Our selection of case studies showcase a cross section of recent QODA projects.
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Charterhouse School, Dining Hall, Café Building
QODA were appointed as M&E Engineers for a project to improve the schools dining and café facilities. The project offered various challenges due to the area being within the heart of the school. The designs had to be carefully considered due to the sensitive nature of the building and minimise input of the school’s day to day operation.
Flying Boat Hangar Annexes
QODA were appointed by the Milford Haven Port Authority to develop M&E and sustainability designs for the newly built office annexes within the existing East and West Hangars in Pembroke Port. The project consisted of the demolition of one office building and re-erection of another within the enlarged building footprint along with the complete refurbishment of three existing grade II listed office annexes. The project involves significant site enabling works to ensure any existing buildings on site and Hangars remain operational during the Annexes project construction. The new offices have been designed with a low carbon, fully electric heating, Air Source Heat Pump system.
Royal West of England Academy (RWA)
QODA were appointed as building services and sustainability engineers alongside QODA Light who were appointed as lighting designers for the Light and Inspiration Project at the Royal West of England Academy of Arts (RWA). The project aimed to transform the experience for visitors and communities within the spectacular Grade II* listed building. The RWA provides an extensive programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, talks, and lectures, providing great art for everybody, and promoting the understanding and enjoyment of art for the widest possible audience.Read More
QODA has been working with Bell Phillips Architects for Sevenoaks District Council on a new residential development, Bevan Place in Swanley. The site aims to be a landmark development, creating a precedent for sustainable homes in the area. QODA have been carrying out the mechanical, electrical, and sustainability designs for the mixed-use residential and commercial areas. By implementing high-performing fabric standards alongside the use of ambient loop two stage heat pumps we have been able to create a 74% saving in carbon emissions above the baseline Part L, with 68% of the regulated energy generated on-site using low carbon energy sources. By working closely with the architect in the early stages of design, we were able to highlight how to create a high-performing building whilst also reducing the chance of overheating through different glazing options, thus taking advantage of solar gains during winter but mitigating the need for active cooling during summer.
140 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park
Milton Park is one of the largest mixed use business estates in Europe and is home to a wide range of companies leading the way in the hi-tech, innovative and R&D industries. The scheme at 140 Eastern Avenue involved the infilling and development of Ground Floor with cafe, conference and meeting facilities, improved reception and entrance, serviced offices, and associated core facilities. Level 1 and Level 2 have been refurbished with serviced offices, associated core facilities, meeting rooms, co-working space, and break-out space. The building has been provided with high efficiency LED lighting, bespoke IT infrastructure, and server rooms, which all targeted BREEAM ‘Excellent’.
QODA have been commissioned by Hill Construction to collect construction evidence for Passivhaus certification for the Agar Grove Estate redevelopment Phase 1C. Originally built in the 1960’s, Agar Grove forms part of Camden Council’s Community Investment Programme and aims to promote a ‘fabric-first’ approach to improve energy performance. The new homes will be built to achieve Passivhaus certification, and the scheme is set to become the UK’s largest residential Passivhaus development when all works are complete. The development will replace low rise social housing blocks clustered around an eighteen-storey tower served by its own shop and café, with a range of house types including maisonettes and tower block flats. Emphasis has been placed upon creating liveable spaces between homes and improved pedestrian, cycle, and vehicle connectivity across the site. Once all phases of the regeneration are complete the housing capacity will almost double.
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 was appointed in 2019 to provide MEP design services for the Grade I listed Conservatory which houses a café. 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. 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, being the home of a Prince of Wales, two Dukes, and an Earl.Read More