Edinburgh: One Year On...

Edinburgh: One Year On...

A year on from the launch of our Edinburgh office, we asked Edinburgh Director, Stephen Osborne, to summarise some highlights from the last twelve months.

It has been a fast and exciting year and I have very much enjoyed the growth of our Edinburgh office, building on my own 30 years to date as an MEP Consultant in the city, as well as the wide portfolio of work completed previously by Wallace Whittle. There can’t be many new offices that can point to a development like Edinburgh St James Quarter and say, “we did that…”. I’ve had great support from clients, industry friends and colleagues, and the trust put in me and my team is hugely appreciated.

Our projects are diverse, spread across various sectors, reflecting the experience and flexibility of the team. In offices, we are delivering new workspace for Rathbones Wealth Management, for Burges Salmon solicitors, and at Rowan House where we are refurbishing four floors of quality Grade A office space. We are very happy to work beyond the confines of the city, and we are providing MEP design and Sustainability and Wellbeing consultancy for the new Royal London HQ, at 80 Fenchurch Street in London, as well as an industrial project for James Donaldson Timber at Ilkeston. In education, we are working on a comprehensive refurbishment of the Stow Building for Glasgow School of Art, and both Maybole Community Campus and Ardrossan Community Campus are being delivered from Edinburgh. Both campuses are sector exemplars in sustainable low carbon fossil-fuel free design, with Maybole achieving band A LEIP funding. Our residential commissions include Columba House, recently submitted for Planning, and the Dundashill residential development, comprising 79 new build exemplary low carbon homes.

We have provided professional services support in Technical Due Diligence, condition, and acquisition surveys, and undertaken a series of refurbishment works, including low carbon plant replacement at the Thistles Centre in Stirling.

Several other projects are currently at early stages and can’t be disclosed here, including new premises for a luxury retail operator and an innovative leisure project. We have even discussed conversion of a highland castle to five star leisure accommodation.

Our Edinburgh team has grown in line with the projects we have secured, and we now have twelve staff based in the Edinburgh office. This includes Sustainability and Wellbeing, as well as MEP engineering expertise, and our company marketing is led from Edinburgh, providing a strong, talented, and diverse team of people. We are closely integrated with the wider business and enjoy the support of resource and specialisms from our other offices as required. We are currently recruiting for Graduates and Degree Apprentices and we will continue to grow the team to ensure that we consistently deliver quality of product and service.

Our office at Spaces at Lochrin Square has been flexible and served us well as we have built our team, but we have now outgrown it and we look forward to moving into our new city centre office in early summer. We are fitting the office out to reflect our move to hybrid agile working and this, along with our additional staff benefits, underlines our increased focus and commitment to staff wellbeing.

Looking to the future, we are working on several exciting new projects which are all confidential at this stage. I look forward to sharing more news as these become public, and to continuing to build the Edinburgh office to serve the needs of our clients and collaborators. Please get in touch if you would like to hear more about what we are up to, and I would be delighted to meet to discuss any assistance we can offer you.



We are delighted to announce the internal appointment of Raymond Kelly as our Quality & Standardisation Manager, with responsibility for driving consistent and exemplary quality on all our projects, across all sectors. This is a new role within the business, and as a respected long term and highly valued member of the Wallace Whittle family with more than 42 years industry experience, Raymond has the full backing of the Management Board, and is ideally placed to drive our quality to even greater levels.

‘I am looking forward to this new role which serves to underline the Management Board’s commitment to improving already high levels of design standards and ensuring we maintain high quality of the product across the Business. We’ve got fantastic people in this company, and I’ve been very lucky to have worked alongside many of them and witness for myself how committed people are, and how willing Wallace Whittle are, to making things better, even when the pressure is on and in the face of the daily challenges we meet! I hope by providing a focus on quality and standardisation, that not only can we reinforce the Wallace Whittle brand, but we can also benefit individually and each get more personal satisfaction at the end of day’s work.’

