SLCE Appointed As Lead Consultant for the University of Bradford’s Energy Quarter CHP, Micro District Heating System and Energy Optimisation Works.

The project is a collaboration of the estates engineering technical staff and SLCE’s experience in the installation of CHP and energy optimisation. The total works value is approximately £1.9m with funding sourced from the EU. The works will contribute to the university’s status in the ‘GREEN League University’ Tables. Completion of the CHP installations is due September 2016.  

The CHP installation will amalgamate and consolidate legacy gas boiler plant to introduce a number of central combine heating and power units to reduce the energy quarters energy consumption. The CHP units will be specifically operated to reduce the University’s electrical energy consumption whilst supplementing existing and remaining boiler plant to provide the energy quarter buildings with heating and hot water.

The energy optimisation works consists of a number of measures to improve the energy efficiency, and reduce the energy consumption, of legacy mechanical and electrical services within the energy quarter buildings. This includes the installation of new chiller and air handling plant to be designed to meet current legislation in terms of energy efficiency.

The university have a number of CHP installations on site, and with the energy quarter installation, aspire to be an electrical energy consumption neutral or negative campus.

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Barnsley Sixth Form College Shortlisted for Best Education Project at the South Yorkshire and Humberside LABC Building Excellence Awards

Barnsley Sixth Form College and Construction Centre has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Educational Project’ and the ‘Best Commercial Project over £1million’ award at the South Yorkshire and Humberside LABC Building Excellence Awards.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Forest Pines Hotel on Thursday 12 May 2016.

Silcock Leedham was part of the team, led by Bond Bryan Architects, working on these ground breaking initiatives.

Image provided curtesy of Bond Bryan Architects.

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National Lottery Grant to Help Revive Historic Park Buildings at Askham Bryan College

The commitment of Askham Bryan College to breathe new life into a former Victorian stable block and lodge at the heart of a historic Middlesbrough park has received a boost with confirmation that £3million has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This will enable the transformation of buildings within Stewart Park into an agricultural and horticultural education facility. The Park is of international significance as it contains the site of Captain Cook's birthplace.

The Yorkshire-based college has run courses from Stewart Park for some years but the iconic buildings are in need of urgent repair.  Two years ago Askham Bryan College pledged the restoration as part of a ten-year plan and to date, work totalling around £150,000 has been completed.

The major restoration will see an exciting new phase of the College's partnership with Middlesbrough Council which transferred over several buildings last year. The aim is to return the buildings to their former glory, encourage greater public access, and create an educational hub for the region’s young people.

Repairs will include extensive work to the roof and the general fabric of the building, the creation of lecture rooms, a science lab, a learning resource centre, animal handling areas, workshops and a reception area. Heritage features such as the former butter churn dairy and Victorian laundry will be restored, and it is anticipated that the visitor information centre, café and courtyard will become vibrant public areas.

Silcock Leedham has been appointed to provide a full building services design for the restoration works.

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Silcock Leedham Appointed To Austhorpe Hall Gallery

Austhorpe Hall is a Grade II* Listed building to the East of Leeds under private ownership. The client commissioned the development of a private gallery space within the setting of the existing house. In order to minimise the impact on the setting, a collection of out-buildings will be replaced with a sensitively designed modern gallery building that sits comfortably within the sloping gradient of the site.

Silcock Leedham has been appointed by Nick Brown Architects to provide full detailed mechanical and electrcial design services for the new gallery.

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Silcock Leedham Appointed To Roundhay School Extension

Roundhay Through School was established in 2012 following the completion of a new primary school off-site. Its first primary cohort will move into the secondary school in 2019, but without the proposed expansion project there will be insufficient teaching accommodation to enable the admission limit to increase from 250 to 300 places in Years 7 to 11. Funding has therefore been secured to provide a new 3,700m2 facility which will provide additional teaching space and will also house the school’s ICT teaching department. The scheme will also include a new synthetic sports pitch capable of multiple sporting use, new changing rooms to Sport England standard and additional car parking facilities.

Silcock Leedham have been employed to provide comprehensive electrical and mechanical design and support services from RIBA Stage 1 to 4A, including upfront concept design support and guidance to allow the client team to make informed decisions about their building, along with efficient design strategies to ensure best value for money. Silcock Leedham duties also included the development of a comprehensive Revit model, providing a visual aid to the school to prompt concept discussions, as well as aiding detailed coordination and clash detection  to assist spatial fit. SLCE have been influential in developing the energy strategy for the building, inputting on thermal efficiency of the envelope, orientation and solar control measures.


