Our selection of case studies showcase a cross section of recent QODA projects.

We are an energetic and enthusiastic Design Engineering Consultancy led by highly experienced and talented engineers, working across mechanical, electrical and sustainable areas of building design. To find out more about what we do, check out our case studies below.

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University of Southampton, B60 Gower Building

QODA worked with Oxford-based Architect’s, BGS to repurpose the former campus bookshop into a flexible workspace. The project involved balancing the many needs of the occupiers with the highest levels of comfort possible in a space sandwiched by student accommodation above and retail outlets below. QODA have been investigating the lowest energy solutions to overcome the major problem of overheating experienced in offices. The implementation of Phase Change Material technology is something that greatly interests the university as they have a vested interest in the low running costs afforded by such technologies.

Tribeca

QODA have been appointed to deliver Stages 4, 5 and 6 for the exciting 1,000,000ft2+ new development near Kings Cross Station, known as Tribeca which will be at the heart of the Biotech Knowledge cluster, London. The proposed development includes the demolition of the existing Ugly Brown Building at 2-6 St Pancras Way, London, and the construction of a mixed-use development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Edmonds Park Pavilion, Didcot

QODA were appointed as the Building Services Design Consultant for Edmonds Park Pavilion in Didcot. The sports pavilion is set in 21 acres of outdoor space, in what is the areas flag ship park with a variety of sporting and leisure activities including football, tennis, basketball, outdoor gyms. The Pavilion will host a variety of community and leisure activities throughout the year. The building will provide much needed community space and changing facilities and will include communal areas, changing rooms, kitchen areas and spectator viewing. QODA have worked with LIFE Build Solutions on the project as well as with Oxford Architects and Ridge and Partners LLP.

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Shoemakers Museum

QODA was appointed by Purcell to provide M&E consultancy services for the Shoemakers Museum project, the Grange. The Grange is a grade II listed late 18th-century mansion with a range of grade II listed late 17th-century barns. The Trust was gifted £4 million by one of the Clark family members to rehouse the main shoe museum and to add a café, retail, and other museum visitor facilities.

The refurbishment is looking to increase the amount of archive facilities, add museum space and catering facilities and include other ancillary areas such as meeting rooms and office space.

QODA are also appointed to assist the Trust in exploring low-carbon credentials such as Passivhaus and EnerPHit alongside the optimum means of maintaining functional parts of the existing property.

Loughborough University SportPark

QODA were appointed as the Sustainability, Passivhaus and MEP Consultant via the Perfect Circle Framework for Phase 2 of the Loughborough Sportpark. A 2000m extension to an existing building and targeted Passivhaus ‘Classic’ certification.

While Passivhaus design principles are generally better understood and practised within the industry for standalone residential buildings, they were not currently common usage for large scale commercial buildings and rely on nascent standards in the UK. At the outset of the project there were few successfully completed commercial buildings using Passivhaus in the UK and this presented several challenges.

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Adelaide House, London

Standing on the north-eastern corner of London Bridge, Adelaide House was a tall, innovative and striking building in its day. Built between 1920-1925, the building included new features which are now commonplace; it was the first steel-framed building in the City of London and the first office building in the UK to have centralised ventilation – it even had a roof garden large enough for a putting green, fruit trees, rockeries and beehives. QODA are working for Briggs and Forrester to provide Stage 5 information which will return Adelaide House back into use.

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Handel and Hendrix Museum

QODA LIGHT developed the lighting design for the Hallelujah Project at the Handel and Hendrix Museum. Working alongside Architects Peregrine Bryant and interpretation designers Outside Studios. The project aimed to return the internal spaces back to their original form, as Handel would recognise, whilst improving the visitor’s flow and experience. The lighting design is being sensitively developed, allowing visitors to appreciate the many spaces in an atmosphere akin to the 17th Century whilst ensuring any artworks and artefacts are beautifully lit within a safe yet engaging environment.

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Aldwickbury School, Harpenden

QODA were appointed as M&E services designers for a new development project at Aldwickbury School in Harpenden. Aldwickbury School is an independent all-boys preparatory school located on the outskirts of Harpenden, Hertfordshire, located within greenbelt area. The proposed development comprised of a new Sports Hall facility, c/w maintenance office, workshop, store and staff facilities, a new tractor shed and 2 new 3-bed dwellings.

Ponsbourne Park Farm

QODA were appointed as MEP and Sustainability Engineers by Clear Architects to provide an operational net-zero development following design principles of the Passivhaus Standard. Park Farm is a 35,000sqm multi-use scheme consisting of new buildings and retrofitting historic farm buildings to provide 34 dwellings for locals and flexible multi-use community spaces. The retrofit portion will re-purpose and restore the disused buildings and will include enhancement of the existing historic walls and landscape of the old farm.

QODA Light, our specialist lighting team, developed the external lighting design strategy for the surrounding area and community spaces to provide a safe environment for vehicular and pedestrian transit, whilst ensuring the sensitivity of the surrounding environment is well considered, with light pollution kept to a minimum. QODA carried out the design for site-wide rainwater harvesting, communal irrigation, solar PV farm and electric vehicle charging. The site featured ornamental garden walls, orchard and vegetable patch along with improvement works to a tennis pavilion to create a new coffee / community shop and sports facilities for new villagers. Two strategies were developed to provide suitable, sustainable and economical heating to both the new and retrofit dwellings. The new dwellings were served from a communal ground source water loop connected to de-centralised heat pumps. The existing retrofit dwellings were supplied via a two-stage air source heat pump.

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William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

QODA has been appointed to develop a sensitive and unintrusive solution to environmentally treat the existing art galleries in the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. The particular focus was on humidity and air temperature. The Client appointed QODA on the basis that the whole project would be developed within less than 3 weeks to meet the deadline for the funding application. QODA quickly mobilised a team of engineers spanning several offices (Bristol & Norwich) to quickly carry out a site survey, develop overheating model hold meetings, and provide conceptual designs. QODA managed to provide their designs on time and the Client managed to submit their funding application before the deadline. The project has been a huge success. The interoffice collaboration worked well, and the Client stated that they have been very impressed with QODA’s performance on this project.

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