We thank Raymond for taking on this key responsibility, and we offer him our support in this key area of our business.

Raymond Kelly, Glasgow

Major New Project

Major New Project

Given the success recently with the likes of Amazon Prime and Netflix going behind the scenes for all access content TV programmes, We are excited to reveal that we will be starring in our own fly on the wall documentary called ‘We’re Going To Need A Bigger Plant Room’. The 2 part mini series will take you through the daily struggles of MEP engineers and their constant battle to convince the rest of the design team that we need more space. This hard hitting, emotional edge of your seat series will provide a never before seen account of the challenges facing the unsung heroes of construction. Episode one ‘Sky Hooks’ focuses on how engineer Rick Shaw deals with the difficult task of incorporating invisible supports for the MEP services. Episode two ‘Dark Arts’ follows Associate Mona Lott as she tries in vain to explain how exactly MEP services work.

Paolo Flir, Glasgow

We Are Celebrating!

We Are Celebrating!

One year to the day since we relaunched Wallace Whittle, we are delighted with how the past twelve months have gone for the company in a whirlwind of activity, and development.

The last year has been all consuming for me to say the least, and I simply would not have it any other way. I would like to make special mention of our fantastic staff and my fellow Directors, who have faced the challenge head on, sharing my drive and ambition to make Wallace Whittle market leading in every single area we possibly can while maintaining our key focus on quality of product and quality of service at all times.

Highlights of the year have seen the business firmly establishing itself once again across key sectors and regions, and also growing in terms of order book and in staff numbers and office locations.

Our celebrations include enhanced regional growth across England, while maintaining organic growth in Scotland, Ireland and the Middle East. We are also celebrating the growth of our market leading Sustainability team, headed by David Spiteri, as we and our clients face the global climate emergency.

In-house the development of our very own WW:BeneFIT portal, WW:Direct online shop and WW:Intranet have also been very important, as these platforms allow us to engage much more closely with our staff while also enhancing their overall package and providing additional benefits for them and their families.

Looking to the year ahead, we are again sitting with a very healthy order-book across all offices and we expect continued managed growth in certain key locations.

A particular focus for me is the internal appointments of Raymond Kelly to become our Quality and Standardisation Manager and Paul Hargreaves to become our Academy Manager. These internal appointments will allow us to put much greater emphasis to both of these massively important areas.

The WW:Academy in particular is a key company objective as this will allow us to attract and develop new staff, as well as providing a targeted focus on existing aspiring staff and the next generation, to let us develop and “grow our own” via various programmes over the coming months and years.

As always I’m only too happy to chat further about any areas covered in this newsletter or our business, so please get in touch.

Allan McGill, Managing Director

+44 (0)330 460 5200

Technical Leadership: Wellness

Technical Leadership: Wellness

"We spend 90% of our time indoors - we evolved outdoors."

Research indicates that indoor environments designed with specific health and wellbeing measures can increase productivity and reduce absenteeism. We are committed to buildings designed for both people and the planet.

The WELL Building Standard provides an assessment methodology focussed on the health & wellbeing of building occupants. Based on a thorough review of research, and further advanced through the contribution of scientific, practitioner and medical expertise, it consists of 108 performance metrics, design strategies, and policies that can be implemented by the owners, designers, engineers, contractors, as well as users and operators of a building.

The WELL Building Standard is organised into ten concepts, which include: air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind, and community. WELL v2 is the most rigorously tested and vetted version of the WELL Building Standard (WELL) to date, making it thepremier framework for advancing health and well-being around the world.

The WELL Accredited Professional is a credential that denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard. Our in-house WELL Accredited Professionals can work with key stakeholders from project conception to completion. They have worked on some of the first projects in the UK to pursue WELL certification and are committed to driving the health and wellbeing agenda throughout the industry. We can prepare a gap analysis on any design or building prior to pursuing formal accreditation to allow clients to make informed decision.

