WW:Academy

WW:Academy

Following the launch of WW:Academy and initial sessions for all levels in 2022, we are delighted to continue this key initiative with the next sessions for all levels in January and February 2023, supported by our structured WW:Academy platform. The site, hosted on our SharePoint and accessible to all staff, provides full details of the programme at each level, along with supporting information 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


Scottish Building Regulations

At Wallace Whittle we understand that there are fundamental design questions that need answering at an early stage.

The upcoming changes to the Building Standards Technical Handbooks, specifically Section 6, will require improved energy performance of all new buildings with carbon emissions targets reduced by 32%.

Please contact our Sustainability team who will be happy to discuss in more detail and advise what this update means for your projects.

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We've moved Glasgow office

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We have hit the ground running post management buyout in April 2021. From bringing onboard many new clients to investing heavily in our staff, we’re putting our big orange stamp on the Environmental Building Services market.  
 
And now, our Glasgow and Edinburgh offices have moved to new premises - upgrading facilities and working environments for our staff and placing us right in the heart of the cities. We have further plans to modernise all other existing offices across the business, with Aberdeen to begin an upgrade in early 2023.  

Glasgow

Location Director Barry McKeane enters his 19th year with Wallace Whittle and leads a team with a wealth of experience and technical ability covering all elements of MEP and Sustainability design.

Our Glasgow head office has a new home in the historic Garment Factory building in Merchant City.

The new 3500sqft office space will allow up to 50 staff to work collaboratively across 32 fixed workstations and 18 soft collaboration seats, in an inspiring environment with everything they need to deliver quality – and of course a cracking coffee machine. Our new neighbours include Threesixty Architecture, Reid Mitchell, Shoosmith, Incremental Group, Autorek and Channel 4.

This historic, category ‘B’ listed building sits on the corner of Ingram and Montrose St and was once home to the J&W Garment Factory. The building underwent a significant and sympathetic refurbishment in 2017, maintaining many original features whilst creating modern, light, working spaces.  

As the Head Office, it was important in Glasgow that we had a space that reflected our culture and vision for the business as well as providing a flexible, welcoming and collaborative environment for our staff and visiting clients.  

Our focus on ‘practicing what we preach’ is visible within our services design for the space. Maximising the fabric whilst utilising low energy, highly efficient equipment, natural ventilation and air quality monitoring systems, all linked to an interactive front end which allows us to review the ongoing performance of the office in accordance with our route map to Net Zero Carbon. Active travel is also encouraged by the provision of shower, changing, bike and locker facilities.

If you would like to pop in for a visit and a coffee, get in touch with Barry McKeane.

Photos from left/top: Barry McKeane, Glasgow Office

Allan McGill, Managing Director commented:

“Quality, flexibility and modern office space was key to rebranding post MBO and was very high on my personal agenda as a key area we felt the business should invest in as soon as it could.

With existing leases running out it gave us the push we required to look at suitable space across the city and in the Garment Factory we simply found a fantastic space in an even better location.

With the company already embracing hybrid working it allowed us to downsize slightly while investing in better quality space and a much higher level of fit-out than we have in previous years, which in turn has provided us with a space that will simply be a pleasure to work out of for staff and clients alike.”

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Edinburgh

Having established and grown the Edinburgh office, Location Director Stephen Osborne will continue to develop and lead the team in the new space.

Having outgrown our office at Lochrin Square, the Edinburgh team have expanded into new premises at 38 Thistle Street. 

Planned in 1767 and named after the national flower of Scotland, Thistle Street runs parallel to George St in the very heart of the New Town and is packed with independent shops, bars and coffee spots.  

Edinburgh has been designed in the image of our Glasgow head office. With dynamic collaborative workspaces, a relaxed meeting room, private soundproof pod and glorious natural light from the original windows – the new space will provide a new home for the Edinburgh team to grow further and work closely together. Our new neighbours include Gardiner & Theobald, Cuthbert White and Quattro Consult. There are several great restaurants on our doorstep and a fantastic pub right across the street! 

