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Enhancing Sustainability Through Operational Energy Expertise: A Wallace Whittle Approach

Enhancing Sustainability Through Operational Energy Expertise: A Wallace Whittle Approach


In the ever-evolving landscape of sustainability within the built environment, operational energy plays a pivotal role. At Wallace Whittle, we take pride in our ability to provide comprehensive assessments and calculations to predict energy consumption. Our expertise empowers clients to make informed decisions, minimise energy consumption, reduce energy costs, and contribute to a greener future.

Our Approach:

Understanding and predicting energy consumption is at the core of our approach. Our team employs sophisticated assessments and calculations to evaluate key energy end-uses, including heating, cooling, lighting, and other energy sources. By leveraging our multi-disciplinary backgrounds and sector-specific knowledge, we ensure a thorough analysis that sets the stage for a net-zero carbon design.

One of the distinguishing features of Wallace Whittle’s approach is our commitment to holistic design, we recognise that the success of any sustainable design hinges on two crucial components: the system/project design and the behaviour of the building occupants.

Our team collaborates closely with architects, MEP engineers, and our clients to integrate the system design seamlessly. Simultaneously, we engage in a conversation with clients to understand the details of building usage and occupant behaviour.

From Concept to Integration: Making Sustainability Tangible

Our approach enables us to showcase the impact of proposed designs from the beginning. We empower our clients to make environmentally conscious decisions through education, by providing them with a clear understanding of operating costs, utilities expenditure, and potential areas for improvement. We find that transparency fosters a collaborative environment where clients can actively participate in the journey towards sustainable and energy efficient buildings.

We actively engage with clients to gain insights into occupant behaviour, ensuring that our assessments are grounded in real-world scenarios. By basing our calculations on factors such as daily usage patterns, we create designs that align seamlessly with the needs and behaviours of the end users.

Reducing Costs, Reducing Carbon

With our operational energy expertise, we aim to help clients beyond reducing their energy costs but also to decrease their overall carbon footprint. Through meticulous assessments, we identify opportunities to enhance energy efficiency, minimise waste and optimise overall performance. This proactive approach positions our clients to not only meet but exceed their sustainability goals.

Operational energy considerations are more critical now than ever. At Wallace Whittle, we take pride in our ability to merge cutting-edge assessments, holistic design principles, and client collaboration to create buildings that not only meet but exceed sustainability benchmarks. By prioritising both system design and occupant behaviour, we pave the way for a greener, more efficient future—one sustainable design at a time.


We’d love to bring our expertise to your next project, get in touch with our Sustainability team today by emailing [email protected] or head to our LinkedIn to find out more about what we do.

Andy Chan

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Trainee Design Engineer, Aberdeen

Job Description

Job Title: Trainee Design Engineer
Directly reports to: Senior Engineer / Director
No of Direct Reports: 0
Location: Aberdeen

Position Summary:

To take guidance from & assist Engineers & Senior Engineers by carrying out design related duties as directed.

Responsibilities and authority:

  • Assisting a team of engineers and technicians with the production of engineering drawings
  • Assist in production of 3D or 2D drawings using computer software
  • Assist in preparation of simple engineering calculations
  • Initial checking of own work
  • Contributing to providing solutions to design problems
  • Meeting agreed deadlines
  • Attending meetings and/or site visits/surveys with Senior Engineer/Director
  • Attending and participating in company activities, presentations and workshops
  • Keeping your training log up to date and attending training/Continuous Professional Development where appropriate
  • Supporting the administration of projects
  • Ensuring application and maintenance of all Quality System procedures

Specific skills, knowledge, competencies and training

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 passes at National 5/Standard Grade Credit Level/Intermediate 2 (Grade A-C) including English, Maths and a science subject.
  • Preferred Minimum of 3 Highers including English, Maths and a science subject (preferably Physics or Technological Studies)
  • Alternatively completed a recognised Electrical apprenticeship within the construction industry.

Essential:

  • All Relevant training will be provided
  • The desire to work in an engineering office environment
  • Good numeracy, literacy and computing skills
  • Ability to manage your own time and prioritise at busy times
  • Awareness of the Building Services Engineering environment
  • Ability to think in a methodical way
  • Good communication skills within a team and externally

Desirable:

  • Willingness to achieve professional qualification.
  • An interest in using computers for design work, calculations, and testing designs
  • A temperament that means you work well with other people
  • Previous consulting engineer experience
  • Knowledge and experience of Autocad or Revit software
  • Knowledge of energy and thermal modelling software such as IES

Apply Now

WW:Academy

WW:Academy

Following the launch of WW:Academy for all levels in 2022, we are now heading into delivery of the first sessions for 2024/25. Supported by our WW:Academy resource site, which provides full details of the programme at each level, along with supporting information, training and documentation.      

