Experience

Enabling the Energy Transition

Our team’s experience spans multiple sectors, scales, and delivery models. We understand project opportunities and constraints and will explore and analyse them to deliver projects that enable the transition to a low impact, high-quality built environment.

We embrace the range of tasks needed to define and deliver successful projects. Our experience spans challenging first principles assessments and strategic energy masterplans through to detailed technical design, and everything in between.

Darwin-College-photo-Nick-Guttridge

The Civil Engineering Building for the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge was a true collaboration between academia and industry. The building delivered an optimised balance between low energy performance and pragmatic, scalable solutions for offices and laboratories. More detail of the rigour applied can be found here

Civil Engineering Building

Client: University of Cambridge
Architect: Grimshaw

The Old Granary is one of Darwin College’s iconic historic buildings – an eighteenth-century grain warehouse on the banks of the Cam. As part of the College’s Bradfield Court development, the Grade II listed building has undergone significant refurbishment and some internal reconfiguration. Key aims were to retrieve the elegance of the JJ Stevenson building, to reduce its energy footprint, and improve the ease of its maintenance. An MVHR system was successfully integrated within the complex building structure and thermal improvements made.

Old Granary, Darwin College

Client: Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Architect: Allies and Morrison
Photo: Nick Guttridge

Ash Court at Girton College, Cambridge is one of the most energy efficient student accommodation buildings in the UK. An ambitious, 100-year design-life requirement has led to many genuinely creative solutions. It was awarded the RIBA Sustainability Award in 2014 and was highly commended in the CIBSE Building Performance Awards based on extensive analysis of the low energy use in practice.

Ash Court, Girton College

Client: Girton College, University of Cambridge
Architect: Allies and Morrison
Photo: Nick Guttridge

The Triangle is a 38,000m2 headquarters building for Cambridge Assessment. The building provides office space as well as catering and a gym. The highly optimised façade maximises daylight whilst reducing unwanted heat gains.

Cambridge Assessment Global HQ

Client: Cambridge Assessment
Architect: Eric Parry Architects

JG consulting are appointed as sustainable building advisers for the delivery stage of the new, Passivhaus student hub for Lucy Cavendish College.

Lucy Cavendish College Student Hub

Client: Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
Architect: R H Partnership Architects
Photo: R H Partnership Architects

16 Cranmer Road is a new build private dwelling. It has been conceived from ambitious environmental principles and adheres to best practice in all aspects of low carbon design. It incorporates an all-electric strategy with heat pump, extensive PV array and battery storage as well as Passivhaus certification and a passive overheating strategy.

Cranmer Road, Cambridge

Client: Private Client
Architect: De Matos Ryan
Photo: De Matos Ryan

Love Wolverton is a £25M project to redevelop the Wolverton Agora, bringing new homes and shops to Wolverton’s town centre and creating new streets that will reconnect Church Street and The Square. It includes a community owned electricity microgrid with all roofs used for PV electricity generation, which is stored using a community owned battery to be used by all tenants.

Love Wolverton

Client: TOWN
Architect: Mole and Mikhail Riches
Photo: TOWN

A complex building with a simple environmental design approach. The Whittle Laboratory will house the UK’s National Centre for Propulsion and Power, complete with 5MW wind tunnel and a flexible high pressure experimentation chamber.

The Whittle Laboratory

Client: University of Cambridge
Architect: Grimshaw

Colchester Institute’s £5M STEM 2 Building is Stage 3 of the Colleges four-year accommodation masterplan that will transform learning opportunities for Braintree residents. The scheme uses an all-electric approach to heating and a passive overheating strategy.

Colchester Institute STEM 2 Building

Client: Colchester Institute
Architect: Moses Cameron Williams

The refurbishment of The Coalface flexible workspace in Finsbury Park was a triumph of the circular economy. The space was previously a gym and the MEP services (cooling, ventilation, lights) were reused and supplemented to create a high-quality office environment.

The Coalface, Finsbury Park

Client: The Coalface
Architect: 5th Studio
Photo: 5th Studio

Dolby Court provides a new accommodation hub for Pembroke College, adjacent to their city centre location. The buildings provide high quality, low energy student accommodation. A significant element of the project is the air source heat pump energy centre which provides both heating and cooling to these buildings and the wider site, which includes the deconsecrated church and listed buildings.

Dolby Court, Pembroke College

Client: Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Architect: Haworth Tompkins
Photo: Picture Plane

Eddington provides a new urban centre for Cambridge. The masterplan is internationally recognised and is multi-award winning. The energy strategy uses a central energy centre to provide heat to several thousand dwellings and non-residential units such as schools, retail and a community centre. Grid-scale heat pumps are under development to act as the primary source of heat and reduce the use of natural gas for the entire site.

