Our selection of case studies showcase a cross section of recent QODA projects.
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Cambridge Investment Partnership
QODA were appointed as MEP and Passivhaus Consultants working alongside Cambridge Investment Partnership and professional team across nine sites in Cambridgeshire, totalling over 775 new dwellings. Achieving Passivhaus accreditation for all the dwellings is a key objective. QODA’s Passivhaus designers led the conceptual design, fully committed to a fabric first approach to energy efficiency and low carbon approaches to architectural, structural, and building services design strategies. QODA’s in-house expertise and close coordination with MEP engineering strategies provide sustainable design solutions enhancing the Passivhaus design. The Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) modelling is key in monitoring the design development and sustainability, including Photovoltaic panels generating solar power for hot water and heating with feed-in tariffs back to the National Grid. QODA continues to advise on local and global pollution issues, health and wellbeing, human-centric design, and creating social value in the community.
Perrot Court, Elizabeth College, Guernsey
The project involved the refurbishment of a 30-year-old concrete frame commercial building into a modern College building which is fully integrated with the larger campus via a new pedestrian and services link bridge. The building also includes four levels of underground car parking which were also refurbished with new services as part of the project. The large deep span floor plans meant the existing building had deep dark floor plans which QODA overcame by creating new lightwells and a large atrium via the new glazed entrance into the building. The project involved the strip out of around 80% of the existing services which were replaced with new more efficient services. The project was refurbished in phases (lower car parks & habitable levels) which meant QODA had to approach the services with caution to ensure no unplanned or long services disruptions to the live parts of the building.
QODA have been working with The Harwell Campus Construction & Development team, along fantastic professional teams including Bidwells, Faithful & Gould, and Allies & Morrison Architects, on a new speculative, multi-occupier, multi-use building. The building will provide accommodation to various tenants incorporating a multitude of uses including office spaces, advanced manufacturing, and science & research applications. QODA are excited about the opportunity to push the envelope of low energy & low carbon design with this building. This aligns with the previous studies we have been involved with at the Harwell Campus to set low energy/carbon standards for future projects to be tracked against. QODA have been investigating the possibility of utilising vacuum drainage to vastly reduce water usage but to also give tenants much improved flexibility within their premises.
The Conservatory Café, Cliveden
QODA were appointed to provide the MEP services design for the Grade I listed Conservatory Café at Cliveden. Designed in 1851 by Charles Barry, famous for designing the Palace of Westminster, the current building is the third house on the site, the previous two having burned down. Cliveden has a colourful past and in 1966 the National Trust took over the management of the Estate, opening it to the public. Due to the listed status of the building the services had to be carefully planned and coordinated, meaning various areas of joinery at low level and within the new roof structure was utilised. Overheating was a real issue and a challenge to tackle. After producing a thermal comfort assessment, QODA introduced automatic opening roof lights, external louvres, and active cooling hidden within the low-level joinery. The lighting has been kept minimal and sympathetic to the listed beams with white linear fittings. The nature of the building also made smoke detection systems a challenge, as multiple smoke detectors across the building would have opposed the heritage of the building. To combat this, a one beam detector that covers the length of the building was used.
QODA have been appointed as MEP and Sustainable Engineers for the 1000 dwellings masterplan at Convent Way, which spans across 5 phases. The project is trying to set a new urban dwelling standard for the London Borough of Hillingdon in terms of integrating Passivhaus design, landscaping, sustainable transport, and building quality. Car parking will be covered with podiums to create a healthy and vibrant community. QODA are designing a communal ambient heat network to provide maximum benefit to the client with respect to plant capital expenditure and space consumption, while trying to minimise tenant bills. The 2 stage reversible heat pump and passive design features will maximise thermal comfort now, while also meeting the climate challenges of 2050 and 2080 with minimal refurbishment.
St Peter’s College, University of Oxford
Under QODA’s leadership, St Peter’s College committed to the Passivhaus Low Energy Building standard as a key approach to delivering their sustainable building aspirations. QODA were appointed as Passivhaus Consultants for the project, guiding the design team to develop a compliant scheme. This has involved influencing the construction system, the façade design, as well as dealing with complexities including the proximity of historic structures, façade noise issues, and stringent planning targets, which were comfortably met by the Passivhaus approach. The approach has also led to the simplification of the M&E design, in particular, the proposed use of electric heating, which eliminates the need for wet heating pipework and boilers. The overheating risk has been carefully considered for the project, leading to a thermal strategy consisting of secure ventilation through screened openings, thermal mass, optimised glazing design (including deep reveals for shading), and the option for future cooling to be added through the air system allowing resilience to climate change.
Learning Centre – Kew Gardens
QODA are providing Passivhaus consultancy and MEP design for the new Learning Centre at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. The project is set to be pioneering and plant-based as well as achieving Passivhaus Premium standard. The project comprises of a range of classrooms, labs, offices, and a seminar space to provide an inspiring learning experience to visitors. QODA are currently developing the design to take full advantage of the low energy aspirations of the project, including demand-based mixed mode ventilation and natural cooling, reversible heat pumps within the main air handling system, rainwater harvesting and PV. QODA are working closely with the Architect, Hazle McCormack Young (HMY), to guide the built form by developing a range of dynamic models in order to achieve BREEAM exemplary daylighting in tandem with exceptional energy and overheating performance.
Brunel University – AMCC3 (BCAST)
Brunel University are developing a new Advanced Metals Casting Centre research facility for the research institute: Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST). This represents a further third phase to the development of the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC 1) and Advanced Metal Processing Centre (AMCC 2) at Brunel University London. QODA have been appointed as MEP service designers at Brunel University for the refurbishment of the south end of the Russell Building as well as an extension project to create space for a new lab within the existing AMPC workshop. The development consolidates the original BCAST facilities at the western end of the campus and the Science Park. The recent development will aid communication and connectivity in research, in addition to freeing up space within the central campus location. The purpose of the BCAST Laboratory facilities are to bridge the gap between fundamental research and industrial applications, supporting the UK manufacturing sector by conducting research and development in resource efficient processing of high performance alloys for automotive applications. Together with the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Liquid Metal Engineering (LiME), BCAST will provide high performance light alloys and resource efficient processing technologies to meet the long and mid-term needs of the automotive industry.Read More
QODA are supporting the Sherborne House Trust to transform Sherborne House into an accessible events and art exhibition venue. Featuring a café and restaurant, the building is also set to boast an additional flexible office, artists’ studio, and workshop space, whilst a contemporary multifunction rear extension has also been proposed. The Trust’s restoration will provide Sherborne with an excellent arts facility, and it will also secure the long-term financial viability of the house.
St. James’s Church, Piccadilly – Wren project
QODA has been appointed to develop full MEP and sustainability design for St James’s Church, vestry, rectory, courtyard and garden are located in the St James’s area of Westminster. The site is bounded by Piccadilly to the north and Jermyn Street to the south. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Church is Listed at Grade I. The project involves repairs and alterations to the Church which may include a new underfloor heating system, a new southern access, and architectural grade 1 listed original lighting upgrade. Alterations to the Jermyn St building including the removal of the existing café and expansion of the residential unit and the creation of a new pedestrian passage linking the site to Jermyn Street. Alterations to the Piccadilly building including the creation of a new café at ground floor level, flexible spaces for hire at second and third floor and the removal of the physical link to the Church Creation of a new pavilion building in the gardens to act as a base for outdoor functions. As part of the project QODA have developed upgraded low carbon heat source using Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP). As a result, QODA have developed feasibility options for electrical supply upgrade to ensure the most cost effective solution is achieved without the need for a new substation.