Feethams House – Defect Free (May 2020)

Feethams House – Defect Free (May 2020)

Darlington Grade A Office Development Feethams House is handed over on time and defect free. TGA, who were first involved in the scheme at Feasibility Stage in 2017, have remained closely connected with the project, developing design information up to and including Stage 4 and supporting the Main Contractor throughout the construction stage. TGA also developed Stage 5 and Stage 6 information for the M&E contractor for this BIM Level 2 project, providing fully coordinated working and installation drawings, as well as an as built and asset information model. The Office building is providing almost 4,000m2 of high-quality office accommodation in the centre of Darlington, with tenants including Deep Ocean already signing up to occupy the building. This project follows a significant number of schemes delivered through the Scape Framework with Darlington Borough Council, which include the Department for Education development on the Town Hall site, the Business Growth Hub project, and ongoing projects at Darlington Central park and the wider Darlington Heritage Quarter...
TGA qualify in Passive House (February 2020)

TGA qualify in Passive House (February 2020)

Durham based TGA Building Performance specialist, Charlotte Edwards, has qualified as a Passive House Consultant. Charlotte, who is a key member of TGA’s Building Performance team (TGA|BP) is also a certified non-domestic and domestic Energy Assessor and provides a vital function across all TGA offices, supporting the wider TGA|BP team. Buildings following Passive House standards are a leading standard in energy efficient construction that are designed and built using efficient components. Aspects such as ‘whole-house’ or building ventilation system are typically incorporated to achieve exceptionally low energy consumption.  In addition to achieving occupant comfort and being healthy and sustainable buildings, a building following Passive House standards can typically achieve energy savings of around 90% when compared to an existing building within the UK. Dr David Warwick, TGA|BP Technical Director, said: “We are all delighted that Charlotte has taken on this challenge to become Passive House Certified, adding to her skillset and also demonstrating TGA’s overall commitment to sustainability and looking at ways of reducing our impact on the wider construction industry. This puts TGA|BP in a great position to support our existing Clients and hopefully, open up opportunities to gain new Clients.” Key aspects of ‘Passive House’ include high levels of insulation, concentrating on mitigating any thermal bridges as well as the optimisation of solar gains and exceptional levels of air tightness whilst achieving good indoor air quality. This requires early engagement with the Client and Design Teams to ensure that due consideration is given at the right time, reinforcing the need for early stage engagement of Building Performance specialists. Charlotte is currently applying her knowledge and understanding of...
Darlington Heritage Quarter – Project Win (May 2020)

Darlington Heritage Quarter – Project Win (May 2020)

TGA Consulting Engineers have been successful in the bid to work with Darlington Council on the Darlington Railway Heritage Quarter project. Working alongside Space Architects, TGA will be able to call on their vast listed building experience in addition to the museum and gallery expertise in developing the MEP Design information for the major scheme for the region. TGA also have recent heavy industry experience, including that gained from the nearby Newton Aycliffe assembly plant site for Hitachi Rail Europe. The project will provide a unique visitor attraction that reveals the story of the Stockton to Darlington Railway. This scheme will form a key attraction along the 26 miles of the Stockton & Darlington Railway Heritage Action Zone and will play a key role in attracting visitors to the area. The project is to be complete by 2025 – in time for the bicentenary celebrations. Image, with thanks, from Space...