Scott O'Hara, Principal Sustainability Consultant


Wallace Whittle Carbon Commitment!

We Are Decarbonising!


The crisis of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are two of the most serious issues of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

For everyone working for the built environment, meeting the needs of our society without depleting the world’s resource demands a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to design, build and maintain buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with the natural world.

Wallace Whittle's Commitment:

Creating sustainable environments is crucial to our approach as a business. We know that we can only fulfill our purpose as designers if we can deliver sustainable and environmentally-conscious buildings that support the wellbeing of all its occupants.  This has always been our approach to design, however, we need to do more.

WW are now committed to becoming a net zero carbon business by 2030.  This commitment requires us to achieve science-based targets over the next decade in line with what climate science says is necessary. We also believe we have the responsibility to drive change in our industry and, by doing so, we recognize the crucial role WW can play in minimizing the risk climate change poses to the future of our planet.

WW aims to address this commitment from two perspectives:

  • Its own operations
  • Its influence on the built environment

More specifically, we have outlined the following objectives to meet this commitment:

  • WW will monitor and reduce the carbon emissions and water consumption associated with our business operations. Our performance will be disclosed on an annual basis and any residual carbon emission will be offset through approved and verified offset schemes.
  • WW will raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action amongst our clients, collaborators and supply chains.
  • WW will evaluate all new projects against current net zero carbon guidance and encourage our clients to adopt this approach.
  • WW will promote the upgrade of existing buildings, plant and equipment for extended use as alternative to new build and replacement, whenever there is a viable choice.
  • WW will promote climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as a key measure of our industry’s success: demonstrated through awards, prizes and listings.
  • WW will share its knowledge and research to industry peers through regular conferences and seminars.
  • WW will encourage life cycle costing, whole life carbon modelling and post occupancy evaluation as part of the basic scope of work, to reduce both embodied and operational resource use.
  • WW will adopt more regenerative design principles in practice, with the aim of providing building services engineering design that achieves the standard of net zero carbon.
  • WW will collaborate with clients, architects, engineers, and contractors to further reduce construction waste.
  • WW will minimise wasteful use of resources in our building services engineering design, both in quantum and in detail.

David Spiteri

Head of Sustainability

We Are Evolving

We Are Evolving!

We Are Evolving!

Well that is the first quarter complete and I am delighted to say, “we are back”. We have also firmly delivered on our aims and objectives during the period and put some very strong foundations in place for the future.

A massive thank you has to go to all who have gone out of their way to greet us as a new-old business; in particular our staff, clients and fellow design team members who have welcomed back Wallace Whittle with open arms, while supporting us fully.

Quarter one was all about consolidation and setting up the business. Quarter two and three will be more focused on putting key longer term business objectives in place such as our staff benefits portal, staff online shop and our Junior Academy, with more details on these to follow.

However, a key company objective remains to become the number one MEP and Sustainability consultant of choice, with quality of product and quality of service being a primary objective for all at Wallace Whittle.

The last year and a half of Covid-19 has been a very challenging time for all. Our staff have been fantastic in adapting and responding to new ways of working and, again, I thank them all for that. As we emerge into the post-Covid world, we are optimistic for the future.

If you wish to discuss how we can support you please contact me at any time, and I will be only too happy to chat.

Allan McGill
Managing Director

+44 (0)330 460 5200


BIM Certified Digital Engineering

BIM Certified Digital Engineering

Our expert application of Revit and Digital Engineering in the form of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a powerful design management and coordination tool. This advanced coordination in design minimises abortive work, site fabrication and wasted materials. Populating the modelled information in the later stages of design, fabrication and installation provides our clients with invaluable facilities management data for operation and maintenance.

It’s a common misconception that BIM is purely about the production of a 3D virtual construction model, but this is only part of BIM Level 2. Certification ensures:

  • We have the necessary BIM capability, IT capability and available resource to deliver projects.
  • That we evaluate our supply chain for the same capability.
  • Necessary and regular training is in place.
  • Project roles and responsibilities are clearly defined.
  • Processes are in place for the production and monitoring of workload.
  • A robust QA process is in place to ensure that all information issued has been validated and has passed through the appropriate QA checks.

