Excellence in Engineering

catch-up 2014 Edition 12

It has already been a busy year for Crofton; winning repeat business from existing clients such as Universal Music, and working on new projects with old friends, like Thomas Ford Architects and the restoration of Brooklands Motor Museum. We soaked up the sunshine at MIPIM, where we met a record number of contacts and spread the word internationally about our engineering consultancy services. Back at home, we've been preparing for our annual St. George's Day reception; and lining up some fabulous speakers for the fifth annual FORGE Property Partnerships networking event.

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what we've been up to...

Crofton hosts a range of events throughout the year to bring together colleagues from across the construction industry.


St. George’s Day

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Central London

Our annual flagship celebration for clients, colleagues and friends is fast approaching and will be taking place in Central London.

To request an invitation, contact marketing@crofton-design.com

 


FORGE Property Partnerships

8 May 2014

The Willis Building, 51 Lime Street, London

Celebrating its fifth year, this collaborative networking forum will this year be chaired by Liz Peace, CEO of the British Property Federation.

Debating this year’s theme of ‘Solving London’s housing crisis: Is there room for growth?’ will be senior representatives from the London Borough of Southwark, Savills, UEL and be:here.

To book your complimentary place and for programme details, visit www.forgelondon.org

 


Kent office relocation

2 June 2014

The Willis Building, 51 Lime Street, London

From 2 June 2014, the Kent office will be re-locating to: 

The Hoppers

Goblands Farm Business Centre

Cemetery Lane

Hadlow

Kent

TN11 0LT

Phone and fax numbers will remain the same - please update your records accordingly.

 

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the ACE Engineering Excellence Awards 2014. Nominated in the Building Services (under 250 employees) category, the results are announced on Wednesday 21 May 2014 in London.


Universal Music2 Following the completion of a series of projects for Universal Studios, Crofton has been appointed for mechanical design work as part of upgrade works at the iconic Abbey Road studios in London.


The Kent team is providing structural and M&E design services for a new Centre for Creative Industries at East Kent College in Broadstairs. As well as incorporating an iconic new building as a central point for the college, the existing 1960s building is being refurbished to provide studios, music rooms, a theatre space and a gaming software development room. Richard Hopkinson Architects and Gerraty Taylor are providing architectural services, and the project is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2015.


Crofton is delighted to be appointed for building services design for the Brooklands Museum in Surrey; the site of the world's first banks motor racing circuit in the world.

The scope of works includes the deconstruction of the WWII Bellman aircraft hangar, which is currently situated on the finishing straight of the historic racing circuit, then re-constructing it adjacent to the track. Improvements will be made to the structure to better preserve the aircraft displayed in it. In addition, a new Flight Shed will be built for the display of aircraft and storage of other aviation memorabilia.

The project is Heritage Lottery Funded, and the architect is Thomas Ford Architects.


TAC Enrolment WEB Oct 2013

Congratulations to the Technician Apprentice Consortium (TAC) for reaching the finals of the Building Awards 2014 in the CITB Training Initiative of the Year category. As a consortium member, Crofton has taken on four apprentice technicians this year as part of the initiative's first year. 


We’ve been making the news this quarter; Steven Hale discusses the future of BIM with Construction News while Marcos DeCastro gave his views on green targets for the residential sector to Building4Change.

We have also been musing over what changes a future government needs to implement for Building in their ‘Dear Next Prime Minister’ feature, plus Sir Robin Wales’ keynote speech at our MIPIM Breakfast on the Beach made the headlines too.


Events round-up

Crofton continued its support of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) at MIPIM from 11-14 March. Taking part in the world’s largest real estate exhibition, Crofton hosted a Breakfast on the Beach in conjunction with LCCI, with Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales as keynote speaker.

Taking inspiration from the recent Winter Olympics, Crofton and clients descended to the ice in February at Fenton’s Curling Rink in Tunbridge Wells to emulate the success of the British team in Sochi. Perhaps a little more practice was required, but everyone had an enjoyable afternoon.

As part of Crofton's on going support of the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), a number of sixth form students from Wilmington Grammar School for Boys came to the London office in February to learn more about modelling a zero carbon house. The budding engineers will present their final projects at a celebration day in May.

Business Development Manager Mark Legg has been out and about again this quarter; did you say hello to him at Movers & Shakers (Jan); KCFG Breakfast (Feb) or the London Curry Club (March)? He'll be attending the LCCI Property & Construction Club breakfast in May - don't be shy, go and ask him for a gecko wipe...

 

STAFF FOCUS

CLIENT FOCUS


Associate Director Nathan Williams joins the Constructing Excellence in London & the South East committee.

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Undergraduate building services engineer Tal Ramsay was one of 36,000 people who ran the London Marathon on 13 April. He finished with a lightening time of 3 hours 8 minutes. A very big well done from all the Crofton team!

 

TOP TWEETS

@ACE_Updates
@ACE_Updates announces @CroftonDesign makes #ACEShortlist for Building Services Award http://bit.ly/1i7Zc4Z  pic.twitter.com/yin8P7Dc25

@Green_Gateway
Thank you to @CroftonDesign @AtelierTen @BREWatford Purcell UK @Bellendenltd for joining our @UKGBC lunch @MIPIMWorld

@LCCIPandC
#MIPIM starts today! Many thanks to the @LCCIPandC patron sponsors @CBRE_UK @ch2mhill @LendLeaseGroup and @CroftonDesign for your support

 

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 (C) Kaner Olette Architects

Big Parks, Peacehaven

Crofton has been appointed by Lewes District Council to provide building engineering design services for a new purpose-built skate park and café facility. The initiative is part-funded by the council and Southern Water, as part of the redevelopment of the nearby water treatment plant. Kaner Olette Architects are providing architectural services.

As part of the engineering solution, there have been a number of sustainable initiatives involved in the design process, including a biomass boiler, which will be fed by locally sourced wood chips to reduce carbon emissions.

Solar panels will be utilised to convert sunlight into electricity for consumption on site, while thermal modelling was used to create a 3D computer visualisation of the building and running a simulation to test its outputs. Used early in the design process, it can help to identify potential problems and potentially reduce project costs.

The project is expected to be completed in January 2015.

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