Academy Manager Paul Hargreaves leads this Learning and Development programme and works closely with our Quality and Standardisation Manager, Raymond Kelly.  Supported by the Management and Operations Boards, Paul and Raymond ensure that all our staff are nurtured and supported, and that the future of Wallace Whittle is in safe hands, while we deliver against our key objectives of Quality of Product, Quality of Service and Standardisation.

Our WW:Academy programme offers:

Structured Learning and Development covering all levels and all areas of our business


Degree Apprenticeships, with part time university leading to full professional qualifications


Technician Apprenticeships, with part time college, leading to technician professional qualifications and subsequent university entrance


On the job supported learning in all aspects of our business


An allocated personal mentor and regular reviews


Specialist training from our in-house experts in a broad range of aspects including:

   Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health Engineering
   Sustainability Consultancy
   CAD and BIM services
   Software and Technology
   Finance
   Business Development
•   Marketing
   Communication, presentation and report writing skills
•   Digital Engineering & Quality Management
•   Construction and contract law
   People and team management
•   Social responsibility
   Environmental responsibility
   Site based experience with our Main Contractor and MEP Contractor partners
•   Complementary professional experience with Architect, C&S and QS partners
•   Involvement in STEM outreach activities and supporting others
   Varied social activities at office and company level


Our WW:Academy also provides career long continued professional learning and development opportunities to support every aspect of career progression for all our staff, and comprises four levels as outlined below:

    Level 1 – All staff
    Level 2 – Junior / Graduate staff
    Level 3 – Aspiring staff
    Level 4 – Next generation staff

Levels 1 and 2 are as described, with levels 3 and 4 being focused on the mentoring and development of our current mid-level engineers and management to evolve into future management and business leaders and winners.

Paul Hargreaves Academy Manager, Associate Director

Raymond Kelly Quality and Standardisation, Associate Director


CFD Study for Monklands Replacement Hospital

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CFD Study for Monklands Replacement Hospital

CFD Study for Monklands Replacement Hospital


The heating solution for the Monklands Replacement Hospital project, of which we are providing M&E design and Sustainability consultancy, is using air source heat pumps (ASHP) located on the roof of the energy centre for the development.

To get a little technical, the ASHP are generating circa 16MW of heat, which we understand to be the largest array of units currently being designed in the UK. With the discharge air from the ASHP being around 7°C below the ambient temperature, we had concerns with regard to the micro-climate that would be generated around the ASHP and the possibility of re-circulation across the heat pumps which reduces the efficiency of the installation.

We commissioned a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study, working in collaboration with JG Consulting, to test design to achieve the optimum layout based on varying ambient temperatures, wind speeds from various directions as well as taking account of the impact of the adjacent buildings.

The study is ongoing but the initial findings are being honed to create the optimum configuration.


Get in touch with us today to discuss your next Healthcare project – [email protected]

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Infrastructure Resilience: DataVita DV2 UPS Testing

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Infrastructure Resilience: DataVita DV2 UPS Testing

Infrastructure Resilience: DataVita DV2 UPS Testing


Commissioning is an important part of completing any project but in a critical environment such as a data centre it is even more important that each item is first commissioned and then tested in conjunction with all other systems to prove the interaction in a number of failure modes. This is known as Integrated System Testing (IST). It’s a complex process of predictive response and recording that ensures reliability when it matters most.

DataVita’s new DV2 facility saw Vertiv’s first deployment of Lithium-Ion batteries in Scotland. A lot of consideration went into the specification of both the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and the battery as energy efficiency, space efficiency and safety were paramount. The UPS can operate at 97% efficiency on double conversion or 99% on dynamic online mode. Coupled with the energy efficiency of the battery arrangement, this will significantly reduce the operating efficiently and drive down the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

Addressing concerns surrounding the fire risk associated with Lithium-Ion batteries, the specification called for additional safety measures. A robust battery management system prevents overcharging, deep discharge, and overheating to protect the batteries. Complemented by advanced fire detection and suppression mechanisms, these measures ensure not only the reliability of the facility but also the safety of personnel.

