Our selection of case studies showcase a cross section of recent QODA projects.
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The Conservatory Café, Cliveden
QODA were appointed to provide the MEP services design for the Grade I listed Conservatory Café at Cliveden. 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 and in 1966 the National Trust took over the management of the Estate, opening it to the public. 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. Overheating was a real issue and a challenge to tackle. After producing a thermal comfort assessment, QODA introduced automatic opening roof lights, external louvres, and active cooling hidden within the low-level joinery. The lighting has been kept minimal and sympathetic to the listed beams with white linear fittings. The nature of the building also made smoke detection systems a challenge, as multiple smoke detectors across the building would have opposed the heritage of the building. To combat this, a one beam detector that covers the length of the building was used.
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 has been 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 involves 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. Alterations to the Jermyn St building including the removal of the existing café and expansion of the residential unit and the creation of a new pedestrian passage linking the site to Jermyn Street. Alterations to the Piccadilly building including the creation of a new café at ground floor level, flexible spaces for hire at second and third floor and the removal of the physical link to the Church Creation of a new pavilion building in the gardens to act as a base for outdoor functions. As part of the project QODA have developed upgraded low carbon heat source using Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP). As a result, QODA have developed feasibility options for electrical supply upgrade to ensure the most cost effective solution is achieved without the need for a new substation.
QODA has been appointed as part of the design team to transform and redevelop Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, the childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough, one of the greatest artists in the history of British art. The project will see the renovation and redisplay of the historic house to interpret, entertain and inspire about the artist, his family, and social context. A new, landmark three-storey structure will replace an empty local authority building on a brownfield site next to the house. It will provide spaces for exhibitions, displays and education with four new galleries. It has currently secured £6.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and private donors. A shortfall of £2 million needs to be secured within the next year to keep the project on target. If Gainsborough’s House can secure these funds, the building will open to the public in 2021.
QODA were employed as the M&E Consultants for the South Terrace Conservation Project at Cliveden House. The Grade 1 listed South Terrace was constructed at the time the first house was built in the 1670’s. Since then there have been two further houses on the site after fires and the terrace as it now exists is a structure of a variety of dates. QODA were employed to design and oversee the M&E infrastructure works associated with the project. This included new electrical services and water supplies to the Sounding Chamber, Ferneries, and Cockrell Pavilion, to enable the necessary conservation works to be undertaken and to allow the National Trust to expand the use of these areas in the future.
St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
QODA, as part Purcell’s team, have won a major design competition to transform the Grade 1 listed St Mary Redcliffe church in Bristol. St Mary Redcliffe is one of England’s largest parish churches and is a national landmark and a living church. This £12-15m development project will bring sought after visitor facilities, access for the disabled and a new community hub. The project is part of wider plans to regenerate the area into a new urban village within the city centre.
Winchester Cathedral Deanery
QODA are excited to be working with Nick Cox Architects and providing the M&E Services for the new Deanery project at Winchester Cathedral. Easily recognised by its superb 13th-century vaulted porch with its pointed arches, this building was once the medieval prior’s lodgings. It was substantially rebuilt in the 17th century, but its fine ‘Prior’s Hall’, once his Great Chamber, retains a magnificent timber roof dating from 1459. The project forms part of a bigger plan and includes the reorganisation of the Deanery to provide accommodation for the new Dean, Vergers and open up areas that can be used for educational and commercial purposes. This has resulted in a strategy to decentralise the services, upgrading the infrastructure and integrating a commercial kitchen into the building.
Westminster Abbey, Undercroft Project
QODA have been appointed to provide mechanical and electrical solutions as part of the representation of the Old Museum within the Undercroft. The works include replacement of the ducted mechanical ventilation system and electrical systems to provide a flexible space.
Hartlebury Castle is a Grade 1 listed fortified manor house in north Worcestershire that has been home to the Bishops of Worcester for more than a thousand years. On behalf of our Client, Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust (HCPT) and in conjunction with Rodney Melville & Partners Architects, QODA were appointed to carry out sympathetic services refurbishments and upgrades to the main castle building, including the public entrance, the Hurd Library, the extensive period rooms and improvements to the public café.
Painted Hall, The Old Royal Naval College
The ORNC in Greenwich is one of the most important ensembles in European baroque architecture. QODA have been appointed as part of a team to stabilise and manage the environment within the Painted Hall and provide improvements to the visitor experience. This will include visitor reception, cafeteria, retail and a commercial kitchen. The works are funded through HLF.