We have achieved BIM Level 2 verification from the British Standards Institute, as a ”Tier 2 Appointed Party including MEP Building Services and Sustainable Design Consultancy complying with BIM Level 2 in accordance in accordance with ISO 19650-2:2018 incorporating the UK National Annex” for the 6th year running now.

This is testament to the expert skills and dedication of our BIM team, led by Paul Hargreaves. Great job Paul!

Technical Leadership: Sustainability and NZC

Technical Leadership: Sustainability and NZC

Technical Leadership: Sustainability and NZC

Our team of Sustainability Consultants is growing under David Spiteri’s leadership, with Scott O’Hara, Andrew Hogg, Ewan McCluckie and Chris Stevens all joining the team since our last newsletter. This significantly enhances our already strong credentials in energy, sustainability, wellness, BREEAM, modelling, analysis, and certification.

David and his team are leading the way in driving Net Zero Carbon solutions for our clients, cutting through the mystery and separating out the facts to realise and deliver practical and cost-effective solutions. We are also responding and contributing to the emerging trends in the market, as we look forward to COP26 in Glasgow, and we enhance social value and placemaking on our projects.

There is no one-size-fi ts-all solution when designing a Net Zero Carbon building. Wallace Whittle have worked with clients develop net zero carbon strategies and roadmaps across all sectors: from large masterplan schemes to re-purposing of existing buildings.

WW understand there are fundamental NZC design questions which need answering at early design stage, such as:

  • What is the cost-optimal passive design solution for a development?
  • What building services systems are considered viable and practical?
  • What renewables technologies can I use?
  • Which design options are affordable and maintainable for the end-users, whilst allowing for future flexibility?
  • How can a Net Zero Carbo design strategy promote a healthy environment for its occupants?

David Spiteri will be delighted to discuss your thoughts and requirements, so please get in touch to benefit from the value we can add.

Technical Leadership: Sustainability and NZC

London Calling

London Calling

We asked Craig Robertson to share some of his thoughts on our history and activities in and around London… Wallace Whittle has been established in London for over 20 years and we have worked on some of the capital’s most amazing projects, with some great clients and innovative designers and contractors.

I’m very proud of our track record in London, and a significant project that really sticks out in my memory is the Athletes Village for the London Olympics in 2012, where we provided expertise to many areas of the regeneration. These included temporary works, site-wide infrastructure, and sustainable MEP engineering to more than 1,200 homes and a state of the art 8,000m2 Polyclinic, delivering community health services following a temporary existence as the medical centre for the Games. This was closely followed by Battersea Power Station Phase 1 and Phase 2, providing over 1,000 new apartments and attractive retail and leisure destinations, in what is now recognised as an outstanding mixed-use urban regeneration development.

One of our longest associations has been with innovative developer Lendlease at their Elephant Park Regeneration in South London. Elephant Park comprises an entire new neighbourhood with thousands of homes, and many cafes and shops have been created, providing a great place to live, and thriving community al around a new central park with hundreds of retained trees.

Our London office, led by Location Director Matt Graves, is currently involved in some excellent projects including the major mixed use hotel, retail and BTR development at Victoria Square Woking, residential developments at Battersea Power Station Phase 2 Switch Houses and Network Homes at Northwick Park as well as the Dalata Hotel in Brighton. Our focus for the future is on the implementation of Net Zero Carbon strategies through the whole life of the developments and built environment we are involved in, and bringing our knowledge led approach to all our clients and friends. As members of the UK Green Building Council, and working closely in accordance with LETI principles, we are very well placed to deliver this approach. I have enjoyed reflecting on 20 years of London projects, and I’m looking forward to looking forward to even more exciting projects to come in and around London.