Our selection of case studies showcase a cross section of recent QODA projects.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Besse Building, St Edmund Hall
QODA have been appointed by St Edmund Hall to complete the transformational refurbishment and upgrade of the Besse building on the High street, Oxford. The existing Grade 2 Listed building occupies a prominent site in Oxford and consists of student accommodation over retail units The project is being completed to a tight budget and programme, and the QODA team have worked closely with the St Edmund Hall’s Estates team to ensure the key aspirations, including sustainability measures, for the project are achieved.
Health Sciences Building, University of Southampton
QODA have been appointed to complete the design of the engineering services for the refurbishment of the University of Southampton Health Sciences Building. This will include the internal refurbishment of a four-storey University building to accommodate the relocation of the School of Health Sciences. This project has involved the design of above and below ground drainage, air conditioning, controls, chilled water, domestic hot and cold water, gas, heating, medical gases, and ventilation systems. The ten existing ventilation systems have been modified and the project includes two new AHUs, a new chiller, and condensers to provide heating and cooling via DX coils to all ventilation plant.
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.
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.