Our selection of case studies showcase a cross section of recent QODA projects.
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King’s Bruton Music School
QODA have been appointed as M&E Design Consultants for the construction of a new Music School at King’s Bruton. The project will provide all of the School’s musical facilities, including teaching & rehearsing space, a recital hall and a fully equipped music technology suite. Our sustainable energy solutions include a combination of natural ventilation, displacement ventilation and underfloor heating, with significant emphasis on providing acoustically appropriate environments.
Castle Hill House, University of Oxford
St Peter’s College recently acquired Castle Hill House for student accommodation. The site gave QODA, working with Design Engine Architects, some unique challenges. Part of the city’s historic fabric, and with numerous level changes, the brief for the building included a Passivhaus approach. The QODA LIGHT team carried out a daylighting study to optimise building massing, room layouts, window sizes and position. Via parametric solar studies we advised on the optimum spacing between buildings to reduce ‘canyon’ effect and the impact of solar energy. A climate-based façade design was then developed to give the occupants the right levels of daylight and sunlight.
SOHO House – Motel & Diner
QODA have been commissioned to design the mechanical, electrical and sustainability strategy for this new build chain of motels and diners. QODA are working closely with the client team at the early stages of the design to ensure their strict design criteria are achieved as well as making provision for central plant and services distribution routes to the bedrooms and core areas.
Bosworth House is a new Head Quarters building for Stepnell Ltd based in Rugby. The building is designed to maximise collaboration and integration whilst maintaining flexibility where required. One of the key design drivers is the atrium which is designed to act as a buffer for the office plates. This drives natural ventilation through stack effect enhancing natural air movement. A mixed mode solution has been adopted to ensure users have flexibility to open windows but good air quality can be maintained. Night cooling and exposed thermal mass can also reduce cooling loads significantly.
Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls
QODA have been appointed as M&E Consultants for the new Performing Arts Centre at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls. The project involves the demolition of the existing gymnasium to construct a facility that can accommodate the Music, Dance and Drama departments. Our sustainable energy solutions include a combination of natural ventilation, displacement ventilation and underfloor heating, with significant emphasis on providing acoustically appropriate environments.
Charterhouse pedestrianisation master plan
As part of the campus-wide pedestrianisation Master Strategy at Charterhouse School, QODA LIGHT were appointed to support the client and design team. The task was to establish a lighting strategy for the Old School, Queens Drive and Dukes Drive areas of the site, which was then broken down to suit the phased programme proposed. Our solution included selecting a family of luminaires that considered the relationships between different areas and reinforced the landscape architect’s designs – all with the added challenge of considering the sensitive historic nature of the buildings and their surroundings.
Ten Trinity Square, Club Suites
Ten Trinity Square is one of London’s landmark buildings. The Grade II Listed building was opened as the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, designed by Sir Edwin Cooper in 1922, and hosted the inaugural assembly of the United Nations in what is now the UN Ballroom. The project involved the conversion of 41 white box apartments into Four Seasons Club Suites and the updating of the main ground floor entrances and entrance lobbies serving the Club Suites. QODA provided MEP design services to alter the base build installation and upgrading of systems to meet the new requirements of the Club Suites. QODA worked closely with a number of interior designers as well as the lead architect to ensure that high levels of finish and quality were met.
333 Banbury Road, Oxford
QODA have been appointed to support Carnegie Developments and TSH Architects to develop the Old Masonic Lodge site in Oxford for d’Overbroeck’s. Planning permission has been granted to provide an education and boarding facility. Accommodation includes education buildings, performance and art facilities and student boarding across two sites. QODA have championed a passive sustainable philosophy for the design.
Painted Hall, The Old Royal Naval College
The ORNC in Greenwich is one of the most important ensembles in European baroque architecture. QODA have been appointed as part of a team to stabilise and manage the environment within the Painted Hall and provide improvements to the visitor experience. This will include visitor reception, cafeteria, retail and a commercial kitchen. The works are funded through HLF.
Rugby School, Dayhouses Project
QODA have been appointed as M&E Consultants for the Rugby School, Dayhouses project. The project consists of an extension of two existing Dayhouses to form: a new winged shared Dayhouse, two first floor dining halls, commercial kitchen, two common rooms and a library at ground floor level. All of the accommodation and halls will face onto a central landscaped courtyard. It is important that the services strategy has flexible solutions which make suitable internal conditions and thermal comfort using naturally ventilated spaces where possible and a low noise design.