SIMPLICITY IN DESIGN

☰ MENU
×

M&E Engineers’ impact on Manchester’s redevelopment

Robert Whetham Associates are leading M&E engineers based in Manchester. Mechanical and electrical services are key to any construction project. As M&E design consultants in Manchester, we have played a pivotal role in the success of many local and national construction developments.

 

The Manchester property scene is undergoing major change

 

Manchester has experienced a property build and redevelopment boom over the last decade that is set to continue throughout 2021 and beyond. Skyscrapers, office blocks and apartment buildings will continue to transform Manchester’s ever-changing skyline.

As MEP consultants (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) based in Manchester, Robert Whetham Associates are proud to be involved in this key period of change for the city. The majority of the redevelopment that will require the services of M&E engineers is in areas that have been earmarked for regeneration for some time such as Deansgate, Mayfield and NOMA.

Some of our own recent projects include Manchester Metropolitan University, Coventry Fire Station and Harter Street Apartments in Manchester City Centre. We have contributed to these, and other projects, either as M&E engineers, M&E design consultants, mechanical design consultants or electrical services consultants.

 

M&E Engineers’ impact on Manchester’s redevelopment
 

How we get involved

 

Our involvement in each project varies. We can project manage, or collaborate with other contractors under the leadership of the client or their nominated main contractor. With almost two decades of experience as M&E engineers in Manchester, the value to the client of our involvement soon becomes obvious. Our tenacity in finding solutions to problems that may initially appear insurmountable can save considerable time and cost.

Expertise in mechanical and electrical services offers a significant benefit to any construction site. Whether it’s a small project or a major development, mechanical design consultants bring innovation and practical solutions to refurbishments or new build developments that are transforming city spaces.

 

M&E Engineers’ impact on Manchester’s redevelopment

 

How can we help?

 
For expert help and advice from time-served M&E engineers in Manchester, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham. We’d be delighted to share our experience and industry insight to assist with both local and national projects.

Designing a nett zero carbon rated building

Zero carbon building design is a gradual, strategic process focused on energy savings, practical end-user functionality and stunning features.

Robert Whetham Associates are Mechanical & Electrical Design Consultants. We collaborate with contractors on a range of projects across many sectors, with increasing focus on nett zero carbon rated building projects.

What is the process in designing a nett zero carbon rated building?

We begin with design measures to reduce the energy consumption, and therefore carbon emissions.

Passive design measures

There are several passive design measures that can be implemented to reduce energy consumption.

Building fabric improvement

This involves the improvement of U-values which is the rate of transfer of heat through a structure. Measured in W/m²K, the lower the U-value, the better insulated the structure is.

 

Designing a nett zero carbon rated building

Daylighting strategy

Maximising daylighting levels with full height glazing reduces the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.

Solar shading

Solar shading with devices such as Brise Soleil, deflects direct sunlight and significantly reduces heat gain through large glass doors and windows, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning systems.

Ventilation

We facilitate natural ventilation by installing windows that can be easily opened, reducing the need for mechanical ventilation which consumes energy.

Other passive design measures

As well as the core measures above, to reduce energy consumption we would also consider:

– The site location
– Site weather
– Any microclimate
– Building layout
– Building orientation – positioning against seasonal variations such as the sun’s path or prevailing winds
– Building occupancy type

 

Designing a nett zero carbon rated building

Baseline Model

From the passive design exercise, we derive a baseline model. This will typically include a gas fired boiler or other heating source.

The baseline model is a clearly defined project plan and fixed reference point to measure a project’s progress. It will include passive design measures and the proposed servicing strategy, but without any low zero carbon (LZC) technology incorporated.

Estimated baseline energy demand

An estimated baseline energy demand, energy cost, and regulated greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions will be calculated for the proposed building from the baseline modelling exercise.

