In 2009, Richard met Julian Pennington who heads up RWES and invited RWES to survey Claydon Court. Julian describes the scale of the project: "Richard was keen to find ways in which he could reduce energy consumption at Claydon Court to minimise costs and his Carbon Footprint. The project brief for RWES was to create the best value energy efficient building utilising the newly introduced Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings." "It was agreed that RWES would develop the project to improve the building’s EPC rating from a current F rating to a B rating utilising the most cost effective methods. Not only would this reduce the overall carbon emissions from the building but it would also result in lower operational costs for the occupiers. The building would therefore become more attractive to prospective tenants and the space would be more demanded, allowing Richard as the landlord, to extend the building and create further quality office accommodation for the existing tenants and to attract new tenants to the offices."
"As project manager for the whole development, RWES is responsible for all aspects. In a ‘live’ office environment we deal with existing landlord and tenant issues to ensure no disruption to services and function. We are extending the premises to provide an extra 1,471ft2 and have handled the land acquisition and planning application having appointed and worked with the architect Barefoot Gilles to design the extension; the co-ordination and integration of the new-build design has been carefully managed along with the refurbishment of the existing building."
As project managers RWES has also acted in the appointment of the CDM co-ordinator for the project and organised the structural engineer’s soil survey, foundation design, asbestos survey and compliance with building regulations.
Highlighting the convenience of the using the SEH solution, the principle building contractor for the new build element of the project is SEH French Construction Ltd. By using a sister company, SEHBAC Commercial can ensure swiftness of delivery, has the assurance of knowing that the contractor is professional, skilled and reliable and can maintain strong communications to make sure things are done on schedule and to budget. The input from the contractor from the inception stage of the project has ensured design and build issues are covered from the outset to avoid nasty surprises.
RWES is undertaking the energy efficiency improvements to the existing building and are able to apply techniques and knowledge to the whole building and contribute to the design phase of the new extension whilst also focussing on the commercial realities of the project.
RWES is removing the external weatherboarding to install an effective insulation solution throughout with minimal disruption to the occupiers.
The heating and ventilation systems of the building are to be completely replaced; the new system has been designed to provide flexibility in the use of the building as well as reducing energy consumption. Additional windows are to be installed within the external fabric of the building to provide additional natural ventilation.
Large glazed areas overlooking the south facing courtyard are responsible for significant solar gain within the offices, which, will be significantly reduced by the installation of a timber framed Pergola. Not only will the offices benefit from the solar shading that is created by the Pergola, but it will also improve the aesthetic appeal of the building as plants such as Honey Suckle and Clematis will adorn the frame creating an attractive work environment.
In addition to the insulation and HAVC solutions RWES is also converting the internal lighting to ensure that fittings and lamps are all highly energy efficient and install an automated energy management system that will record the energy consumption of the building so that it can be actively managed.
With the planning stage now complete, the building works are soon to commence. Images and updates will be available regularly through the SEHBAC Commercial website: www.sehbaccommercial.co.uk
Real World Energy Solutions - Julian Pennington
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