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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University of Southampton, B60 Gower Building

QODA worked with Oxford-based Architect’s, BGS to repurpose the former campus bookshop into a flexible workspace. The project involved balancing the many needs of the occupiers with the highest levels of comfort possible in a space sandwiched by student accommodation above and retail outlets below. QODA have been investigating the lowest energy solutions to overcome the major problem of overheating experienced in offices. The implementation of Phase Change Material technology is something that greatly interests the university as they have a vested interest in the low running costs afforded by such technologies.

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Aldwickbury School, Harpenden

QODA were appointed as M&E services designers for a new development project at Aldwickbury School in Harpenden. Aldwickbury School is an independent all-boys preparatory school located on the outskirts of Harpenden, Hertfordshire, located within greenbelt area. The proposed development comprised of a new Sports Hall facility, c/w maintenance office, workshop, store and staff facilities, a new tractor shed and 2 new 3-bed dwellings.

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University of Winchester – West Downs Student Village

QODA was appointed by the University of Winchester to conduct a summary of energy and carbon savings achievable with upgrades to the fabric and services of the West Downs Student Village buildings. We conducted a decarbonisation feasibility study that also prioritised the most practical building improvement options; we tailored a bronze, silver and gold package of works alongside proposals for internal fit-outs to improve the student experience, occupant comfort and the carbon intensity of the buildings. The gold package feasibility study analysed how the buildings could achieve the EnerPHit Standard which is considered the most stringent target for refurbishment projects an190d was developed by the Passivhaus Institute.

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18 Bardwell Road – St John’s College

QODA has undertaken the refurbishment of 18 Bardwell Road, Oxford for St’ John’s College. This project involved creating 24 new bedrooms to house student graduate rooms. Working with TSH Architects, QODA acted as MEP & Sustainability Consultants, creating the detailed Stage 4 MEP Design focusing on delivering a low carbon & sustainable strategy. This included the installation of high-efficiency ASHP’s, Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, and PV Panels.

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DfE Minet School, Uxbridge

QODA worked with the main contractor within the DfE framework for School to deliver an MEP design with a complex existing building subject to a major refurbishment. The team worked closely to provide cost effective solutions for the Main Contractor and too a proactive approach to coordination with the rest of the design team. The scheme was fully BIM Level 2 compliant and we tailored our appointment to exactly the requirements of the Main Contractor.

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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 developed a new Advanced Metals Casting Centre research facility for the research institute: Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST). This represented 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 were 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.

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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.