The potential impact of LZC technologies

The next stage is to evaluate the energy and cost impact of potentially suitable LZC technologies against the baseline model. Typically, the possible LZC technologies to be considered and evaluated would be:

– District heating from a centralised location through a system of insulated pipes
– Combined heating and power (CHP) plant where the heat boils water to make steam, which drives a power source (maybe a turbine) to make a generator create electricity
– Solar photovoltaic panels (PV)
– Solar thermal hot water
– Wind turbines
– Biomass boilers
– Air source heat pumps
– Ground source heat pumps
– Water source heat pumps
– Hydropower

The impact of incorporating the chosen LZC technologies, and the savings they create against the baseline model, are then assessed. Recommendations are made based on the results of the assessment, which are then incorporated into the design.

Robert Whetham, Managing Director Comments.

“We undertake a range of mechanical and electrical design projects spanning Education, Healthcare, Industrial and Commercial and the Emergency Services. We are currently undertaking a number of zero carbon building projects, for example Crewe Fire Station.”

 

Designing a nett zero carbon rated building

The result of the process

The end result of the above process is energy efficient buildings. Nett zero carbon building design is a complex process, but the mandate for energy efficiency is clear.

Nett zero carbon buildings require strategic planning and an eye for appealing design. The key is to find the sweet spot of outstanding energy efficiency and impressive end-user benefits.

Can we help?

For expert help or advice in constructing a nett zero carbon building, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham Associates. We design building services for new build nett zero carbon buildings, and facilitate a reduction in the carbon emissions of existing buildings.

 

Mechanical and electrical design consultants in key sectors

Robert Whetham Associates are Mechanical and Electrical Design Consultants. We work primarily within the education, healthcare, industrial and commercial sectors, as well as for the emergency services and railways.

Each of these sectors presents different challenges for Mechanical and Electrical Design Consultants. The mechanical and electrical services design, whether it’s for a new build or restoration project, is central to its construction and intended use.

When you consider the extent of mechanical and electrical services in a building or development, it’s easy to appreciate how central the role of the mechanical and electrical design consultant is. At a very basic level, the M&E design consultant is responsible for the location and function of the mechanical infrastructure, heating, ventilation, power supply, power distribution, telecoms, IT, control systems etc.

 

Mechanical and electrical design consultants in key sectors

 

Education and healthcare

In education and healthcare, there is a heavy footfall and constant use of services. For healthcare it’s a 24/7 demand. The mechanical and electrical design consultant needs to prepare for all eventualities, so must fully understand the requirements and pressures on the building. Robert Whetham Associates are experts in these fields, so can offer the client valuable insight from previous experience.

Industrial and commercial

Clients within the industrial and commercial sectors each have unique requirements. A mechanical and electrical design consultant might need to design the mechanical and electrical services for a large industrial unit, an office block, a high rise building, apartments, hospitality and many other types of building. These all have different specifications to adhere to. How designs are applied to renovations also presents different challenges to new builds.

Mechanical and electrical design consultants in key sectors

 

Emergency services and railways

In fire stations, the mechanical and electrical services need to handle the extraction of smoke and combustion generated in training sessions, while meeting environmental criteria and air quality standards. Robert Whetham Associates have the experience in this area to facilitate these requirements within safety guidelines.

In the railway industry, Robert Whetham Associates are one of very few M&E design consultants who are RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) accredited. This gives clients in the railway industry confidence in our supply and installation of mechanical and electrical services, knowing that our expertise has been endorsed by a trusted industry organisation.

How can we help?

For expert help and advice from time-served Mechanical and Electrical Design Consultants, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham.

M&E Engineers impact on Manchester’s redevelopment

Robert Whetham Associates are leading M&E engineers based in Manchester. Mechanical and electrical services are key to any construction project. As M&E design consultants in Manchester, we have played a pivotal role in the success of many local and national construction developments.

 

Robert Whetham Associates are leading M&E engineers based in Manchester. Mechanical and electrical services are key to any construction project. As M&E design consultants in Manchester, we have played a pivotal role in the success of many local and national construction developments.

