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Tate Consulting spreads its Wings in Aviation

Tate Consulting spreads its Wings in Aviation

Yorkshire headquartered building services consultancy, Tate Consulting, is expanding further into the aviation industry after winning a string of high-profile contracts on major airport infrastructure upgrades. The company has provided full mechanical and electrical design services on one of the world’s most advanced hangars, known as Domus III, which has

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Watts Group strengthens senior leadership team with new appointment

Watts Group strengthens senior leadership team with new appointment

Expanding UK property and construction specialist Watts Group has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Rob Burke as Lead Director of its Commercial Building Surveying team in London.  Following a spell with another surveying firm, he is re-joining Watts where he previously spent 15 years, rising from

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Savills boosts its BPC division with new addition to technical due diligence team

Savills boosts its BPC division with new addition to technical due diligence team

Savills has expanded its Technical Due Diligence (TDD) team, part of building & project consultancy (BPC), with the appointment of Paul Harper who joins as a director based at the firm’s Margaret Street head office in London. Paul has over 25 years’ experience specialising in providing technical due diligence and development monitoring services for a wide range of clients who provide debt finance or equity funding. This included managing the TDD process for institutional investors on a wide range of projects throughout the UK and mainland Europe. As part of this, he recently monitored several large Build to Rent (BTR) and private for sale residential developments, building up a wealth of knowledge in the living sector. Prior to joining Savills, Paul was a director in the project monitoring team at Colliers and before that at JLL, having also spent six years in central Europe whilst at King Sturge. At Savills, Paul will work as part of the central London development monitoring team, helping to grow this capability on a national and international level. Paul Harper comments: “I am very excited to be joining Savills market leading TDD team. This continues to be an interesting time for the real estate sector, with due diligence now more important to clients than ever as they seek to make sustainable, future proofed investments.” Steve Page, head of the TDD team at Savills, adds: “We are very pleased to welcome Paul to Savills. His skillset and expertise will undoubtedly help to further strengthen the team and ensure we can continue to offer exceptional service to our clients.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Tate Consulting spreads its Wings in Aviation

Tate Consulting spreads its Wings in Aviation

Yorkshire headquartered building services consultancy, Tate Consulting, is expanding further into the aviation industry after winning a string of high-profile contracts on major airport infrastructure upgrades. The company has provided full mechanical and electrical design services on one of the world’s most advanced hangars, known as Domus III, which has just opened at Farnborough Airport. Tate Consulting was appointed by Farnborough Airport and architecture practice, Gebler Tooth, which designed the highly sustainable £55million, 175,000 sq ft building. Features include translucent automated doors that run the entire building length optimising natural light, an intelligent lighting system, symphonic rainwater harvesting, eco-friendly heating and integrated building control and energy monitoring to ensure optimal energy usage. This latest hangar project follows Tate Consulting working with Gebler Tooth on a 225,000 sq ft maintenance, repair and overhaul hanger for Gulfstream that can accommodate up to 13 aircraft. The facility, which is also at Farnborough Airport, opened in 2020. In addition, Tate Consulting has also just completed work on a security screening investment at Farnborough Airport. This has seen the installation of two state-of-the-art cabin baggage screening lanes equipped with the latest C3 screening technology, along with advanced security scanners. The technology means passengers no longer need to remove electronic items, such as laptops, tablets and phones from their cabin baggage during security checks. Passengers can also carry up to two litres of liquids through security without removing them from their bags. After completing the project at Farnborough Airport, Tate Consulting has now been appointed to work on a similar security screening project at Newquay Airport, which will start this summer. The company is also designing the building services for a new lounge at Farnborough Airport that will be operated by a luxury private jet company, with further future developments planned as part of the airport’s expansion plans. Ray Cavanagh, director from Tate Consulting, said: “The C3 screening technology is the highest-rated aviation security equipment on the market and will significantly enhance the experience for passengers at Farnborough Airport. We’re now looking forward to using our experience on this project at Cornwall Airport Newquay. “We’re also delighted to see work complete at Domus III, which has been another groundbreaking project for us to be involved with. Crucially, airport hangars come with their own unique design challenges, especially because they have vast doors that can be open for long periods of time, so this must be correlated with an effective and efficient heating system. “We’ve also become very experienced working with specialist design items including aqueous film forming foam sprinkler systems that provide a high-level deluge, as well as adhering to Civil Aviation Authority and National Fire Protection Association design standards. “Aviation is now a big growth area for us as we establish an impressive portfolio of pioneering projects in the sector, which we’re looking forward to building on further and we’re already discussing several other projects with architects and specifiers on airport projects throughout the UK and beyond.” Tate Consulting is a leading building services consultancy, providing a full range of commercial engineering solutions from MEP concept design to project handover and post-occupancy evaluation, as well as building physics, fire engineering services, sustainability and building performance assessments and master planning. In addition to its work in the aviation industry, the company is currently working on numerous high-profile residential, distribution, industrial, retail and leisure projects throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Ramboll’s UK & Ireland MD Takes Global Leadership Role with Acting MD Appointed