Stephen and his team, including all aspects of MEP and Sustainability design, are working on a variety of projects across various sectors and warmly invite you to pop in and say hello, if you’d like to visit get in touch with Stephen here

The flexible, agile space of 1600sqft allows up to 20 staff to occupy at any time, with 12 workstations, 6 soft collaboration seats and plenty of staff amenities. Active travel is encouraged by the provision of shower, changing and locker facilities, and we will be actively minimising energy use, monitoring air quality and reducing waste in accordance with our route map to Net Zero Carbon.

Photo from left/top: Stephen Osborne, Edinburgh Office

Allan McGill, Managing Director commented:

“Location and the type of space was key to our decision making and we lucked out again by finding this space in another fantastic building within an iconic area of Edinburgh. We have invested heavily in the fit-out and went all out to provide a mirror image of Glasgow by following a very rigid company branding criteria, that sees very similar features across both offices that in time will be rolled out across all 6 of our offices, with Aberdeen already planned for early 2023.”

It really has been all consuming since the MBO and to be able to deliver two new offices to such a high quality within the first 18 months of business is simply a fantastic achievement by the Board, who should be very proud of the progress they have made in such a short period of time. 

Feedback from staff has been incredibly positive across both offices and we look forward to inviting in our clients and friends to the spaces soon.

Finally, special thanks to Form Design, our fantastic lead designer, and to FES, our ever reliable fit out contractor, who have delivered two fantastic, modern, quality offices.

If you’d like to pop in for a visit and a coffee, get in touch with Barry McKeane, Glasgow or Stephen Osborne, Edinburgh. 

All photography: David Cadzow

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BIM Level 2 Verification

BIM Level 2 Verification

At Wallace Whittle, we pride ourselves on Quality of Product and Quality of Service.

Our Building Information Modelling (BIM) verification, is just one of the many ways we re-assure our clients that we have the in-house expertise to deliver BIM Level 2 projects, in compliance with the RIBA stages and industry standards.

Our experienced digital engineers utilise BIM from the early concept stages of projects, to visualise design intentions and make informed decisions. We use an in-house suite of standards, in conjunction with powerful BIM authoring software, to build our design within a 3D environment which we are then able to share with our design partners to provide the process with an efficient means of communicating information.

Our ability to work in this manner allows our design to be passed on to the construction phase adding value & support to such things as offsite project management, reducing abortive time on site and avoiding re-design resulting in waste materials.

Our experience integrating data into our models at the design phase provides our clients with the option to develop progressive operational data which assists with future aspects of the project, providing a full audit trail which lays the foundations for digital building asset management.

Paul Hargreaves, Associate Director and Paul Underhill, Associate BIM Technician took the lead on BIM, demonstrating our processes and procedures for the audit;

“Our BIM Level 2 verification as an appointed party, in compliance with ISO19650, provides our clients with re-assurance that their projects are in safe hands at Wallace Whittle. Receiving this verification with no non-conformities for the 6th year running, demonstrates the maturity of our capability and expertise of our team. Well done to everyone involved.” – Paul Hargreaves, Associate Director

If you want to chat with us further about BIM, drop us an email to contact@wallacewhittle.com

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Company Away Day 2022

Company Away Day 2022

Our Company Away Days are a couple of days of fun, relaxation and re-connection for our staff across our eight offices. After two years of home working and being behind screens, it was an important win for us to get everyone back together safely. We asked our staff to pack away laptops and stay off their phones to take a break and feel fully involved.

Arriving at Uddingston Cricket & Sports Club on day one, we welcomed staff with a delicious lunch and set out the plans for the next two days of fun and activities before heading out to the field for Cricket 7’s. Putting together groups with mixed roles, levels and disciplines allowed more opportunities for staff to meet others from different areas and really bond together as a team. That evening we mixed everyone up again for dinner and staff enjoyed the thrills of their own casino, posing for the photo booth, as well as enjoying some live music in the evening sunshine.