 

The Manchester property scene is undergoing major change

Manchester has experienced a property build and redevelopment boom over the last decade that is set to continue throughout 2021 and beyond. Skyscrapers, office blocks and apartment buildings will continue to transform Manchester’s ever-changing skyline.

As MEP consultants (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) based in Manchester, Robert Whetham Associates are proud to be involved in this key period of change for the city. The majority of the redevelopment that will require the services of M&E engineers is in areas that have been earmarked for regeneration for some time such as Deansgate, Mayfield and NOMA.

Some of our own recent projects include Manchester Metropolitan University, Coventry Fire Station and Harter Street Apartments in Manchester City Centre. We have contributed to these, and other projects, either as M&E engineers, M&E design consultants, mechanical design consultants or electrical services consultants.

 

M&E Engineers’ impact on Manchester’s redevelopment

 

How we get involved

Our involvement in each project varies. We can project manage, or collaborate with other contractors under the leadership of the client or their nominated main contractor. With almost two decades of experience as M&E engineers in Manchester, the value to the client of our involvement soon becomes obvious. Our tenacity in finding solutions to problems that may initially appear insurmountable can save considerable time and cost.

Expertise in mechanical and electrical services offers a significant benefit to any construction site. Whether it’s a small project or a major development, mechanical design consultants bring innovation and practical solutions to refurbishments or new build developments that are transforming city spaces.

How can we help?

For expert help and advice from time-served M&E engineers in Manchester, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham. We’d be delighted to share our experience and industry insight to assist with both local and national projects.

Why MEP design consultants are essential for building projects

Robert Whetham are MEP design consultants based in Manchester. We work on a wide range of building projects across a variety of sectors such as education, healthcare, industrial and commercial and emergency services.

 

Why MEP design consultants are essential for building projects

 

What are MEP design consultants?

 

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing design consultants provide engineering expertise to create and manage the MEP systems of a building.

Mechanical: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, heaters, smoke control etc.

Electrical: fire alarms, security alarms, smoke alarms, power supply, telecommunications etc.

Plumbing: water and waste management, sewers, fire suppression systems etc.

MEP engineers work closely with architects and end clients throughout the entirety of a project, from pre-design of a building through to post-construction.

The focus of MEP consultants is on implementing efficiencies and ensuring that building systems operate safely, and to their full potential.

 

Why use MEP design consultants on building projects?

 

Ongoing cost savings and efficiencies

MEP engineers design building systems that offer optimum performance, while keeping building projects within budget. Ongoing operational costs of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, plumbing, energy consumption, maintenance and safety solutions are all minimised as part of the design.

Customised solutions

Problem solving is one of the main roles of an MEP design consultant. Given a challenge within a build project, MEP consultants draw on their expertise to design a customised solution that best improves efficiencies for that particular building.

Collaboration with contractors

MEP consultants collaborate with other contractors to provide the best solutions for each building and its inhabitants. In some cases, MEP engineers will project manage the build. The MEP consultant will ensure that all systems work together which reduces delays and unnecessary additional costs.

Safety and security

MEP consultants ensure that build projects are safe, secure and comply with the latest UK building regulations, without compromising on efficiencies.

 

How can we help?

 

For expert help and advice from time-served M&E engineers, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham. We are M&E consultants in Manchester, experienced and ready to assist with both local and national projects.

M&E consultants for Manchester construction projects

As M&E consultants based in Manchester, Robert Whetham Associates are proud to have provided mechanical and electrical consultancy services on major construction projects in our own city.

We have worked in collaboration with other contractors as M&E consultants on a diversity of Manchester based projects. Our problem solving skills and technical knowledge are used to advise on a range of mechanical and electrical systems. These might include:

• Mechanical systems – infrastructure, plant and machinery, tool and components, heating and ventilation

• Electrical systems – power supply and distribution, telecommunications, computing instrumentation, control systems.

