BSE3D are delighted to announce the team have achieved this prestigious accolade from Uptime Institute for Tier 3 design certification for a valued client in the middle east.
The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to two leading institutes as well as innovative genomics and biodata companies, scientific facilities, and a state of the art conference centre.
BSE 3D have been privileged to design a new facility to operate independently focusing on the principles to mitigate the impact we have on the planet by being sustainable as a high priority. The Campus has a mission to improve human health and wellbeing and BSE 3D put sustainability at the heart of our operations and reduce the demands we place upon natural resources.
BSE 3D attended site with the principle contractor, Wates this week to review the building services installation to the newly formed storage facility we have designed the building services for. Good progress has been made by Sotham’s Engineering Services and BJF for the mechanical and electrical services installations with the project nearing completion. The project saw a portion of an existing building on campus refurbished to become a new storage facility. Detailed coordination has been required between all parties through the project to strip out and introduce new services to the zone without effecting the service and functionality of the remainder of the building that sits outside of this project scope. Three new heat pumps have been provided by Mitsubishi Electric to provide domestic hot water and heating together with a full refurbishment and adaptation of existing air handling plant to afford the client both cost and programme savings with a completely new ductwork installation featuring high bay diffusers from Waterloo Air. In addition to new storage facilities, the project includes an office refurbishment, a new LV switchroom for the project featuring a smart new panel from ICW Powermode switchgear. A dedicated DESEAR store has also been provided.
The 17th June saw the finale of a fantastic week of collaboration between schools and local business to enthuse the next generation of Engineers and Scientists in Mid Sussex.
The Mid Sussex Science Week (MSSW) was co-founded by Philip Todd of BSE3D Consulting Engineers and has now been running for 6 years in Haywards Heath despite a break due to Covid. This year was the first visit to Burgess Hill. During the week local companies STEM ambassadors engaged with over 250 primary school pupils across Burgess Hill, helping them develop engineering and science projects. Students represented each school to present and be judged on their weeks work at The Kings Centre on the Friday.
BSE3D helped organise the event and showed the children how to make LED torches and use them for sending messages using Morse code. Friends and colleagues from Broadcast Bionics gave the young technologists an opportunity to find faults in a live radio broadcast and a chance to record their own voice overs as a DJ. Edwards Vacuums showed the effect that a vacuum has on various items including marshmallows – which the children enjoyed eating too! ISG who are currently building the new Woodlands Meed College, had the assistance of the pupils, to create a gigantic 12 foot high tetrahedron structure, while Burgess Hill manufacturer, Bio-Productions, had some fantastic demonstrations bringing biological technology to life. Sally Turner, a team GB Athlete sponsored by BSE3D brought in her bike and some sports equipment to show the children how science and technology are used to help athletes perform better and BSE|FM constructed a heat recovery ventilation unit with the children to ventilate their school classrooms.
Guest of Honour, Mims Davies, Member of Parliament for Mid-Sussex and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment, emphasised how important it is to encourage science, technology, engineering and maths with our young people, especially with Burgess Hill seeing the commencement of a new science and technology park. Mims thanked Philip Todd of BSE3D and Richard Cox of BHBPA and presented the winning school team, Birchwood Primary School, with a magnificent trophy and science-based books courtesy of Canterbury University STEM Hub.
The pupils then enjoyed a spectacular science magic show before being presented with very handsome certificates from Mid Sussex Science Week, officially awarded by the University of Canterbury.
The organisers were delighted to see such enthusiasm in the children who were all keen to share their projects and explain what they had learnt. Sincere thanks to all sponsors – without their generosity this event could not have taken place.
It is only in recent years that the majority of building projects have begun to require M&E consultancy as standard. For some time before, the idea of a specific specialist M&E consultant would have been the exception rather than the rule.
The remit for mechanical and electric engineering in building services and construction might have generally fallen to a more general contractor or consultant dealing with the design of HVAC and other building services systems.
However, in recent years, there have been greater demands from planning departments as well as more complex legislation especially around issues such as energy efficiency. This has led to projects becoming far more technically complicated.
For building projects looking to be cost-efficient and technically accurate, working with M&E consultants has become essential. Here, we take a closer look at some of the benefits.
Saving your project money
You might think that having to bring in M&E consultants would be an additional expense for the project, but actually, in the long run, this could well be a financial benefit. Working with M&E consultants early in the process allows planning to run more smoothly and helps to eliminate costly mistakes and amendments.
