2021 Round Up – Awards
3 December 2021
At the beginning of November, we were delighted to see that THREE of our projects were successful at the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards. - Olivier Hall & the Christie Centre, St Edward's School - Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Roof Extension, Old Road Campus, Oxford - St Luke’s Hospital Extension and Improvements, Headington Congratulations to the fantastic teams we worked with on these projects! QODA worked with TSH Architects on the mixed-use development of Olivier Hall & the Christie Centre, St Edward's School. The facilities comprised of a 1000 seat hall, li...
Speed mentoring with CIBSE and UWE Students
2 December 2021
QODA are delighted to have been a part of the speed mentoring pilot event set up by CIBSE Young Engineers Network (YEN) and the Built Environment Society at The University of the West of England (UWE). Our Associate Tom Walkley was there to talk about his role and how he got into design engineering, as well as answering any questions the students had. It was fantastic to work not only with current students but also the two fantastic organisations: The Built Environment Society is a student-led society at UWE for those interested in enriching and enhancing their student exper...
Welcome to our new starters in Bristol!
26 November 2021
A huge welcome to our new starters in our Bristol Office, Maria Valkova and Cecilia Lester! Cecilia joins our QODA Light team and has a degree in Interior Design from the University of the West of England. Maria joins as a graduate engineer. She has a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London and has recently completed her PhD in multifunctional materials. Our Bristol team has already given them a warm welcome with a Thanksgiving-themed lunch.
Welcome to our Graduate Engineers
1 October 2021
A huge welcome to our new Graduate Engineers, Tom Buckingham, Rory Lodge, and Jamie Rose. Tom studied at the University of Southampton and joins our Oxford office. Rory completed his undergraduate degree at Queen Mary University, London, and his Master's at Cardiff University. He joins our Bristol team. Jamie studied at the University of Nottingham and joins our London team. Not only are we delighted to expand our team, but we are also thrilled to be a part of their mentorship and growth as they develop as Engineers.
24 September 2021
Congratulations to Ubaka Attah who's application for CIBSE Member has been approved! As a Principal Engineer, Ubaka is an integral part of the QODA team, working on many innovative projects, and we are delighted that his hard work has been recognised.
20 September 2021
QODA are delighted to be involved in multiple events this week looking at the response to the climate emergency and how to achieve Net Zero Carbon, within Council developments, University buildings, and accommodation buildings. Firstly, Dr Joel Callow will be in conversation with Neill Campbell and Dido Graham of BPTW Architects at the Future of London's Council-Led Housing Forum – Net Zero Carbon Design. Following on from this, Stephen Gallacher is speaking at Stable Event's Education Building Forum with Catherine Fleming of Loughborough University. Finally, Oliver Fuller...
17 September 2021
A huge congratulations to Alex Bunn who has passed his Passivhaus designer course, and is now a Certified Passivhaus Consultant. Alex is part of the wider Net Zero team at QODA and leads the service in our Bristol office. As a Senior Engineer, Alex is working on many of our exciting projects in the South West region. His achievement will not only benefit his current and future projects but will benefit the whole QODA team and our clients as well.
Welcome to our new Zero Carbon team members
13 August 2021
A big welcome to our new team members who have joined our Zero Carbon team in London. Stephen Gallacher joins us as Technical Director, spearheading our Zero Carbon team in our London office, and complimenting the management team throughout QODA. Stephen brings with him over 13 years’ experience of developing energy efficient buildings in the UK. He provides realistic, yet challenging economic energy strategies focussing on efficiency and cost-effective solutions. Lorenzo Patti joins us as a Senior Sustainability Engineer. His approach focuses on supporting the dialogue be...
Climate Change and Construction: The Latest Science
10 August 2021
Our Director and Passivhaus Consultant Joel Callow speaks about climate change and risk following on from yesterday’s IPCC report. Click the link below to view the full thought piece. Climate Change and Construction – The Latest Science...
QODA joins Efficient Building Solutions Group
26 July 2021
We are pleased to announce that we have recently joined forces with Efficient Building Solutions (EBS) group. EBS has a growing portfolio of companies within the energy efficiency/green building sector including building physics consultancy Enhabit, product supplier Green Building Store, and an expanding renewable energy installation and service group, including Go Eco Renewables, and Bright Green Renewables. The Efficient Building Solutions group aims to play a leading role in addressing the climate impact of the UK’s buildings and helping to reduce fuel poverty, by cre...
Welcome to the new members of our Oxfordshire Team!