 

M&E consultants for Manchester construction projects

 

Recent M&E consultancy Manchester based projects

 

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)

Robert Whetham were brought in to carry out a detailed design of M&S services for the new NWAS facility. The building houses the emergency, urgent and patient transport control functions covering the entire Greater Manchester area.

70 Oxford Road

Commissioned by the project manager as M&E consultants on Manchester’s 70 Oxford Road project, we were required to carry out a design of the mechanical and electrical services as part of the general enabling works for this multi-use building conversion.

Harter Street Apartments

The client approached us to work as building services consultants on the design of all M&E services for the Grade II listed Harter Street Apartments building in the heart of Manchester city centre. As MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) engineers in Manchester we were able to bring valuable expertise to some of the challenges of working on a listed building.

British Car Auctions

New buildings were constructed by British Car Auctions (BCA) at their Manchester Belle Vue site to house new car auction facilities, trading halls, admin blocks, valeting facilities, restaurants, external viewing areas and car parks. Robert Whetham Associates were asked to carry out the design and provision of all M&E services for the project.

 

How can we help?

 

For expert help and advice from time-served M&E engineers, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham. We are M&E consultants in Manchester, experienced and ready to assist with both local and national projects.

The increasing demand for zero carbon buildings

The directive of the Climate Change Act (CCA) of 2008 is for the UK to become a low-carbon economy by 2050 by achieving an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the levels found in 1990.

Part of the CCA target is the Zero Carbon Buildings policy which has instigated an increase in demand for zero carbon buildings.

 

zero carbon buildings

 

40% of the UK’s carbon footprint is attributable to the built environment. According to the UK Green Building Council, “almost half of this is from energy used in buildings (e.g. plug loads and cooking) and infrastructure (e.g. roads and railways) that has nothing to do with their functional operation.”

As M&E (mechanical and electrical) consultants, the team at Robert Whetham Associates are providing building and design services on a number of low carbon projects such as fire stations and schools, with the aim of facilitating zero carbon buildings.

How do you make a zero carbon building?

Operational energy of a commercial building only accounts for around 40 – 50% of its carbon footprint. Whole life carbon emissions from materials sourcing and construction, along with maintenance, repairs and eventual demolition also need to be taken into account for a building to be completely zero carbon.

Here are some considerations to address when building a zero carbon building.

Energy-efficient design

A low zero carbon report during the initial design phase lays out your low carbon intentions. Aspects to consider should include site selection, U-values (how well barriers such as insulation, walls, windows etc resist the conductive flow of heat), climate, size, ventilation, heating source and insulation.

A site location with adequate exposure to the sun is essential for the use of energy-efficient PV (Photovoltaic) systems. Variables such as air, moisture and daylight all impact on the design for energy efficiency.

Airtight sealing and insulation

Making a building airtight is essential in reducing carbon emissions. A continuous seal provides optimal energy efficiency of the building fabric, as well as the methods of cooling and heating of the building.

The combination of robust sealing, insulation and highly efficient building services is crucial in the building services design of a zero carbon building.

Solar energy

Commercial buildings with a PV (Photovoltaic) or solar power system typically benefit from a return on investment in around 8-10 years. The generous roof space of commercial buildings enables businesses to generate their own solar energy, making this an obvious design choice in the pursuit of a zero carbon building. With no moving parts, solar panels have the added benefit of minimal ongoing maintenance costs.

Energy efficient systems and appliances

Installing energy efficient systems and appliances to reduce carbon emissions can be costly if you don’t understand the market. As an M&E consultancy with many years of experience, we advise our clients on the most efficient and cost-effective systems and appliances that suit their individual needs.

Energy saving measures in the design of a building can reduce its dependence on mechanical and electrical systems, and therefore could operate on smaller, cheaper and more energy-efficient M&E equipment and systems.

How can we help?