When M&E work is carried out by a main contractor, it tends to lead to a situation where this work is not prioritised or given the attention it needs. This can lead to a scenario where solutions are being devised much later in the project. This results in time pressures and rushed jobs, as well as compromises being forced on the situation.
With a dedicated M&R consultant, this work is thought about in the early stages and can be carefully planned through.
M&E consultants are experts in energy efficiency and sustainability planning. Leaving it to non-specialists will often mean having solutions created that are not specifically designed with these issues in mind, and end up not being fit for purpose. This kind of expertise can help projects stay ahead of environmental legislation.
Get the paperwork in place
Working with M&E specialists means that you have people who understand the legislative needs and how to stay in line with building regulations. M&E consultants can not only help with planning the mechanical and electrical engineering solutions for the project, they can also allow you to focus on getting the important details done.
Getting an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a vital part of this and can be easily done by experienced M&E professionals.
Help everyone understand
Another important service provided by M&E consultants is Building Information Modelling (BIM). This allows all of the stakeholders involved to understand the specific physical issues of the building project.
This can be extremely important, as it allows everyone to understand the needs of the project and avoids confusion and misunderstandings.
If you are interested in working with experienced M&E consultants, the team at BSE 3D has extensive experience operating throughout the sector. Get in contact with our expert team today – we would be happy to help you with your enquiry.
Improving a workspace is a brilliant way to make the working lives of your employers easier and more productive. And while the lighting of an office or workspace might seem like a small detail, it can actually have a huge impact on areas such as performance, efficiency, morale and even the health of staff.
Lighting has an effect on ergonomics – the last thing you want is employee straining to see what they are doing, or having to waste valuable time finding workarounds because of unsuitable lighting conditions.
Here we take a look at how office lighting affects your staff and what you can do to improve the lighting situation in your workplace.
Natural light vs. artificial light
The first thing to note is that it is widely agreed that natural light is superior to artificial light when it comes to productivity. People working in natural light typically sleep better, get more vitamin D and are even at a lower risk of seasonal depression.
Of course, in many workplaces it is not possible to use natural light exclusively – and even if you wanted to, your workplace will naturally be limited by its number of windows and their position. In the case of limited windows, it can be a great idea to utilise mirrors to help bounce the light around the space.
Artificial light is, however, a necessity in the vast majority of offices and workplaces, so it important to understand how to make the best use of it. Interestingly, there is some debate over the intensity of light, and how it should be used. Brighter lights have been shown to make workers more alert and can benefit concentration.
On the other hand, dimming the light has the effect of increasing creativity. Additionally, some workers have sensitive eyes, or can find working in very bright conditions is actually detrimental to their ability to work effectively.
One major lighting problem in many workplaces relates to glare. As we have established, bright lights can be effective in terms of productivity. But they can also shine against screens and other materials to the point where it actually makes it impossible to work.
This is why careful thought and consideration needs to go into the placement of bright lights – and ensuring that these bright lights do not have to be in operation at all times.
Giving staff choice
We come to a very important point then – it is best to understand the needs of your staff. Even better is if you can give your staff choice over their lighting. The choice between lights on and off isn’t much of a competition, but if lights can be installed that have the ability to be dimmed, it can be hugely beneficial to your staff.
If this cannot be managed or isn’t practical in your space, it could be more beneficial to use a range of lighting options including individual desk lights that can provide brighter lighting as needed by a specific member of staff.
Blue light vs. yellow light
Some studies have shown that, in the workplace, using blue-white light as opposed to yellow-white light is an effective way to improve productivity. The reason for this is actually quite scientific, and has to do with the way that human eyes perceive light.
Photoreceptors in the eyes not only allow us to see, they also impact what is known as our circadian rhythm. This is the signifier to our biological clock that tells us whether it is time to be awake or time to be asleep. Blue-white light is interpreted by the receptors as a time to wake and be alert. So, using this kind of light at work reduces sleepiness and helps staff to concentrate.
Working with professionals
Ultimately, there are many factors that need to be considered when you are considering how to best light your office. Every building is different and the work that your team is carrying out can have different lighting needs, so it is not always possible apply a one-size-fits-all solution to lighting that will suit your staff.
If you want to ensure that the lighting in your work environment is optimal for your staff it is a great idea to work with experienced building services professionals. The team at BSE 3D has extensive expertise in the design, specification and coordination lighting for buildings, and we would be happy to help you get more from yours.
Contact us today for more details.