Residential and schools heating design and offices ventilation, heating and cooling sectors

Residential ventilation and heating design

New or refurbished houses design sectors

One of the areas that need more attention is the private sector where often some vital design details are not treated as they should.

Most often, when someone wants to renovate an old house or build the one of their dreams, they don’t bother to hire a professional building services design consultancy.

The importance of having the building services correctly designed is crucial to future building comfort of its occupants.

Why would somebody spend a fortune for professional help for brickworks, windows, roofs, materials? And, when it comes to residential heating design or water, for example, they trust the plumber or gas engineer to size the pipes, radiators, water pipes and even worse, the boiler.

This work should be done by qualified design engineers who possess the knowledge and experience to do it correctly.

This is where we can help. The fact is that the price of a proper design is insignificant compared with the whole investment or with the possible losses in time.

New multi-flat and converted buildings

Our company has experience dealing with structures which might contain up to 60 flats.

There are many ways to design multi-flat buildings depending on how big or high they are.

For example:

  • A three storey high, six flat building, might have independent combi-boilers, MVHR units for ventilation and cooling with the multi-split units.
  • A six storey building with twenty flats: might have boiled for heating and hot water, VRF/VRV units for cooling and MVHR units for ventilation.
  • A six storey building with 60 flats might work with central heating and HIU (heating interface units) in each flat, MVHR for ventilation and refrigerant based cooling where required.

These are just some examples, but the ways of designing are often dictated by the shape and hight of the building, the preference of the client or a combination of factors.

Offices ventilation, heating and cooling

This another of our essential design sectors and also has two main branches.

New Offices

Shell and Core

Think of the shell and core as the completed outer framework of a building. It is the concrete and metal frame of a weather-proofed space. From the outside, the building looks complete, but inside the building’s services have yet to be installed. Inside is a blank space with endless fit out possibilities, which are completed by your design and build partner before the building can be occupied.

Cat A Fit Out

Cat A fit out refers to a primary landlord fit out. This kind of fit out includes, for example, the installation of the building’s mechanical and electrical services – such as lighting sockets and air conditioning ducts. Installing the building’s toilets raised access floors, suspended ceilings and primary fire detection systems, and finishes to the internal walls, reception areas and lift lobbies. In a Category space, then, you would see a shiny raised floor, painted perimeter walls, and a grid ceiling with fitted lights. In other words, the Category A fit out is the blank canvas.

Building services for this category of fit out should be very flexible so the future tenant will be able to configure his space easily. At this moment all services are present in the area. Connections and final positions will follow in the next category.

Cat B Fit Out

CatB fit-out is when your blank canvas comes to life. At this moment is the when you and your chosen fit out partner collaborate to create the style of your new office. No one knows your company better than you, and with a Category B fit-out, you have the opportunity to work closely with your chosen partner to identify and understand your company culture and discuss work protocols and plans for the future. This way, you can create a tailor-made space that is both stylish and practical, and bring your company’s unique character to life. It will incorporate everything that makes your office individual and functional, including the installation of:

  • the final positions of the grilles and connections according to space compartmentation;
  • the final locations of the floor sockets;
  • water and drainage connections to tea points;

Guidelines of design for the offices

In this design sector, offices standards should be mandatory.

Some of those guidelines and standards are given by BCO (British Council for Offices) and CIBSE:

  • the fresh air rate for offices ventilation is between 12 l/s/pers (BCO) and 10 l/s/pers (CIBSE)
  • offices heating and cooling zones in big open offices – perimeter zones will need more cooling and heating while the core areas will need less cooling and almost no heating
  • lighting intensity levels
  • toilets ventilation rate.

Retail design sectors

Shopping has become a focal point of modern life and has a crucial role in shaping communities. The relationship between the shopping public and retailers is significant, as retaining customer loyalty is essential as well as bringing new ones.

The contribution and expertise BSDS brings to our clients’ projects help to create retail environments that maximise footfall and in turn, increase sales, making shoppers want to return to gain more from their experience.

In London, the retail sector is expanding rapidly and more often than anytime biggest retail chains are redefining themselves by rethinking their spaces, functionality, and generally, all that might catch the eye by designing and create dynamic, flexible and comfortable retail environments.

We have worked on various range of retail projects, ranging from major shopping centres to small boutiques, and store refurbishments.

BSDS provides outstanding engineering thinking right from the design brief. We know how to meet a client’s expectations.

Schools and education establishments

BSDS’s focus is on designing low-energy, sustainable schools across London and surroundings which will minimise the impact on the environment and will be a more pleasant place in which to work and learn.

BSDS has experience in all areas of education:

  • mainly primary and secondary schools,
  • private and government finance initiatives projects
  • church schools
  • bigger education buildings.

We offer a multi-disciplinary service, which allows us to deliver an effective strategy commencing at the early stages right through to the construction of the building.

We also include value-added specialisms such as traffic and environmental impact studies and lighting design.

Industrial Design

We have experience in industrial design (building services) such as warehouses and factories.