The start of day two focused on staff and business development sessions where we heard from Allan McGill, our Managing Director, about the focus and direction of the business, future plans and our growth post management buy-out, as well as development workshops on Quality & Standardisation from Associate Directors, Raymond Kelly and Paul Hargreaves. We ended the day back out on the field in the sunshine for our very own Crystal Maze. Mystery, mental, physical and skill challenges tested our communication and team work skills and the competition was fierce!

Staff feedback from the day has been incredibly positive and we’ve seen the value in taking this time for our staff, both in terms of time to switch off, but also in creating strong relationships between offices and departments.

We aim to be market-leading, providing benefits and training opportunities and investing in our staff. From learning and CPD opportunities with our Academy to providing our staff with access to healthcare and wellbeing support services. We give everyone an annual allowance to spend on branded clothing and accessories, support agile working and this year we’ve provided an end of Q1 cost of living bonus. We understand that investing in our staff is key to ensuring quality of life for them, and quality of service here at Wallace Whittle.

A huge thank you to Uddingston Cricket and Sport Club for hosting us and we can’t wait to see where next year takes us.

Check out the highlight video from the brilliant No73 Media and get in touch if you’d like any more information about how we invest in our people.


Dagenham Dock

Dagenham Dock

Wallace Whittle are proud to be involved in the Dagenham Green project for Dagenham Dock Limited/Peabody, which has recently received approval for an outline planning permission for a mixed use development of up to 3502 new homes, of which a minimum of 47% will be affordable.

Wallace Whittle have provided Energy, Utilities, MEP and Vertical Transportation services for both the masterplan and the first phase of the development which Dagenham Dock Limited/Peabody are looking to bring forward in the coming months.

We are delighted to be working on this exciting project with a vision to create a new sustainable neighbourhood with placemaking and the local community at the heart of the design development.

The mixed-use development will also provide:

  • Over 10 acres of public realm and landscaping, including a central 5-acre urban park and 15,000 sqm of playspace
  • New local shops and restaurants
  • 5 acres of land for a new Secondary School
  • A Heritage Trail that will signpost visitors to different aspects of the area’s history including the 1968 Sewing Machinists Strike and the biodiverse Thames Marshland.

Paul Dean, Director at Wallace Whittle “We share Peabody’s principles to provide a housing development for a connected community comprising open space with sustainable homes for the future.  It is a great opportunity for Wallace Whittle to help design and be part of creating Peabody’s great estates for the future, delivering the principles of the masterplan for Barking and Dagenham”.

Paul Dean, Warrington


Major Projects: Data Centre MEP Design

Major Projects: Data Centre MEP Design

The optimum design and installation of MEP services is essential to the smooth operation of any building however in the 365/24/7 data centre environment it is even more vital that the MEP design incorporates robust and reliable solutions that fulfil business objectives. The infrastructure also impacts on energy efficiency and operating costs so we must explore every opportunity to be energy efficient and considerate of the environment.

Our Stephen Phimister, as an Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer, is a recognised leader in the design of data centre MEP. We asked Stephen to share some of his current thoughts on Date Centre MEP design.

Resilience of every service within a data centre is fundamental. Over the past two years this need has been brought into sharp focus as the Covid-19 pandemic saw organisations move rapidly from centralised to decentralised working. Many companies whom had previously resisted cloud services found themselves deploying them very quickly to enable remote working. This was observed by data centre operators who saw increased demand right from the initial few weeks of lockdown as services were modified to cope with the changing environment. As businesses continue to adapt to new ways of working there will be increased global demand for data centre space.

Data centre demands

The demands of a data centre MEP design are considerably greater than those required for a standard building and normal pressures on designers are intensified. For example, physical space is always a key factor to take into consideration with each rack having a rental value attached to it. Obtaining more rack space can make a considerable difference to revenue levels over the lifetime of a data centre therefore optimising plant space is a critical aspect of design.

