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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Convent Way

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sherborne House

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 were 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 involved 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.

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Royal West of England Academy

QODA LIGHT worked with the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) and Childs Sulzmann Architects on the ‘Light and Inspiration project’. The project aimed to transform the experience for visitors and communities within the spectacular Grade II* listed building. The magnificent Sharples and Winterstoke galleries benefitted from upgraded lighting with modern flexible systems allowing the artworks to be wonderfully viewed. Additional galleries are also enjoying a similar approach. The lighting for the reception and main circulation routes all benefitted from upgraded lighting, sensitively introduced to complement the interior spaces. A newly refurbished Café and Loggia will also provide new facilities for visitors to the RWA.

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Sherborne House

QODA LIGHT are working with Spase Architects and Sherborne House Trust, developing the lighting design on the Grade I Listed building, which the Trust is seeking to transform 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. One of the may significant features is the staircase, decorated with a magnificent mural painted by Sir James Thornhill, who also worked on the Painted Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, and works at Chatsworth House. We are developing bespoke luminaires to increase the general illuminance levels, whilst also adding discreet display lighting to light the mural.

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Court Place Gardens

QODA have been appointed as the M&E and Passivhaus consultants for a 90-home residential scheme for the University of Oxford. The scheme aims to achieve Net Zero Carbon for the site by adopting the Passivhaus standard, combined with renewable energy systems. In our role as Passivhaus consultant we are advising on massing, form, and construction method for the dwellings, as well as developing a simple and cost-effective approach to renewable energy.

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The Forge, Bradford Street, Birmingham

QODA have been appointed by developers BJD, as Electrical & Sustainability services consultants, for the Forge Development located in Bradford Street, Birmingham. This project comprises of a six-storey apartment block with a total of 165 No one and two bedroom apartments. The site has communal areas, an inner courtyard, and parking. QODA have been appointed by the M&E Contractor to undertake their full MEP detailed design for the development and have carried out the SAP calculations and liaison with the utilities for the new supplies.6