Ramboll’s UK & Ireland MD Takes Global Leadership Role with Acting MD Appointed

Global engineering, design and sustainability consultancy Ramboll announces a change to its UK leadership, with Managing Director Philippa Spence to take over the leadership of its Environment & Health (E&H) Division from 1 August. Neil Sansbury, current Finance and Executive Director will take on the role of acting Managing Director for UK & Ireland. Ramboll has today announced the appointment of Neil Sansbury as Acting Managing Director for UK & Ireland as Philippa Spence steps into a global leadership role in Ramboll’s 3,000-strong global E&H Division after three years in her current role.  Neil, who takes the helm for the UK and Ireland, joined Ramboll in 2016 and played a crucial role in navigating the company through the challenges relating to Brexit, Covid and more recently inflation, whilst helping to double revenue and deliver sustainable growth. He will bring his considerable experience and in-depth knowledge of Ramboll’s business in the UK & Ireland to the role.  As head of the E&H Division, Philippa will oversee Ramboll’s largest and most profitable market, which holds a top-10 leading position globally among environmental consultancies. Philippa takes on the global role having led the company’s E&H Division in the UK from 2019-2021. An industry leader in sustainability and environmental consultancy, Philippa chairs the Environment Industries Commission (EIC), where she has been a passionate advocate for the environment alongside her role at Ramboll.  Commenting on Neil’s new role, Philippa said, “I am delighted that Neil will be taking on the acting MD role, he has been a firm hand on the tiller in our growth journey, helping drive our strategy: ’The Partner for Sustainable Change’. He has worked alongside the UK Executive to empower our people to deliver innovative and leading solutions that support the transition to a more sustainable society, whilst creating a culture in which our people can grow and flourish”.   Neil added, ”I’m looking forward to leading the UK and Ireland business. It’s an exciting time for our industry with early promising signals from the new Government on a variety of matters. Bringing stability and confidence to the market with the green energy transition, establishing Great British Energy and the National Wealth Fund, planning reforms. These initiatives and other clear policy signals are essential for the UK’s growth and decarbonisation ambitions. Our significant investments into sustainability means we are well placed to support clients in the green transition, I have no doubt that the next five years will be transformational for our industry”. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Watts Group strengthens senior leadership team with new appointment

Watts Group strengthens senior leadership team with new appointment

Expanding UK property and construction specialist Watts Group has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Rob Burke as Lead Director of its Commercial Building Surveying team in London.  Following a spell with another surveying firm, he is re-joining Watts where he previously spent 15 years, rising from associate to director. Watts Group’s Chairman, Trevor Rushton, said: “This is an exciting appointment. As a well-known figure in the industry, Rob will play a key role in developing the team, growing the business and providing sustainable property and construction advice. This reflects our commitment to providing the right workplace as well as a trusted and valued service.” Rob commented: “Increasingly, we are seeing clients seeking out specialists, and Watts is well placed to meet that need as an established, forward-thinking business. It is great to be part of a profitable, innovative firm with highly skilled and motivated experts. I look forward to helping the business to grow, to expand our service portfolio and to continue to deliver quality advice around the built environment and ESG.”  In a career spanning more than two decades, Rob Burke has been involved in multiple aspects of the property sector. His track record includes adding value and saving costs on projects, carrying out technical due diligence on landmark buildings, advising and settling large dilapidations claims, monitoring large complex developments and delivering a variety of projects. He also brings a wealth of experience on teambuilding and ESG. Rob is a Fellow of RICS, a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and a member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors. During his previous tenure at Watts, he played a pivotal role in the firm’s growth and building its reputation.  Married with two children, he is a keen road and cross-country runner, and has completed two ultra-marathons. He also enjoys cycling, climbing, sailing, skiing and gardening.  Rob’s appointment comes at a time of growth and expansion for Watts Group, as the firm continues to strengthen its position in the competitive property and construction market. With his leadership, the Commercial Building Surveying team is well-positioned to capitalise on new opportunities and drive sustained growth in the years ahead. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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World-renowned architect Tony Kettle reveals design inspiration for first opening road bridge over the River Clyde