As part of commissioning, we load bank tested the Vertiv UPS – a task that presented unique challenges, especially considering the facility’s basement location.

The successful commissioning of the UPS allowed the facility to then move into full IST.

As the data centre landscape evolves, DataVita’s commitment to cutting-edge technology and safety measures sets a new standard for the industry. At Wallace Whittle, we’re experienced and ready to deliver robust data centre design.


Get in touch with us at [email protected]

Stephen Phimister

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WWe’ve moved up 15 places in this year’s Building Top 150 Consultants

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WWe’ve moved up 15 places in this year’s Building Top 150 Consultants

WWe’ve moved up 15 places in this year’s Building Top 150 Consultants


Since our management buyout in April 2021, we’ve been very well received and welcomed back by the market, design teams and clients. This reception has empowered us to drive the business post-MBO, as we relentlessly pursue the highest standards of product and service quality. We are also driving standardisation throughout the organisation, a crucial need within our industry and a demand echoed by the market as a whole. We have moved from 88th to 73rd place, with a 54% increase in fee income.

Our Managing Director, Allan McGill, said “Over the past two and a half years, we have not only expanded our order books but have also upgraded three out of our six offices to premium facilities. We successfully launched the initial phases of our Training Academy at all levels, introduced our staff Benefits portal, and much more. These achievements have positioned us for continued growth across various regions, while we simultaneously focus on internal development to elevate our levels of quality and standardisation.”


Read the full article and see the list at Building.co.uk 

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Collaborating for a Greener Future

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Collaborating for a Greener Future

Collaborating for a Greener Future: Insights from jmarchitects and Wallace Whittle's Net Zero Carbon CPD


In a world where environmental sustainability is at the forefront of our concerns, jmarchitects and Wallace Whittle took a step towards a greener future by co-hosting a Net Zero Carbon (NZC) event, aiming to bring a 360° perspective to the discussion. Held in the Storytelling Centre on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, this event brought together experts, thought leaders, and professionals from various fields to examine the pivotal issue of achieving net zero carbon emissions. 

Our chair, Robin Blacklock, Managing Director at Dowbrae, led a fruitful discussion and pushed our panel with thought-provoking questions, steering the conversation to the challenges and opportunities tied to the Net Zero Carbon journey through lessons learned and current practice.

The panel of speakers included: 

  • David Spiteri, Director & Head of Sustainability at Wallace Whittle 
  • Magdalena Blazusiak, Senior Architectural Technologist, jmarchitects 

These experts, each bringing their unique perspectives, shared their insights on what it takes to create truly net zero carbon buildings and we thank them again for their valuable time.  

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Net Zero Carbon 


Achieving net zero carbon emissions in the built environment has become a race against time, demanding a swift response from the construction sector. In light of this challenge, our Head of Sustainability, David Spiteri’s presentation highlighted crucial components of NZC design. It explored design trends and focused on understanding the definition of NZC in buildings. David outlined necessary approaches to achieve this, highlighting key design implications crucial for meeting these targets, sharing valuable lessons learned from past initiatives. 

A truly net zero carbon building must not only reduce its carbon emissions but also be efficient in its energy use. This efficiency is not only an environmental goal but also an economic one, as energy-efficient buildings can significantly lower operating costs over their lifetime. 

Functionality, too, is key. A building must serve its intended purpose effectively while also reducing its carbon footprint. This can include designing spaces that allow for natural lighting and ventilation, implementing energy-efficient HVAC systems, and using sustainable building materials. 

Location plays a vital role as well. A building should be in a location that minimizes its impact on the environment, with access to public transportation and amenities that reduce the need for long commutes and energy consumption. 

Collaboration for a Sustainable Future 


The discussions underscored the importance of collaboration and engagement at all levels to create sustainable places. Achieving net zero carbon emissions is a collective effort, requiring cooperation between architects, engineers, developers, policymakers, and the community. 

By working together, we can create sustainable places that not only reduce carbon emissions but also support our communities. Sustainable buildings have the potential to create new opportunities, improve the quality of life for residents, and positively affect the environment directly or indirectly. 

The breakfast seminar was a comprehensive exploration of the concept of achieving net zero carbon emissions. It showcased the commitment of jmarchitects and Wallace Whittle to making a positive impact on our environment. The event highlighted that the road to a sustainable future may be challenging, but with collaboration and innovative solutions, we can make a real difference. 


