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Newsletter oct dec 2013

  1. 1. Issue #001: October - December 2013 Welcome to the first of many newsletters from HBa! It’s coming to the end of a very busy year for us – here are some of the things we’ve been up to… In this issue: South Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Brooksby Melton College Glasshouse Development South Staffordshire College LLDD Centre Joseph Wright Centre Extension Standard Works Redevelopment Around the Office Stoke & Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services Working with leading construction, services and property group Kier, HBa have been appointed as consulting engineers for the mechanical and electrical engineering services for the eleven new community fire stations to be built across Staffordshire over the next couple of years. These new fire stations constitute the second phase to an innovative project to provide Staffordshire with state-of-the-art fire stations. Along with the implementation of modern operational facilities, the project also has a community focused aspiration with the hope to benefit local people, with proposals for the facilities and space to be used for community safety activities, such as student firefighter courses. The government’s Private Funding Initiative contributed £45m in funding for phase one of the scheme, which saw seven stations within Staffordshire replaced, as well as developing three new stations between October 2009 and September 2011. Codsall Fire Station Visual Phase two is to see a further ten fire stations rebuilt, as well as a brand new station at Loggerheads to replace the 45-year-old station at Ashley. Work for the first station at Chase Terrace is due for completing in summer 2014, with the rest of the stations following suite over the following two years. This has been a massive project for HBa; one for which we are particularly eager to see the end results – if you’re ever in Staffordshire make sure you keep an eye out for one of these stations! HBa Consulting Engineers Ltd Newhall Court, 47 George Street, Birmingham West Midlands, B3 1QA Tel: 0121 212 2270
  2. 2. Glasshouse Development Project: Phase 3 Brooksby Melton College We’re back at Brooksby Melton College! After previous work with them carrying out M&E services for their Animal Care facility, we’ve now been involved in their brand new teaching and sports facilities developments. The project involves a multi-million pound new build development on the Brooksby Campus site, providing state-of-the-art education and sports facilities, as can be seen by Maber Architects pictures to the left. Brooksby Melton Campus Visual As part of the college’s £22m programme of improvements, the new development is set to include a two-storey general teaching area, a construction and engineering teaching area, and a sports hall and allweather sports pitch. The College’s planning application was granted on the 1st December, with the college looking to complete the building work by September 2015, ready for the start of term. Lucky Students! The project is part of the college’s £22m programme of Ashfordby Road Campus improvements, which includes plans to modernise facilities at Ashfordby Road, which HBa has also been involved in. The project at Ashfordby Road has involved the second phase of refurbishment to the existing accommodation located on the Ashfordby Road Campus, for which HBa has undertaken full design duties. After previously having done work at Glasshouse College, HBa are now involved in the renovation of Yates Yard (GH5) and The Acid House (GH6). This project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund and Ruskin Mill GH5 Visual Land Trust. Working alongside Bryan Priest Newman as architects and Maze Consultants Ltd as project managers, we are involved in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Consultancy Services of the project, providing performance specifications and outline concept design drawings, which will be used to seek competitive tenders from D&B Contractors. The project involves the comprehensive refurbishment of both buildings GH5 and GH6. GH6 Visual Building GH5 will form the new site reception/visito r information area and speculative commercial/incubator workspace as part of the Ruskin Glass Centre, as seen above. And building GH6 will be dedicated to speculative commercial units and incubator units, as part of the Ruskin Glass Centre, as demonstrated below. Previous work for the Glasshouse College included extensive refurbishment and remodelling that was undertaken on an existing glassmaking factory with the end result being a modern, multi-functional exhibition and theatre space with adjoining teaching studios and craft based workshops. During this project there was a strong emphasis on retaining the existing structure of the glassmaking factory and ensuring the M&E services were discreetly installed to accentuate the character of the building. The end result was a fantastic asset to the college so we’re really excited to be working on the next phase! HBa Consulting Engineers Ltd Newhall Court, 47 George Street, Birmingham West Midlands, B3 1QA Tel: 0121 212 2270
  3. 3. South Staffs College Joseph Wright Centre Extension We are very pleased to be working with Derby College again, this time for the extension of their Joseph Wright Centre. HBa have been given the opportunity to work with South Staffordshire College in providing Building Consultancy Services for the new Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities facilities on their Rodbaston Campus. Over the past few years the campus has gone through Situated in the heart of Derby extensive investment, cultivating state-of-the-art learning centre City Centre, the facilities, equipment and buildings, with this project being the latest JWC opened in development. 2005, named after the 18th HBa have previously had experience of working on LLDD schemes, most century painter notably the LLDD provision for Brooksby Melton College at their Joseph Wright. Melton Campus, and are really excited to be working on a project like The building was this again. then extended in 2007. And now, due to curriculum demands, the ever increasing derby college wish to extend the centre even further. The new extension is set to include a drama department, arts and ceramics studios and a digital studio. In line with the existing building, plans for the new extension will be of high architectural impact and functionality with a particular emphasis on lots of space. HBa, working alongside Armsons as project managers, and Maber as architects, are carrying out the mechanical and electrical engineering services for the project. The project is due for completion next Christmas – so look out for our newsletter this time next year! Standard Works Redevelopment Lower Ground Level of the Standard Works Building RMLT have purchased, and now wish to refurbish, the Standard Works property, built back in the mid to late 19 th century, situated on Vittoria Street in the Conservation Area of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham (just round the corner from our office!) HBa will be undertaking the design of all new mechanical and electrical services installations enabling the building to return to its former self. Hopefully the redevelopment will bring a vacant and derelict building back to life and encourage people and activity within the area! The purpose of the purchase is to provide a place for educational services, particularly vocational, focussing on life skills for young people with behavioural, social, and learning difficulties. As a grade II listed building, designs for the refurbishment will sustain and enhance the heritage assets of the building, particularly the inherent symmetry of the window formation and traditional masonry construction and curved frontage as can be seen above. It is hoped that the project will be completed December 2014! HBa Consulting Engineers Ltd Newhall Court, 47 George Street, Birmingham West Midlands, B3 1QA Tel: 0121 212 2270
  4. 4. Around the Office Back in September we moved from Sovereign Court to Newhall Court. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you update your diaries (!): Newhall Court 47 George Street Birmingham West Midlands B3 1QA Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! @HBa_Ltd Welcome to our new bright young employees! James Anstey, Assistant Electrical Engineer Scott Coley, Junior Electrical Engineer James Sorrow, Junior Electrical Engineer Lauren Poston, Project Manager Once again, CIBSE has thrown its West Midlands Annual Dinner, this time held at the ICC in Birmingham. So HBa dressed up, had a few drinks, and celebrated what has, once again, been a great year. Great food, lots of wine and some hilarious comedy made for a brilliant evening. Well done to all that helped organise the fantastic event! HBa Consulting Engineers Ltd Newhall Court, 47 George Street, Birmingham West Midlands, B3 1QA Tel: 0121 212 2270

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