World-renowned architect Tony Kettle reveals design inspiration for first opening road bridge over the River Clyde

“It was a rare opportunity to celebrate all that is special about this place, to remind people of the rich industrial heritage, of the globally recognised engineering and construction expertise that occurred on both banks of the Clyde” – Tony Kettle, Kettle Collective. From a striking glass façade in Reykjavik designed to capture the essence of the northern lights all-year-round to an Eden-type garden in a low-energy office tower in Bahrain, world-renowned architect Tony Kettle continues to challenge his natural curiosity with projects across the globe. His work on the Dewa Solar Innovation Centre in Dubai, which uses the latest technologies for renewable energy and combines it with Arabic geometry and the Fibonacci sequence, has received architectural acclaim – winning the RSA prize in Scotland and a LEED Platinum award as a benchmark for the Middle East region – and he had a hand in the initial designs of Europe’s tallest building, the Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg. While proud of his success abroad, it’s a project much closer to home though that piqued Tony’s interest in a way others couldn’t, and he jumped at the chance to design the first opening road bridge across the River Clyde – a £117million project led by Renfrewshire Council. Tony said: “It’s fantastic to work closer to home. It means more if you are given a chance to contribute to improving people’s lives close to where you live. “Shipbuilding on the Clyde inspired our design. The visual history of cranes juxtaposed against each other and the way the dry docks are cut into the banks at an angle. The challenge was to capture that spirit of movement in the angles of the new bridge structure, and to accentuate the fact this is a moving structure, not just another static bridge. “The Renfrew Bridge is both a physical and symbolic connection, a celebration of the coming together of two communities that will undoubtedly benefit from having closer ties. It will create a gateway and a destination that should bring more people together to enjoy the riverbank and celebrate the history and rich cultural heritage that they share. “It was a rare opportunity to celebrate all that is special about this place, to remind people of the rich industrial heritage, of the globally recognised engineering and construction expertise that occurred on both banks of the Clyde. What better way to celebrate it than with a new innovative moving structure.” Visiting the site to see the arrival of the final section of the bridge, Tony was delighted to see his designs come off the page and into existence. “It’s fantastic to see the bridge in the flesh and I’m honoured and immensely grateful to the engineers and fabricators for their skills and ingenuity to make it a reality. I have learned over the years to be very patient as projects can be designed quickly but can take so long to materialise, so it’s great to see it arrive on the Clyde and for the project to move closer to completion. “It will clearly improve transport connections between Clydebank, Yoker and Renfrew, but it will also give a focus and raise the profile of the towns as people and businesses are attracted to one of the longest span cable-stayed opening bridges in the world. People will be proud, and it will be a real landmark for the area and the seed for much wider regeneration.” Tony formed the Kettle Collective with friend and managing director Colin Bone 12 years ago and their architectural studio now incorporates around 70 designers, each with their own focus on contextual design, sustainability and low energy solutions – with the recent Queen’s Award for Sustainability confirming their place at the forefront of international sustainable design. With offices now in Edinburgh, London and the Middle East, Tony continues to further an inspiring career that all began with a few sketches at home. Tony said: “My father inspired me to be what I am today. He was an engineer and used to do beautiful hand drawings with a single line and no mistakes. When you’re young, it’s these kinds of things that shape who you want to be, even if you don’t realise it at the time. “We spent a lot of time in Sri Lanka when I was growing up while my father worked on the Victoria Dam, a beautiful double parabolic curved structure, and I learned so much about the importance of climate, culture, and context. “Inspired to be a designer, I studied at Edinburgh Art College, then worked my way through the ranks at RMJM to be International Design Principal. From there, I formed the Kettle Collective with Colin and haven’t looked back since.” Now with more than 35 years of experience in the industry, Tony Kettle is still famed in Scotland for his work to create the Falkirk Wheel, the hugely successful tourist attraction that combines art and engineering to create a moving boat sculpture that thousands have visited since it first opened in 2002. It was while playing with his daughter and her Lego that he felt the creative spark for the project and this led to a design which has been featured as an example of Scottish innovation on the £50 note and within the British passport. “I was making a Lego helicopter for my daughter and realised the gearing could be used to maintain the horizontality of the caissons containing the water and boats. Maybe it’s just me that would think like that while playing with Lego, but sometimes the simplest tools are the best to understand a problem – and my daughter is still waiting to get her Lego back to this day! “It is great to see that my completed design has enticed so many people to visit and enjoy the waterways, and I think the Falkirk Wheel is recognised globally now as part of our inventive culture as a nation. I visit now and then, almost as though visiting an old friend, and