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Silcock Leedham Appointed To Hull & East Riding Schools Programme

The second batch of schools, collectively valued at around £38 million, includes two secondary schools and two primary schools and together will provide learning spaces for 3230 pupils.The schools are funded via the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and are Withernsea High School, Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College, Neasden and Foredyke Primary Schools. All the schools are being built on their existing locations, and include an element of demolition to replace the current buildings.

Mike Silcock said:

We’re delighted to be working with Bam Construction on this exciting schools programme, reflecting our experience in designing modern, innovative and cost effective educational environments.”

Silcock Leedham has been appointed to provide full electrical and mechanical services from RIBA Stage 1 to 7 including both Revit and thermal modelling input. We have been integral in the development of the strategic design philosophy for this project, providing early stage thermal model assistance and design advice to optimise window design, orientation, glazing as well as mechanical and electrical services elements to provide a high quality design solution.


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Silcock Leedham Appointed To Work On iPort, Doncaster

Silcock Leedham has been selected by the international developer Verdion to provide mechanical & electrical professional engineering services and advice for the exciting new Inland Port (iPort) in Doncaster. Our working relationship with Verdion stretches back a number of years and across and number of European countries and we are delighted to maintain our position as preferred services supplier.  The iPort development is unique in its' multi-modal transport links and Verdion’s refreshing commitment to long term sustainable, high quality development. We are assisting with the overall site master-planning, including a new ‘city-sized’ 33kV HV infrastructure, environmental impact and long term energy evaluation, including working in confidence with Verdion on providing advice and assistance to new tenants, owners and occupiers on the iPort site.

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Silcock Leedham Appointed To Work With Sheffield Hallam University On The National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering

The new National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam is designed to support the food and drink industry by developing new and enhanced facilities, processes and equipment and creating a knowledgeable workforce with experience of leading engineering systems and processes.

Over 40 companies - including Mars, Nestle UK and Warburtons - have already pledged their support and offered work placements, facilities, factory visits, guest lectures and advice. This, along with the £6.9m investment from HEFCE and other significant contributions from the industry, will create a food engineering facility that is unparalleled across Europe, helping to ensure the UK’s largest manufacturing sector remains competitive and successful.

Silcock Leedham have been appointed as mechanical and electrical design consultants on this £7m project in recognition of our broad based experience in the food manufacturing sector, working with  client’s such as Haribo, Princes, Nestle, Coca Cola, Arla and Roberts Foods to name but a few.

Our duties will include the development of the RIBA Stage 2 Concept Design to meet the project budget, for Client and Stakeholder sign-off. Following this milestone, we will be undertaking the detailed design of the scheme up to RIBA Stage 4 for Tender and then maintaining a client side role, monitoring the Construction phase of the project through to completion and handover to the client. 

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Silcock Leedham Appointed To Work On The Development of Wardown Park Museum, Luton.

Luton’s Wardown Park Museum has been awarded £1.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to conserve the historic building and transform the way its' story is told.

The project will see new areas of the building opened up and the ground floor improved and furnished to give visitors an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian period – including the billiard room, smoking room, library and kitchen whilst also telling the story of Luton’s transformation to the exciting and diverse town it is today.

A brand-new café will be created with access to the park, the morning room will become a new art gallery as well as venue for weddings and exhibitions and extensive work will make the building fully accessible.

Silcock Leedham will work with architect Buttress to develop a modern and efficient servicing strategy to be carefully and considerately integrated into the buildings unique form and fabric.  The servicing strategy will include a high efficiency gas condensing boilers, modern control systems and LED lighting to make the new services as efficient as possible. The building will also benefit from a new hydraulic passenger lift to allow improved public access to all areas.

The image of the libarary has been  provided by creative design consultants Imagemakers.



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Silcock Leedham Appointed To Work on UTC, Sheffield

UTC Sheffield, will be located in a brand new purpose-built £10m building on the visionary new Olympic Legacy Park in the Don Valley area of Sheffield.

It will offer specialist study in sport and human sciences for students aged 14 to 19.

Silcock Leedham, who previously worked on the award winning UTC 1 also located in Sheffield, has been appointed by Bam Construction to carry out the MEP design, Part L Compliance, BREEAM and thermal modelling.

Nick Barton, Silcock Leedham’s Director responsible for leading this initiative, said “we can use the learnings that we have gathered from our work on UTC 1 to influence the design for this exciting project. We are also currently working with Bam Construction on the new Don Valley School which is located on the same site and so we have a detailed knowledge of the services infrastructure. This will be invaluable when we work on co-ordinating the MEP design.”

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