CFD Study for Monklands Replacement Hospital


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]

Infrastructure Resilience: DataVita DV2 UPS Testing


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.

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Highlighting: Fit-Outs


Highlighting: Fit-Outs


WWe spend more than 90% of our time indoors and we know that the quality of our environment impacts our health and how we feel. In turn, our health and wellbeing impact our productivity, so we understand how important it is to create a quality space to live and work.

At Wallace Whittle we adopt and adapt technology to provide the finest environmental engineering solutions and user experience. We are focused on people; our clients, their staff and those who occupy and use the buildings we help to design.

Office spaces have been at the forefront of hybrid working conversations, with employees expecting and deserving a space to thrive. We have wide-ranging experience across fit-outs, whether that be Cat A, Cat B or refurbishment. For many projects, carbon accounting is high on the agenda so sympathetic refurbishment or retrofitting can give tired spaces a new lease of life.

One of our most recent projects, Barclays Glasgow Campus, scooped up two awards at the British Council Office Awards – Corporate Workplace, and going on to win Best of the Best! That’s on top of the regional BCO awards for Corporate Workplace, Innovation and ESG.

Recent fit-out projects include:

  • Royal London, 80 Fenchurch Street
  • Barclays Glasgow Campus
  • Burges Salmon, Edinburgh Office Extension
  • Rathbones, Edinburgh
  • Virgin Money, Glasgow
  • OVO @ Cadworks Glasgow

And of course, our very own WW office upgrades in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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

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

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 

Collaborating for a Greener Future


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]

Highlighting: Education


Highlighting: 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]

Highlighting: Commercial


Highlighting: 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]

Highlighting: Healthcare


Highlighting: Healthcare


Our experience in the Healthcare Sector spans over two decades, and is wide-ranging across new facilities as well as regeneration. We have worked on numerous projects to improve healthcare for the future, in some of the biggest facilities including; Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Monklands Replacement Hospital, Peterborough City Hospital, the new Balfour Hospital and more.

These are just some of the ways in which we have helped to shape the future of healthcare delivery:

  • Hospital Design and Engineering: Including HVAC systems, electrical systems, water, drainage, and other essential infrastructure to ensure the efficient functioning of healthcare facilities.
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: Incorporating renewable energy sources including Net Zero Carbon designs, optimising lighting systems, and implementing green building practices to reduce environmental impact.
  • Medical Equipment Infrastructure: Designing spaces with the necessary electrical, mechanical, and technical requirements for medical equipment to operate effectively.
  • Compliance and Safety: Designing spaces that comply with health and safety regulations to provide a safe environment for patients, staff, and visitors.
  • Infrastructure Upgrades and Renovations: Assessing existing buildings and providing recommendations for renovations and improvements.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Designing systems and layouts that facilitate efficient emergency response and evacuation procedures.

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

Wallace Whittle appointed to NHS HPCCAS Framework Agreement

Committed to being a force for good, NHS SBS is dedicated to acting responsibly and sustainably at organisational, team and individual level. Sharing common values and unity of purpose with the rest of the NHS family, its solutions are underpinned by cutting-edge technologies and the teams’ expertise, in-depth understanding of the NHS, and commitment to service excellence.

The national framework agreement is designed to ensure ease of access and offers a compliant route to market for NHS and public sector organisations. It covers construction consultancy services for any size of project; traditional, design & build, new build, and refurbishment projects.

We have secured a place on Lot 5 – Mechanical, Electrical & Public Health (MEP)

To discuss any aspects of the framework agreement and how it can assist you, please contact Paul Dean, Director, at [email protected]

We look forward to hearing about your next project.

Paul Dean

Director of Warrington

Wallace Whittle & Xeretec - A Technical Relationship

Xeretec Ltd, our IT tech providers, recently filmed a case study in our Glasgow Head Office.

They spoke with Raymond Kelly, our Quality & Standardisation Manager, about how our high-spec HP kit allows us to deliver on our goals of quality & standardisation, as well as hearing from Paul Cooper, Director, on how it makes the working lives of our team even more efficient.

The Wallace Whittle Way is all about Quality of Product, Quality of Service and Standardisation. Xeretec have helped us upgrade and standardise our tech across all our offices which enables the team to deliver quality. In particular within the offices, our large curved screens allow multiple window working and have streamlined productivity. Our laptops are also recycled by Xeretec after three years, allowing us to ensure we’re up to date with technology without impacting the environment.

You can read their full case study, which includes a video chat with our IT Manager, Sukhpreet Kaur, about the benefits of the tech and our ongoing relationship.

If you’d like to discuss further, we’re happy to chat – email [email protected]