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GT3 Architects appoints first finance director, signifying growth and expansion

GT3 Architects appoints first finance director, signifying growth and expansion

LEADING firm GT3 Architects has announced the appointment of Eric Hampel as its new finance director, further expanding its senior leadership team. Formerly of Deloitte and Tribe Technology PLC, Eric brings more than 12 years of financial expertise and leadership experience to GT3 Architects, working within Canada, Australia and UK markets.  This strategic addition to the practice’s leadership team marks a significant milestone in the company’s ongoing growth and expansion efforts. It also comes shortly after GT3 was included in The Architects’ Journal’s list of the 100 largest and most influential architectural practices in the UK, and as the team has added several more project award wins to its trophy cabinet. Simon Dunstan, director and co-founder at GT3 Architects, said: “As directors, Mark Gowdridge and I are delighted to welcome Eric to the team, especially at a time our success continues to gain recognition with the likes of our AJ100 listing. This is an exciting strategic hire for us, and one which we believe highlights our commitment to diversification and growth and our dedication to the wider GT3 team. We’re looking forward to benefitting from Eric’s expertise and experience and valuable insights as we continue our sustainable growth strategy.” Eric Hampel expressed his enthusiasm about joining GT3 Architects, stating: “I’m delighted to be joining GT3. The people architecture approach is something that resonated strongly with me when being introduced to the practice and what the team does, and I’m keen to support that within my role. I’m excited to contribute to the further growth of a business that places such a strong emphasis on creative solutions that serve the community through every single action and design.” Eric is the fourth new director added to the business in the past 12 months, following the promotions of Suzanne Blair, Paul Reed, and Michael Simpson in 2023. For further information, please visit www.gt3architects.com Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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RIBA launches competition to design Fleming Centre at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has just announced the launch of a design competition following the ‘Competitive Procedure with Negotiation’ on behalf of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.  The competition is seeking an architect to design the Fleming Centre, a Life Sciences facility that will be located on the St. Mary’s Hospital site in Paddington, London.   The Centre will be at the heart of the global Fleming Initiative, an innovative and collaborative new approach led by the Trust and Imperial College London, with HRH Prince of Wales as its patron, to tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR) around the world.   At the Fleming Centre, scientists will work alongside clinicians, patients, members of the public and policy makers to scope, test and scale solutions. Consequently, the building should be purposefully designed to encourage the public to engage with world-leading science, policy and behavioural change research, ensuring new solutions work for local contexts.   The Centre is due to open at St Mary’s hospital in 2028, helping mark the centenary of the discovery of Penicillin at the hospital by Sir Alexander Fleming. It will be the first new building to open on the St Mary’s site in the coming years, as plans for the wider redevelopment of the whole hospital site continue to progress.  Professor Tim Orchard, Chief Executive, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said:  “The launch of the RIBA design competition marks an exciting milestone for the Fleming Centre and St Mary’s hospital more widely. This state-of-the-art facility will not only honour the legacy of Alexander Fleming and St Mary’s as the birthplace of penicillin but also spearhead the fight against antimicrobial resistance through groundbreaking research and public engagement.    We are looking forward to collaborating with visionary architects to create a centre that will inspire and facilitate global change in healthcare. It will also be the first completed building in the redeveloped St Mary’s hospital, demonstrating our vision to protect St Mary’s position as a world-class trauma hospital and a centre for life-saving research.”   Applications are invited in accordance with the requirements set out in the briefing document and selection questionnaire.   Further information can be found on the competition webpage including a link to register.   The deadline for receipt of applications is 7 August 2024 at 12:00 BST. It is anticipated that up to five teams will be shortlisted and invited to participate in the design phase of the competition. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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CBRE's Glasgow Office Certified as one of the Healthiest Places to Work in the UK

CBRE’s Glasgow Office Certified as one of the Healthiest Places to Work in the UK

