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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Chemistry Building, University of Southampton

QODA have completed the design of the engineering services for the refurbishment of the University of Southampton Chemistry Department. The project involves the complete strip out and refurbishment of all existing services within the CL2 Chemistry laboratories, including fume cupboards, and complete install of new. New variable flow fume cupboards and a wind responsive fume extract system. The building was also over clad and detailed modelling is required to ensure that overheating risks are managed was necessary. All this was accomplished whilst the building was operational.

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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Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney

QODA were appointed as M&E services designers for the new standalone teaching facility at Chenderit School. The new eight classroom accommodation split over two floors provides multifunctional teaching space to the school. The works included the demolition and removal of existing facilities including the modification and diversion of site infrastructure. To maximise useful floor area within the footprint, the MEP services design utilises spare capacity within the existing plant in an adjacent building, therefore minimising the size of new plantrooms. Detailed co-ordination using visualisations from 3D modelling tools were key to developing agreed servicing strategies which included, suspended acoustic rafts concealing localised ventilation and other room mounted services.

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Science Laboratories, Lord Wandsworth College

QODA have been appointed as MEP, sustainability, and POE/Soft Landings consultants for the new Science Laboratories at the College. Sustainability and POE aspects of the project are essential to the school to ensure that the laboratories achieve the schools ambition for low-energy in use, as well as excellent internal environmental quality. Work includes building massing advice, façade optimisation, extensive thermal modelling, and climate-based daylight modelling of all spaces to ensure exemplary performance.

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Radcliffe Science Library, University of Oxford

QODA have been appointed as MEP, Fire, Acoustics, and Passivhaus consultants to Radcliffe Science Library by the University of Oxford. The Radcliffe Science Library is a Grade II listed building in the heart of Oxford and is the University’s primary library for engineering and science. The building consists of two levels of basement, constructed in the 1970s, and three storeys of library and seminar space constructed in 1933 and 1890. The major refurbishment constitutes the complete replacement of all of the mechanical, electrical, and public health services and the construction of an environmentally controlled artefact store within the two levels of basement. QODA are currently working closely with the University’s sustainability and buildings teams to adopt a Passivhaus approach in the basement areas and detailed cost and carbon emission studies are currently being completed to determine the extent of remedial works in this area.

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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.

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Balliol College

QODA were employed as part of a team to carry out the Mechanical & Electrical works involved in the refurbishment of the existing Porters Lodge. They wanted to increase security but also improve the flow of staff, students, and visitors to the College. As the Porters Lodge is one of the key focal points for alarm notifications and security of the College it was important that all functions were kept operational at all times. A temporary porters lodge had to be created in the courtyard and all existing functions moved temporarily across during the works and then reinstated on completion.

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Sinclair Building Phase 2, Oxford Brookes University

QODA have been appointed to complete the design for the refurbishment of the Sinclair Building at Oxford Brookes. This involves the remaining third, fourth and ground floors remodelled into modern teaching, research and study space for the University’s health and life sciences activity. The project is being completed to BIM Level 2.

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St Edmund Hall

QODA have been engaged as electrical services designers to replace the old existing LV Distribution system. The project includes developing a new distribution strategy for the site, detailing and co-ordinating builder’s works, production of drawings, specifications, and schedules. QODA are currently working on Phase 2 of the works which involves upgrading the electrical supplies to the kitchen.

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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.