History and Aims
We believe our broad range of project experience, from complex laboratories to discreet solutions for historic buildings and our innovative but practical approach to engineering design, make us well placed to undertake commissions for you.
Roger Parker set up the practice in September 1992, aiming to deliver a quality design service within competitive market conditions. Resources are therefore focussed on engineering design, the practice is flexible and lean, while personnel are provided with the best training, rewards and equipment to do the job.
The practice has eight design engineers, including the principal, supported by four CAD and administrative personnel. We have recently employed a sustainability design specialist to undertake thermal modelling and carbon calculations. We have a culture within the organisation which enables each member to contribute creatively and to the best of their ability. Our project engineering structure empowers our personnel by giving full involvement in all stages of the design and procurement process.
Glaxo Group Research and St John's College, Cambridge provided the practice with its first commissions but we have expanded our workload and client base. These include large schemes, for example, laboratories, libraries, health and educational buildings, with complex engineering services, as well as a range of smaller projects. All of these are considered with equal importance.
The practice has worked under traditional performance appointments but also has extensive experience of design-and-build and partnering environments. Sustainability is integral to our design approach and does not attract additional charges.
The practice can also provide commissioning management and site engineering services.
The performance of services engineers has traditionally received criticism, particularly from architects, in a number of areas. The practice aims to address these criticisms by adopting a philosophy which includes the following:
- Establish effective communication with clients to ensure briefs are properly developed and the user understands the solutions proposed.
- Develop an empathy with architects, structural engineers and other design team members to produce designs that are successful both practically and visually.
- Take a pro-active role in establishing overall design philosophy within the design team.
- Encourage dual discipline (Mechanical and Electrical) approach to design which eliminates traditional problems in interfacing the two services.
- Adopt a practical approach to engineering which enables sensible and effective communication and installation contractors.
- Accept responsibility for full design and limit the dependence on contractors for installation detailing.
- Take an active role in commissioning of engineering services which ensures the end user inherits a working and reliable installation.
- Fully consider the principles of energy conservation and impact on the environment for all engineered solutions.
- Manage clients budget by cost planning and value engineering of projects at all stages.