CBRE’s Scottish headquarters has been awarded WELL Certification™ at Platinum Level, recognising the global real estate advisor’s commitment to promoting employee wellbeing. The ground floor office at 177 Bothwell Street in Glasgow is the first project in the UK to be certified under the newest version (WELL version 2) of the International WELL Building Institute’s standard. Designed with the health and wellbeing of employees at its heart, CBRE’s workspace includes a choice of standard and standing desks to help improve posture, incentivise movement and reduce back pain, as well as plants to increase biophilic connection, and access to free fresh fruit and vegetables. A multi-purpose room offers a comfortable place for team members to take a break, recharge and connect with colleagues, and there are huddle boards to encourage collaboration. The office also benefits from the building’s rooftop running track, spa quality changing facilities and cycling racks. Running through the office entrance is a rammed earth wall that follows the soil stratification underneath the city, celebrating the nature and culture of the office location and connecting tenants and guests with the heritage of the site. David Smith, CBRE’s Managing Director in Scotland, said: “Being awarded a platinum award is a fantastic achievement and comes just months after we received a BREEAM Excellent rating for sustainability. “These awards reflect the tireless work and determination of the team in Glasgow to create a workplace that is not only good for the planet but for also for the health and mental wellbeing of everyone who works here. “The world of work has changed since the pandemic and it has never been more important to create inspiring ‘destination’ workplaces, which encourage collaboration, creativity and a sense of community. We hope 177 Bothwell Street will become a flagship for office design not just in Glasgow but across the UK.”  The WELL platinum rating was based on several health and wellbeing criteria, including air and water quality, nutrition, lighting, thermal and acoustic comfort, material selection, mental health support and a focus on building a sense of community. This is the second WELL Certified Platinum CBRE building in the UK. Its London headquarters, Henrietta House, was awarded Platinum certification in March 2023, demonstrating the ongoing commitment of the organisation to its people’s health. CBRE’s ESG, Design Hub, GWS and Project Management teams worked together to ensure that sustainability and wellbeing strategies were seamlessly integrated into the design, construction and operations of 177 Bothwell Street. Giuliano Camerini, Senior Sustainability and Health and Wellbeing Consultant, ESG Consultancy at CBRE, said: “CBRE’s Glasgow office showcases the future of workspace design. The wellbeing journey here prioritises occupants and the environment, creating a dynamic and thriving space for everyone who uses it. “This achievement serves as a prime example of CBRE leading the way for sustainable and healthy office environments and showcases the best in class workplace solutions our teams can provide to clients.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Savills boosts BPC London project management team with living sector specialist

Savills boosts BPC London project management team with living sector specialist

Savills has expanded its London project management team, part of building & project consultancy (BPC), with the appointment of Steven Brown who joins as a director at the firm’s Margaret Street head office in London. Steven has over 20 years’ experience in project management, planning and delivering projects across a wide range of sectors and disciplines in the UK, Middle East and Australian markets. More recently he has specialised in multifamily build to rent (BtR) developments, working with clients including British Land, Get Living, Grainger and Grosvenor Estates. Steven joins from Arcadis, where he was a senior project director within the firm’s property and investment business. At Savills, Steven will lead the division’s London living sector team, focusing on residential, built to rent, hospitality and purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) asset classes. Steven Brown comments: “I am delighted to have joined Savills to head-up this exciting new growth area for the division. As we know, confidence is returning in the living sector after a period of sustained cost inflation, constraints on finance and regulatory uncertainty. I believe Savills, as a market leader in residential asset advisory services, is the ideal platform to support investor and developer clients through the project feasibility, design and construction phases of their developments. I look forward to working with colleagues from across the business to bring together in-depth real estate expertise and best-in-class project management services.” Paul Davies, head of London project management at Savills, adds: “We are very pleased to welcome Steven to Savills. The living sector is a huge area of growth for the BPC division and with Steven’s knowledge and expertise we will considerably increase our capability to service these clients moving forward. It is fantastic that the team continues to go from strength to strength and we look forward to further expansion imminently.”  Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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CBRE Southampton advises on new state-of-the-art facility for CooperVision

CBRE Southampton advises on new state-of-the-art facility for CooperVision

CBRE Southampton has advised CooperVision, a global leader in contact lens manufacturing, on the acquisition of a new technical, commercial and business hub.  The investment plans the delivery of a new 107,000 sq ft building at Adanac Park, in Southampton, and enables CooperVision to create a state-of-the art facility, reinforcing its commitment to innovation and employee well-being. Following an extensive property search CooperVision focused on Adanac Park, which provides a strategic location with excellent road communications. CooperVision’s new facility plans to include technical innovation areas, as well as high-quality office space. CooperVision has designed a bespoke facility and it is intended that CBRE will coordinate with the developers and project manage the substantial fit-out works, with occupation planned for 2026. James Brounger, Head of CBRE Southampton, said: “This agreement is the culmination of several years of hard work on all sides, in a very complex transaction. CooperVision needed a new facility with specific requirements, which weren’t available in the area. We’re delighted to have found a location and developer that has been able to meet those needs. CooperVision is a key employer in the south and we are proud to continue to partner with them in their plans to develop a best-in-class facility.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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