our responsibility to help clients find the appropriate design solutions to mitigate or control overheating.

Using the latest BRE approved dynamic simulation modelling software to ensure compliance with the latest regulations and relevant standards we build and carry out detailed thermal modelling analysis to assess the risk of overheating.

The thermal model we develop allows us to compare how the various building envelope, shading or ventilation methods compare when limiting overheating. It also factors in site specific constraints such as acoustic restrictions and air quality and can analyse these factors whilst maintaining energy efficiency to comply with Building Regulations.

Post-occupancy Testing and Lessons Learnt

As an organisation, we endeavour to learn from our previous projects through engagement with clients, the design and construction teams, and purchasers and occupiers. Post-occupancy evaluations are regularly undertaken to identify both positive elements from our designs and any areas that could potentially be improved.

This history of interaction with purchasers and occupiers has led to numerous design improvements. These include the use of smart metering and heating controls, which have dramatically improved the building’s environment thus creating better places to live. Also, the installation of electric vehicle charging points, to both encourage low carbon emission transport and to minimise the impact of the development on local air quality.

If you would like any advice from a member of our residential team about an existing or future project please contact Jamie Hall or Sean Duffy.

Jamie Hall – [email protected]

Sean Duffy – [email protected]

BCO Northern Awards 2019

BCO Northern Awards 2019

Good luck to all the teams and projects shortlisted at tomorrow’s BCO Northern Awards which takes place at The Principal Hotel in Manchester.

We will be there in support of our client Muse Developments for their project Coed Pella and our client Bupa for Bupa Place, both nominated in the ‘Corporate Workplace’ category.

We are very proud to have been MEP Services Engineering Consultants on both projects.

Coed Pella is Conwy County Borough Council’s new 100,000 sq ft civic offices in Colwyn Bay Town Centre.

Bupa Place is the new 146,186 sq ft regional office building for BUPA at Media City in Salford.

Hannan Associates will be represented at the dinner tomorrow night by Vicky Priestley, John Walker, Shaun Wilkinson and Tom Cutt. So pop by table 36 and say hello!

1 Centenary Square wins at RICS Awards 2019, West Midlands

1 Centenary Square wins at RICS Awards 2019, West Midlands

We are delighted that our project 1 Centenary Square has won the ‘Commercial’ category at the RICS Awards 2019, West Midlands.

1 Centenary Square, now home to HSBC is part of Arena Central, a £500 million mixed-use development scheme in Birmingham city centre being developed by Arena Central Developments LLP, a joint venture led by Kier. Hannan Associates are proud to be providing Building Services Engineering consultancy for the development scheme.

“The judges were amazed by the new HSBC building as a bespoke solution to the demands of new banking regulations and provides a fitting solution at the heart of the bank’s birthplace in Birmingham City Centre. The building – delivered by Arcadis, Make Architects and Galliford Try – nestles in-between neighbouring listed buildings without detracting from their presence due to its limited height and woven external cladding.

The internal fit out promotes an innovative and collaborative working environment with the maximum use of natural daylight. This building sets a very high benchmark for HSBC’s global portfolio to aspire to.” https://www.rics.org/uk/training-events/rics-awards/rics-awards-west-midlands/

The 210,000 sq ft, 10 storey, Grade A office building designed by Make Architects accommodates around 2,5000 employees, providing high quality flexible working and break out spaces.

“I am very proud to have led the Hannan team on this major corporate HQ project, which has helped bring HSBC back to its roots and in turn raise the profile of Birmingham. The success of 1 Centenary Square has helped secure further development at Arena Central, which we are very happy to be a part of. We very much enjoy being a part of this team and I believe that this award is a well-deserved reflection of the hard work and commitment that everyone put into making this project a success.” Jamie Hall – Hannan Associates

Hannan Associates are very pleased to also be building services consultants for the neighbouring No. 3 Arena Central, a 240,000sq ft 14 storey office building currently under construction, which has been pre-let to HM Revenue and Customs.

Arena Central Birmingham masterplan
Arena Central Masterplan

Hannan project contact: Jamie Hall – [email protected]


Dow HQ Planning Approved at Cheadle Royal

Dow HQ Planning Approved at Cheadle Royal

Hannan Associates are currently working in conjunction with Leach Rhodes Walker & Integra Consulting as part of the design team, under Muse Developments to deliver a new ‘Office and Research & Development Headquarters’ for Dow Chemicals.

Dow Chemicals is a prestigious Fortune 50 global multinational, which was founded in 1897 in Michigan, USA.

We have been responsible for delivery of the performance specification for the CAT A MEP services design, which incorporates a multitude of tenant driven requirements; from specific incoming power criteria, to zoned sprinkler system and bespoke ventilation strategy. The principal objective being to facilitate the prospective tenants’ move into their new facility with minimal disruption.

Stockport Council have granted planning permission for the 26,100 sq ft building on Cheadle Royal Business Park, with construction anticipated to begin next month and completion in Spring 2020.

Hannan project contact: Thomas Cutt – [email protected]

Coed Pella Takes the ‘Regeneration’ Prize

Coed Pella Takes the ‘Regeneration’ Prize

We are very proud to have been MEP Services Engineering Consultants for Coed Pella which won the ‘Regeneration’ category last night at the RICS Awards 2019, Wales.

Andrew Carrington from our team attended the event to support the project and our client Muse Developments: “It has been a privilege to work on such a landmark scheme to provide key regeneration benefits to one of North Wales’ largest towns.”

The building serves as Conwy Borough Council’s new Civic Offices in Colwyn Bay, which was completed in November 2018. We worked alongside AHR Architects, Avid Property Consultants, Capita, Arup & main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland.

“RICS judges said the team behind the project had created a state-of-the-art civic complex, relocating significant numbers of staff, and ultimately helping improve the number of businesses establishing in the town centre, with declining vacancy rates”.

Congratulations to all the winners and those shortlisted on the evening.

Hannan project contact: Andrew Carrington –[email protected]

The Smithfield Scheme Transforming the Future of Stoke

The Smithfield Scheme Transforming the Future of Stoke

The £200M Smithfield mixed use quarter in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent is being developed by Genr8 Developments in joint partnership with Stoke City Council.

The development includes the Clayworks build to rent scheme, which Genr8 are developing in partnership with Fortior Homes. Clayworks includes 151 high quality one and two bedroom apartments, providing much needed living spaces in a central location.

The Clayworks Stoke

The Hannan residential team are very pleased to be providing Stage 3 Building Services Design and specification for the Clayworks Development.

We are working alongside Cartwright Pickard Architects, Planit IE and Buro Happold on the design team and Pochin has been appointed as the main contractor.

The overall Smithfield masterplan incorporates Grade A office space, a Hilton Garden Inn hotel, retail and leisure space and new public realm. The scheme provides a crucial link to other existing areas, bringing the city together into a coherent whole and helping to position Stoke as a leading destination to live, work, invest and visit.

The project is under construction and due for completion in late 2019.

Hannan project contact: Steve Bartlett – [email protected]