Data centres can have a particularly high energy density. Consequently, the sheer amount of power and critical nature of the loads being served require significant expertise in the design and delivery of the solution. This is not just to support the immediate power needs of the IT systems. Multiple voltages levels, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), large standby generators, fuel storage, transformers, metering and power usage effectiveness are just a few of the multidimensional electrical design considerations. However, of equally critical importance is the cooling solution and although significant improvements have been made in recent years designers still strive to reduce energy demand. The challenges of targeting Net Zero Carbon apply to data centres as well!

As energy efficiency of the electrical and mechanical systems is critical, from both an environmental and commercial perspective, innovative design can minimise the power required to run a data centre. In view of the energy density, small improvements in design efficiency can have dramatic effects in reducing carbon footprint and running costs.

From compressor free cooling, to hot/cold aisle containment solutions, to increased server operating temperatures, no stone should be left unturned when it comes to reducing energy consumption. However, all these good design measures can be ineffective if the operator cannot monitor, and therefore control, the energy use in operation. Metering is therefore vitally important, and this is delivered through a comprehensive metering solution or may be combined into an Integrated Data Centre Infrastructure Management (IDCIM) system, which combines the MEP and IT operating conditions of the facility.

In terms of site selection, from an engineering perspective power and communications are key. Some clients may try to manage risk through geographical remoteness however, without network capacity, what may seem like an ideal site may render it impracticable for data centre use. It is therefore vital that early feasibility and investigations are commissioned prior to a data centre build project commencing, to mitigate or minimise the risk associated with these potentially expensive fixes.

Setting the standard

There are many different standards that clients may choose to follow. For example, the Uptime Institute is one that is recognised globally for the creation and administration of data centre design, construction, and operational sustainability certification. Its Tier rating, which defines the standards required for different resilience levels, is probably the most quoted (and often misquoted) reference in data centre design. There is also a plethora of further specialist standards which must also be considered by the MEP design team.

Local and National legislation can introduce complexities, and the designers must be skilled at juggling the sometimes diverging business, build and regulatory requirements. In terms of meeting client expectations, it is vital to identify early on any gaps between their aspirations and regulatory or design restrictions. Of course, every client has unique requirements for their data centre facility. So, to deliver a successful project, the MEP design team must be skilled in extracting this information and harnessing a client’s knowledge about their business operations.

For any building services project, effective communication is the key element as this will highlight potential issues early on in a project, saving costly changes further down the line. Due to the levels of resilience demanded by a data centre, effective project communication is even more vital. Given the importance of MEP services within the operation of a data centre it is therefore imperative that building services engineers are involved from the earliest stages of design to help inform a successful final building layout and configuration.

We will be delighted to offer our considerable expertise in any of your Data Centre or business critical MEP design requirements.

Stephen Phimister, Glasgow


England: Sector Diversity and Regional Growth

England: Sector Diversity and Regional Growth

With the strengthening of our offer across England, we asked our England Director, Craig Robertson, to give us his thoughts on our recent regional growth and sector diversity…

Wallace Whittle operates nationwide from our locations in London and Warrington and currently have projects in Yorkshire and Manchester in the North, London and Plymouth in the South as well as Norwich in the East and Cardiff in Wales.

We’ve worked with great people on excellent projects, often providing engineering input to incorporate advanced and leading edge technologies and Modern Methods of Construction. A considerable focus has been put on achieving optimum sustainable solutions. The range of projects has been extensive, including those for blue chip clients and often working with world class architects, engineers and specialists.

Many of these developments are mixed-use and so there has always been a wide variety of challenges to meet. I have led many town centre and retail developments for Wallace Whittle, and it is rewarding to be able to work on solutions which provide a built environment for future generations, which will increasingly be integrated with Work, Rest & Play Developments.

While residential accommodation remains a core component within these projects, flexibility is also key with commercial and community facilities often included. We currently have projects which cover many sectors including residential mixed-use, incorporating affordable and market-value homes as well as private rental (PRS/BTR) apartments and serviced apartments, aparthotels, Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in Bristol and Leeds, and CoLiving, which also provide leisure and workplace accommodation for occupiers.

