Our selection of case studies showcase a cross section of recent QODA projects.
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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.
St Hilda’s College, Phase 2
QODA are appointed as M&E and Passivhaus consultants for two new student accommodation buildings totalling 80 bedrooms, and a new private residence. Through QODA’s leadership, the scheme is pursuing high levels of sustainability including the use of CLT construction and the Passivhaus standard.
QODA have been appointed as M&E and energy consultants for this refurbishment and extension of the accommodation for the Sisters of the Love of God Convent in Oxford. QODA have worked with MEB design and the design team to develop an energy strategy for the new wing which achieves close to Passivhaus performance. We have been intimately involved in the development of airtight and thermally robust construction details and setting construction standards for the contractor.
University of the West of England (UWE) SAP3
QODA have been appointed as part of the design team lead by architects Stride Treglown, for the UWE SAP3 project which consists of the development of a new 2000 bedroom student accommodation scheme. We have been appointed primarily as the Passivhaus and sustainability consultants on the project, having previously worked with the university to produce a sustainability design guide helping to address their 2030 zero carbon targets. QODA are also appointed for MEP duties which are being carried out as part of a joint venture between ourselves and another consultant.
One of the key drivers we are working on is the requirement for the project to meet Passivhaus standards, as well as looking forward to how the project can help facilitate the ability for the university to achieve its end goal of being zero carbon by 2030. The project is also being carried out to full BIM level 2 requirements.
Kennedy Building, University of Oxford
QODA are the Passivhaus and M&E consultants for the rooftop extension at the University of Oxford. Rather than simply replicating the existing façade, we have developed an alternative design with the architect which greatly reduces heating and cooling demands, as well as achieving excellent internal daylight and comfort. As a result, the building is close to achieving Passivhaus performance. QODA have also inputted into the detailing of the building to deliver an “Airtight Design”, while ensuring that junctions are buildable and thermally robust.
Church of England, Pilot Study
QODA were appointed to undertake a pilot study of four heritage buildings for the Church of England, ranging from C17 to 1960s construction. Using a combination of careful site surveys, existing utility data and building energy models of each site, we identified a range of interventions for each house type, and rated them for CO2-saving potential and viability in a sensitive heritage context, as well as for disruption to building occupants. For each site we calculated likely reduction in carbon footprint, against a ‘do-nothing’ baseline (the amount of CO2 the building would emit if it were simply operated in 2030 as it is today).
Wycliffe Preparatory School
QODA were appointed to provide design and consultancy services as part of the Architect led design team producing the school’s master development plan. This included the design of several buildings including a new £2.5m teaching block, reordering of the Lower Prep School, and providing additional sports changing facilities.
New Dormitory, ACS Cobham
The student experience at ACS must be to the highest standard which is reflected in the recent completion of the 120 bed boarding scheme at ACS Cobham. QODA were appointed as a part of a multi-disciplinary team led by Broadway Malayan Architects following the completion of a strategic campus masterplan. Energy efficiency, consistency in high quality finishes, workmanship, and the speed of construction to allow early occupation were also essential drivers for the school. For these reasons, a modular construction was adopted, allowing all bedrooms and standardised areas to be constructed and fully fitted-out off site.
New Boarding Houses, St Edward’s School
Following on from the appointment for the Lecture Theatre project, QODA were appointed as part of a team to design two new boarding houses at St Edward’s School. These boarding houses were sensitively located within the southern side of the campus adjacent to the sports fields. Each boarding house accommodated 70 bedrooms, House Masters Flats, Common Rooms and other ancillary accommodation. QODA carried out a detailed infrastructure and renewable energy strategy as part of the early concept works, ensuring the agreed solution met the clients and local planning requirements.
Idea Building, ACS Egham
The Ideas Building provides additional teaching accommodation for ACS Egham. The intention is to create a new, whole school, 21st-century learning resource and teaching centre designed to support the IB curriculum, co-located with diploma grade teaching facilities and an SEN unit.
As part of this a dedicated Specialist Education Needs (SEN) unit additional support is offered to students at specific points in the timetable. The inclusion of the SEN spaces in the new building represents a desire to bring them into the heart of the campus in a more visible location. Within the plan for the building, SEN is positioned to offer some privacy, in accordance with advice from teaching staff. These spaces are sized using the recommendations from BB103. The loose furniture will be the differentiating element between these areas and conventional teaching spaces.