6 July 2021
QODA is delighted to announce that Ben Wolstenholme and Sean O’Reilly have joined our team in Oxfordshire. Ben joins us as a Principal Mechanical Engineer with a wealth of experience in multiple sectors and detailed knowledge of science & research, higher education, and heritage projects. His attention to detail and care for each design project has helped him to establish strong, ongoing relationships with many esteemed clients. Sean joins us as a Principal Electrical Engineer and brings with him over 20 years of experience. He is used to working with both design team mem...
A Warm Welcome to Chris Lynn!
29 June 2021
We would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome Chris Lynn to the QODA team. Chris has recently taken up the reigns in London and shares our vision for creating a leading consultancy based on high quality service and technical excellence. Chris is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience and a passion for excellence. He is highly collaborative, building trust quickly with clients and design teams alike. He believes in designing buildings for people to thrive, whilst innovating to address the technical challenges of today....
28 June 2021
We are celebrating our ten year anniversary this year and have enjoyed many successes and a few challenges over that time. The biggest of these being the Covid crisis, thankfully, the worst seems to be behind us. The construction industry has warmed up again and things are positive out there. There's a lot to go at and we are now actively developing our business plan for the next ten years! A key part of this is ensuring we can fulfil our ambition and provide opportunity for our people at all levels, whilst continuing to provide a high quality service with zero carbon at its hea...
18 June 2021
Congratulations to Yasser Sweidan who’s application to become a Chartered Engineer via CIBSE has been successful. Yasser joined QODA in December 2019 and has been an integral part of our London office. He has delivered some interesting projects and extended our client base, as well as helping the QODA London team to develop. We are delighted that Yasser’s hard work has paid off and that he has been rewarded with this achievement.
Our Bristol Office is 2!
14 May 2021
The Bristol office has grown from strength to strength over the past two years, starting off with only Oliver Fuller, our office lead on day one, to now having a strong, experienced team. We are proud to have developed and maintained strong relationships with local clients on projects ranging from new build educational facilities to the refurbishment of local landmarks. We are delighted to further grow our relationships in the surrounding areas from Exeter and Cornwall to South Wales and Hereford. We have a fantastic list of exciting projects in the pipeline for the year ahe...
Welcome to the new members of our Bristol Team!
7 May 2021
QODA are delighted to announce that Tom Walkley and Terry Hill have joined our team in Bristol. Tom joins us as a Principal Mechanical Engineer and is a strong advocate of climate action. He utilises his technical knowledge and attention to detail to educate clients and design teams on reducing energy use through engineering design and specification. Terry joins as a Senior Electrical Engineer and is qualified as a Low Carbon Energy Assessor. This provides him with a more rounded knowledge of all aspects of a project and offers a particular benefit for clients and design teams....
Planning Consent Secured for Abingdon Prep School
2 March 2021
QODA are delighted that planning consent has been secured for Abingdon Prep School. The new extension will provide a new music department, CDT and IT facilities, new classrooms, and also enables reorganisation of existing facilities to create a large central library at the heart of the school. This project was initiated as a result of our longstanding relationship with Abingdon School and is part of a recent programme of investment to ensure that Abingdon Preparatory School retains its position as one of the top preparatory schools in the region. For more information on the projec...
St Edwards School Project Video
16 February 2021
QODA are delighted to have been a part of the St Edward's School Hall and Teaching Block mixed use project at the Prestigious boarding school in Oxford, alongside a fantastic design team. The facilities comprised of a 1000 seat hall, library, link areas, and teaching spaces. A careful design, innovative solutions, sustainable strategy, and significant mechanical services incorporating natural ventilation, brought this project together. Watch the video below to take a look at the completed project. For more information on this project or to see further projects that QODA have worke...
Light and Inspiration at the RWA
9 February 2021
QODA are delighted to be appointed as the Building Services, Sustainability Engineer, and Lighting Designers by the Royal West of England Academy of Art for Bristol’s oldest Art gallery redevelopment project. QODA has developed services designs from the initial Client brief through to concept and has been recently re-appointed to develop detail designs. The project will open up the building to attract more visitors and engage more people with art and creativity. The building project will include the remodelling of the building’s exterior; reconfiguration of the café and retai...
Rising Star Finalists
26 January 2021
We’re thrilled that our Bristol office is a Finalist for the Rising Star Category at the Bristol Property Awards this February. Our Bristol team is working on a multitude of projects led by Associate Director Oliver Fuller. With his love of the Bristol area, bringing leadership in sustainable design, the Bristol team has grown to include associates, engineers, and our QODA Light team. Bristol and the South West are a great hub of activity for the design and construction industry. At QODA we are excited to be a part of the evolving and growing landscape that encompasses design consu...