I’ve seen a growth in the incorporation of leisure facilities in mixed-use urban regeneration and increasing focus on Wellbeing and community. Traditional elements such as cinemas and hotels are still very much evident but recently complemented by innovative fun options such as electronic crazy golf, high quality artisan street food, and interactive activities from darts to rock climbing.

Some of our recent leisure experience includes new Hotels for Hilton in Woking and Brighton, for Dalata in Brighton, and for Reef Group in Oxford.

Offices and contemporary workplace is a busy and growing sector, and some of our current projects include a new HQ for Royal London in the City of London at Fenchurch Street where they will relocate into the top floors of the building with 600 staff, and fit out of new offices for PayPal.

I was pleased to see completion of HB Reavis’ Bloom Clerkenwell office. We were involved in this project at the outset providing commercial expertise for their acquisition, and delivering a sustainable energy solution for the building.

We are also working with BT as part of their Better Workplace Programme an exciting strategic approach to deliver new state of the art workplace across the UK for one of the nations leading companies, having been involved with their new 6,000m² contact centre in Warrington and redeveloped workplace in Glasgow, and we have recently started on a similar refurbishment project in Cardiff of a similar size for BT.

We are also very pleased to be helping Nuffield with their new world class 10,000m² 54 bed, 5 theatre treatment centre in Bournemouth. Further project diversity is provided by our commission with Smurfit Kappa, the major packaging manufacturer, where we are integrating services solutions within their processing to optimise sustainable technologies at their plants in the North Wales.


One Year On... Sustainable Evolution

One Year On... Sustainable Evolution

A year on from his debut at Wallace Whittle, we asked our Sustainability Director, David Spiteri, to gives us his thoughts as we look back through the last twelve months.

Well, where has the time gone? In April 2021, as part of our post MBO renaissance we committed to significantly enhance our Sustainable consultancy capability and put sustainable design firmly at the core of everything we do. One year on, this month also marks my first anniversary at the helm of the Wallace Whittle Sustainability department.

From day one, my vision was clear; to develop the business into the sector leader for sustainable environmental building services engineering design, promoting human-centric environments whilst minimising the impact on our planet. Why? We are passionate about sustainability and understand the urgency to create a built environment which can stand the test of time. We also recognise the considerable influence our industry and our activities have on our ecosystems, with UK real estate accounting for:

  • 45% of total UK carbon emissions (27% from domestic buildings and 18% from non-domestic).
  • 72% of domestic emissions arise from space heating and the provision of hot water.
  • 32% of landfill waste comes from the construction and demolition of buildings.
  • 13% of products delivered to construction sites are sent directly to landfill

Government, local authorities, funders and developers have concluded that sustainability in building developments is a broad-ranging and complex subject which must be considered and scrutinized from the inception of any project to truly stand the chance of making an impact.

In the past 365 days we have been busy…

Enhancing...


our Sustainability expertise by building a strong team of dedicated sustainability consultants with 50 years’ worth of combined experience, providing a wide-range of services.

Developing...


market-tested, holistic, residential sustainable design solutions able to meet current needs without compromising the ability to adapt to future environmental and energy shifts.

Introducing...


NABERS and Home Quality Mark expertise in-house to complement our current building certification services (BREEAM and WELL®)

Driving...


Net Zero Carbon design strategies for new and existing buildings adding long-term value to commercial developments.

Advising...


on cost-implications of including design measure to improve health and wellbeing for their occupants.

Committing...


with a detailed roadmap, to becoming a net zero carbon business by 2030.

This is, by no means, our end game. We truly believe that knowledge-sharing is the key to advancing sustainability practices across the industry. Now that we have the foundations in place, our next step is to give back to the industry by sharing our lessons learnt with external stakeholders. We will shortly launch a ‘Wallace Whittle Seminar Series’, where we will provide opportunities for industry stakeholders to make a positive impact through learning and sharing knowledge on sustainability. These seminars will explore a range of topics which are of current concern, so watch this space.

Whatever your challenge, get in touch to discuss how we can help you meaningfully define a roadmap to address your sustainability needs.

David Spiteri, Sustainability Director 

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