Get in touch with us today to discuss your next project or to learn more about our education expertise – [email protected]

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Highlighting: Education

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Highlighting: Education

Education


Our experience in the Education sector is wide-ranging and long-standing. Working with local Hubs and councils, we have the experience to provide our current and future student generations with the best environments to increase comfort and support new methods of teaching, learning and research. We design to enhance wellness and minimise environmental impact as the world works towards Net Zero Carbon.

In fact, many of our education projects have gone on to be shortlisted and win awards, from Scottish Design Awards to Learning Places Scotland Awards!

WWe have worked on various schools including SEN schools across the UK and Ireland. Including:

  • Charlton Park Academy, Greenwhich
  • Adrossan Community Campus, Ayr
  • Big Creative Academy, Walthamstow
  • Harris Academy, Dundee
  • Inverurie Community Campus, Aberdeen (SEN)
  • Maybole Community Campus, Ayr

And more…

We are built to provide MEP & Sustainability consultancy and design across many different features such as:

  • 3G pitches, multi-use games areas and external play areas
  •  Six-lane swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, warm water pools and sports halls
  • Community cafes
  • Top-tier energy efficient SFT model targets for core facilities


Get in touch with us today to discuss your next project or to learn more about our education expertise – [email protected]

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Principal Mechanical Engineer, Warrington

Job Description

Job Title: Principal Mechanical Engineer
Directly reports to: Associate/ Associate Director
No of Direct Reports: 0
Location: Warrington

Position Summary:

Proficient and self-motivated engineer, with good time management skills and a track record for consistent project delivery – with strong technical knowledge and competence discipline. Works well with minimal supervision.

Responsibilities and authority:

  • Undertake mechanical design and consultancy work including systems design, production, specifications and schedules; provide reports and advice to clients.
  • Liaise with other design team members internal and external, represent the business at meetings.
  • Liaise with and provide focal point for clients and lead and/or support consultants to ensure that client interests are more effectively fulfilled.
  • Collaborate and work effectively with all others affecting or affected by your work.
  • Adopt a responsible attitude to project management and actively undertake training of subordinate staff.
  • Regularly review personal and subordinates forward programme workload. Develop and frequently review priority lists of programmed tasks.
  • Check adequacy and accuracy of information and documentation produced by others.
  • Ensure application and maintenance of all Quality System procedures.
  • Carry out all personal management duties including weekly recording of man-hour commitments to individual projects and reporting on a monthly basis particular project fee input information.
  • Manage projects including organisation of trainee staff and project delivery to time and cost requirements.
  • Comply with all security procedures and commercial in-confidence restrictions associated with work duties.
  • Undertake all other duties as may be required to assist in the fulfilment of the primary objectives of the Directors.
  • To contribute to ensuring operations are conducted in accordance with the relevant ISO and national legislation.

Specific skills, knowledge, competencies and training

Education and Experience:

  • Preferably BEng (Hons) Degree in Building Services Engineering / Mechanical Engineering.
  • Chartered or working towards chartership with IMECHE/CIBSE.
  • Minimum engineering HNC/HND or equivalent qualification.
  • Competent in AutoCad and knowledge of Revit

Desirable:

  • Technically competent engineer with excellent communication and time management skills. Good team ethic approach and the ability to financially control and project manage.

Apply Now

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Highlighting: Commercial

Commercial


With the transition of workspace design to accommodate agile & hybrid working, staff wellbeing, smart technology and steps towards Net Zero Carbon it is important for any new office design to be able to implement these changes.

At Wallace Whittle we have all the skills and experience to design sector leading Grade A commercial office spaces that include all of the above.

Our commercial clients including Barclays, Virgin Money, Morgan Stanley, Royal London, Dublin Airport Central & Scottish Power HQ, have all utilized our expertise when designing their new spaces with Wallace Whittle.

Our office spaces provide:

  • Comfort and Functionality: via passive design and MEP engineering, including low energy HVAC systems, lighting and electrical installations.
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: Delivering Net Zero Carbon in operation with increasing focus on embodied and whole life carbon, as well as renewable energy, circular economy and ESG.
  • Safety & Security: Incorporating systems that ensure occupant and building protection.
  • Technology: Providing connectivity to optimise communication, agile working, seamless movement, energy consumption, use of space, air quality and visible sustainability.
  • Wellbeing: Designing human-centric spaces where people are stimulated, healthier, happier, and more productive as a result.


Get in touch with us today to discuss your next project or to learn more about our commercial expertise – [email protected]

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