Eddington, North West Cambridge

Client: University of Cambridge
Architect: Various

The refurbishment of The Coalface flexible workspace in Finsbury Park was a triumph of the circular economy. The space was previously a gym and the MEP services (cooling, ventilation, lights) were reused and supplemented to create a high-quality office environment.

The Coalface, Finsbury Park

Client: The Coalface
Architect: 5th Studio
Photo: 5th Studio

Dolby Court provides a new accommodation hub for Pembroke College, adjacent to their city centre location. The buildings provide high quality, low energy student accommodation. A significant element of the project is the air source heat pump energy centre which provides both heating and cooling to these buildings and the wider site, which includes the deconsecrated church and listed buildings.

Dolby Court, Pembroke College

Client: Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Architect: Haworth Tompkins
Photo: Picture Plane

Eddington provides a new urban centre for Cambridge. The masterplan is internationally recognised and is multi-award winning. The energy strategy uses a central energy centre to provide heat to several thousand dwellings and non-residential units such as schools, retail and a community centre. Grid-scale heat pumps are under development to act as the primary source of heat and reduce the use of natural gas for the entire site.

Eddington, North West Cambridge

Client: University of Cambridge
Architect: Various

The Grade I listed hall of residence at Trinity College, Cambridge sets the standard for the green retrofitting of UK’s historic buildings. You can read more about the project in this CIBSE Journal article, “Cambridge first – exemplary retrofit of Grade I listed halls of residence at Trinity College”

New Court, Trinity College

Client: Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Architect: 5th Studio
Photo: Timothy Soar

The Engineering Department’s move involves a phased transition that will see all research and teaching activity undertaken on the Universities’ West Cambridge site. The department addressed issues around energy use, space conditioning and infrastructure, in relation to the move, by applying the academia / industry collaborative tool.

University of Cambridge Engineering Department Masterplan

Client: University of Cambridge
Architect: Grimshaw

Bishops Residential Development is a new build multi-residential building. It is a practical example of the energy hierarchy incorporating high fabric performance, efficient services, and on-site renewables. As an enhancement, the PV generated electricity is stored on site and used to provide low-cost electricity for sale to the resident’s EV charging system. 100% of car parking spaces are provided with EV charging.

Bishops Residential Development, Cambridge

Client: Mitre Property Development Ltd
Architect: Haysom Ward Miller Architects

The Grade I listed hall of residence at Trinity College, Cambridge sets the standard for the green retrofitting of UK’s historic buildings. You can read more about the project in this CIBSE Journal article, “Cambridge first – exemplary retrofit of Grade I listed halls of residence at Trinity College”

New Court, Trinity College

Client: Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Architect: 5th Studio
Photo: Timothy Soar

The Engineering Department’s move involves a phased transition that will see all research and teaching activity undertaken on the Universities’ West Cambridge site. The department addressed issues around energy use, space conditioning and infrastructure, in relation to the move, by applying the academia / industry collaborative tool.

University of Cambridge Engineering Department Masterplan

Client: University of Cambridge
Architect: Grimshaw

Bishops Residential Development is a new build multi-residential building. It is a practical example of the energy hierarchy incorporating high fabric performance, efficient services, and on-site renewables. As an enhancement, the PV generated electricity is stored on site and used to provide low-cost electricity for sale to the resident’s EV charging system. 100% of car parking spaces are provided with EV charging.

Bishops Residential Development, Cambridge

Client: Mitre Property Development Ltd
Architect: Haysom Ward Miller Architects

SSE are utilising a 2MW ASHP array to reduce the use of natural gas on an existing heat network. The options for the location of the heat exchangers are limited and the risks associated with the cold plumes are being appraised using CFD analysis.

Large Scale ASHP Analysis

Client: Confidential
Architect: 5th Studio

Darwin College Cambridge is seeking to achieve net zero carbon for the entire College estate, comprising buildings of varied typologies, ages, and challenges. We are working with the College to establish a credible strategy to achieve this through energy demand reduction and decarbonisation of supply.

Darwin College, Cambridge – Strategic Energy Masterplan

Client: Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Architect: N/A

The retrofit of insulation to historic buildings is one of the more challenging aspects of reaching Net Zero Carbon by 2050 and it requires research and analysis to address the change in building metabolism. We are appointed to review this and bring our experience to assist the practical delivery of the research outcomes.

English Heritage, Retrofit Expert Review

Client: The English Heritage Trust
Architect: Various

The maternity ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge suffers from excessive overheating issues. We are appointed to address this and provide improved thermal comfort for patients and staff within the operational wards. The solution addresses energy efficiency and avoids disruption to services.

Rosie Hospital Cambridge, Cooling Design

Client: NHS Foundation Trust – Cambridge University Hospitals
Architect: N/A

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