New Client: Lancashire County Cricket Club

New Client: Lancashire County Cricket Club

We are very pleased to be a part of the team delivering the next phase of redevelopment at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground for Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Red Rose Grandstand include an 86 bedroom, 9 suite hotel extension, which will occupy the upper four floors above a new 1000 seat stand. The lower two floors will include retail space, a ticket office, museum facilities as well as a members lounge. External works include the realignment of Brian Statham Way with the adjacent public realm areas, which forms part of Trafford Council’s Civic Quarter masterplan .

 Plans have been approved by Trafford Council and construction is scheduled to start early next year.

Hannan Associates are providing Building Services Engineering and Utilities Infrastructure consultancy services for the project and are working alongside Chroma Consulting, BDP Architects, Paul Butler Associates, TowerEight and Marston & Grundy on this project.

Hannan Associates have been involved in the design of stadia and training grounds, both new build and existing for 30 years.

If you would like to talk to us about a future project please give us a call or drop us an email….

Ian Joyce

Ian Joyce

Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Meet the Team Q&A: John Walker

Meet the Team Q&A: John Walker

Name: John Walker

Role: Director & Electrical Design Engineer

How did you become a building services engineer? 

I was interested in architecture, interiors, physics, engineering and Sound. I didn’t think I had the artistic ability for architecture and because I really enjoyed problem solving I chose engineering. I almost got a job as a sound engineer with the BBC which would have taken my life on a really different path. I started as a trainee electrical building services engineer after leaving school and studied part time eventually getting my degree with the open university.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

The variety in construction keeps you interested. Every project is different and the environment keeps changing. Low carbon buildings have made our role more interesting. Buildings have also become much more technically advanced over the years. One of my other early ambitions was to have my own business and I have achieved that at Hannan Associates. I like being in medium size company because everyone has a real influence rather than being part of a large corporate machine.

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

I don’t really have any favourite projects it’s more about enjoying working in good teams. I have been fortunate to work in situations where the same team has worked together on projects spanning a number of years. The trust and understanding you build with everyone makes the challenges more enjoyable.

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

When I first started in the industry we were drawing with pens, producing document on typewriters and communicating with the design team using letters in the post. Response times were around 1-2 weeks to get a reply to your letter. The photocopier took up an entire room in the basement and there was no internet, email or mobile phones. MS windows didn’t exist so when you switched on a computer it was just blank screen. I used write software programs for some the calculations we were doing for lighting.

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

Getting together with friends and family and having a laugh. Food – at home and in restaurants. Outdoor activities – walking, cycling, skiing, open water swimming. Travel – exploring the world and other cultures. Music, Cinema and Art.

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

Working in a cool little bar on a beach somewhere

John Walker

John Walker

Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

DfP Framework Officially Launched

DfP Framework Officially Launched

New office developments and refurbishment projects in the UK will now be able to officially register their schemes under the Design for Performance framework.

The Design for Performance initiative was devised by The Better Buildings Partnership alongside the highly successful Australian NABERS programme to help close the well-known ‘energy performance gap.’ The framework provides the UK with an approach to office building design based on measurable performance outcomes rather than solely using design based criteria to assess a building’s impact.  

Once a project signs a Design for Performance Agreement and sets a target NABERS Energy rating they can then promote their target rating to investors and occupiers, demonstrating the project’s commitment to sustainability and net zero carbon targets. The project is then required to be designed to meet the proposed energy rating targets using advanced simulation modelling.

 

The launch of NABERS UK and DFP comes at a critical time, as the built environment comes under increasing pressure to meet net zero carbon targets.

As part of our role as Building Services Engineers we have been increasingly helping clients design office buildings which will target a NABERS UK Energy Rating & UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon targets by undertaking Design for Performance standard advanced simulation modelling during the design process.

We 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 the 14 office developments in the UK which have been pioneering the Design for Performance initiative.

 

Ralli Quays

If you would like to talk 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

Jamie Hall

Jamie Hall

Director

Email: ja[email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Next Phase of Rochdale Town Centre Approved

Next Phase of Rochdale Town Centre Approved

The next phase of regeneration plans for Rochdale town centre have been approved by Rochdale Council.

The proposed plans for the mixed-use scheme being delivered by Genr8 Developments and Kajima in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Development Agency, feature two blocks of apartments for private rent, a Hampton by Hilton hotel and a 44,000 sq ft office. The scheme will be constructed next to Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development, which opened in 2020.

Hannan Associates are very pleased to be part of Gener8’s team for the ongoing regeneration of Rochdale Town Centre providing Building Services Engineering, BREEAM and Infrastructure consultancy.

Other members of the team include Cartwright Pickard, KKA Architecture, AEW Architects, Planit IE, Arcadis, Curtins Consulting and the main contractor is Willmott Dixon.

Once a thriving boom town of the industrial revolution and birthplace of the co-operative movement, Rochdale’s history, architecture and geographic location make it an important Greater Manchester town. However, following the decline of its cotton mills and manufacturing industry the town suffered economic downturn and neglect.

In a bid to turn the fortunes of this town around, Rochdale Borough Council have been actively working to improve the town centre for shoppers, visitors and businesses with a £250 million regeneration programme.

Hannan Associates have over 35 years’ experience of urban regeneration projects, working with clients and design teams to develop strategic Building Services Engineering, Infrastructure and Sustainability solutions that help transform previously neglected areas of our towns and cities.

If you would like to talk to us about a future project please give us a call or drop us an email….

John Walker

John Walker

Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

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 chose 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 comes 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