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Industry involvement.

STEM Ambassadors.

Earlier this year, Jemma Halliwell received the 2* STEM Ambassador certificate for completing between 5-9 activities in 2016-2017. This included giving up time on a Saturday to volunteer at a monthly science club for over 14s at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes.

New London Awards.

We proudly sponsored this year’s NLA awards, which saw London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan in attendance. We advised on the sustainability category of the awards, which celebrate excellent design in London.

CIBSE Building Simulation Group.

Prof Darren Woolf, our Head of Building Physics, has become Chair of CIBSE Building Simulation Group. One of the primary activities for the group at the moment is the organisation of seminars and a ‘prize event’ for industrial projects at the upcoming Build2Perform flagship event for CIBSE. The group is also hosting an initiative to look into industry certification requirements in the area of building simulation.


Our Performance group has been busy:

Eimear Moloney has been invited to join a steering group for a new CIBSE Technical Memorandum relating to energy and overall building performance: The Total Performance Gap.

Roger Macklin presented at a CIBSE Energy Group ‘Power Hour’ on metering called Metering for Fame, Fortune and Happiness. He will also be peer reviewing a new CIBSE code of practice on ground source heat pumps (GSHP).

Lighting a lock-up.

Prisons might not be the happiest places but it doesn’t mean they have to be lit like Victorian dungeons. One of our projects – HMP Berwyn – was featured in the Custodial Review as the UK’s first 100% LED prison. As a modern rehabilitative establishment, HMP Berwyn avoids feeling too institutional, providing a healthy level of light for people who don’t get as much time outside as others.


Phil Butler achieved CEng with CIBSE.

Hannah Shepherd achieved EngTech with CIBSE.


It’s getting hot in here, so… design your buildings with the future climate in mind.*

Led by Nick Cullen, we’ve been putting together some Design for Future Climate reports, which have become very relevant with all the recent press around overheating in buildings.

Innovate UK’s £5 million Design for Future Climate competition was set up to encourage the incorporation of climate change adaptation in the design of real construction and refurbishment projects in the UK. The programme aimed to build climate adaptation expertise within the UK building profession, and to provide evidence of the commercial advantages of considering future climate adaptation in both new-build and refurbishment projects.

Innovate UK has now partnered with the UK Green Building Council to take the research forward.

*We would like to reassure you that Innovate UK came up with that nod to Nelly’s 2002 hot single, not us.

Project SEED.

If you’re heading to Digital Construction Week in October, make sure you check out the Project SEED - Multisensory VR Experience. Presented by Juan Ferrari, Karam Bhamra, and Paulie Roche, Project SEED is an installation designed by British artist Wolfgang Buttress to commemorate the original Bramley Apple tree. The tree was planted more than 200 years ago, but is now dying of a fungal disease. Our specialist Audiovisual, Lighting Design and 3D visualisation teams collaborated with the artist to help bring the vision for the project to life, and have created a multi-sensory interactive VR experience.


Kirkstall Forge won at the Housing Design awards for the first phase of residential projects.

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire won the Education Acoustics category at the ANC awards.

We have been shortlisted for CIBSE Employer of the Year award. We’ll be heading to the Young Engineers Awards ceremony on 11 October at the IMechE, where the winner will be announced.