For expert help or advice in constructing a zero carbon building, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham Associates either via telephone 0161 624 5544 or email us

We design and provide building services for new zero carbon buildings, and can facilitate a reduction in the carbon emissions of existing buildings.

We are proud to achieve RISQS Approval

Mechanical & Electrical Building Services Design Specialist Robert Whetham Associates Achieve RISQS Approval.

Quality driven mechanical and electrical building services design specialists Robert Whetham Associates has recently gained RISQS supplier verification under their supplier qualification scheme, qualifying the business to provide solutions for a range of key organisations within the rail industry.

 

RISQS is a supplier qualification service facilitating suppliers to sell into the Great British rail industry by providing an open, fair and transparent way for them to be formally recognised as capable providers of products and services. It is run by the rail industry under the stewardship of RSSB. The RSSB is a not-for-profit company that supports the rail industry to deliver a better, safer railway.

RSSB RISQS support Network Rail, Transport for London, passenger and freight operating companies, rolling stock organisations, main infrastructure contractors and many other buying organisations in the management of supply chain risk.

Robert Whetham, Managing Director, Robert Whetham Associates comments:

“It’s great to be verified by RISQS, it reinforces our commitment to providing a high-quality service and our focus on the railway industry. Our business is well equipped to provide cost effective and creative solutions for various areas of the developing railway industry”

In addition to RISQS, Robert Whetham Associates are proud members of The Association for Consultancy and Engineering and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. And also, ISO9001 accredited, and Construction Line members, silver standard.

The railway industry is one of several industries Robert Whetham Associates operate. In many ways the services Robert Whetham Associates provide are easily transferrable, however industry experience and knowhow are key to providing solutions of quality that not just deliver the brief but offer additional benefits. 

Mechanical & Electrical Design is the core of the business at Robert Whetham Associates, providing design for all a building requires to successfully function such as power, lighting, heating, hot & cold-water services, ventilation, data comms, access control and various other installations. In addition to M&E design, Robert Whetham Associates provide a range of services including building appraisals, service checks and condition surveys, which includes detailed inspections of the services within a building in order to establish their condition, and any maintenance requirements, including providing budget costings. 

Robert Whetham Associates key areas of industry expertise include education, for example nurseries, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. Healthcare facilities, industrial and commercial buildings and emergency services, clients across this sector include Lancashire Fire Services, West Midlands Fire Service, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service. Robert Whetham Associates has just been appointed on a new scheme to design training facilities at Bury Training Centre for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

For further information on RISQS and RSSB please see:

RISQS: https://www.risqs.org/

RSSB: https://www.rssb.co.uk/

Further information

Robert Whetham Associates is a multi-disciplinary practice of consulting engineers specialising in mechanical and electrical building services design. Their aim is to provide professional, cost effective services with an emphasis on creativity.

Operating across a broad spectrum of markets Robert Whetham Associates work both independently and directly for the client, often as part of the overall construction team if required.

For more information visit www.robertwhetham.co.uk 

Call 0161 624 5544 or Email enquiries@robertwhetham.co.uk

Robert Whetham Associates
Castle Hill House, 31 Mill Brow, Chadderton, Oldham OL1 2RT

Home in Yorkshire

RWA have just announced the opening of their brand-new office in West Yorkshire. The opening is one that will allow RWA’s clients to have better accessibility to the M&E consultancy whilst also opening up new opportunities to work with potential new partners in the industry within nearby areas locations of Leeds, Bradford, York and many others.

The opening is one that was well awaited, with RWA’s roster of Yorkshire based clients continuing to grow, it provides the opportunity for better contact with current clients whilst also increasing effiency of service. The office’s location in “God’s county” will be at the office space of Hub-26, which is located in cleckheaton.

RWA go Golfing

Was a lovely day at where the Leeds golf centre where the team at RWA took part in a charity golf match setup to raise money towards onCourse charity. As one of 8 other teams competing for top spot, they made their way around the course. The event raised £1,187.00 which goes towards providing long-term benefits for injured Service personnel and vets.