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...
Project Winner – Project of the Year (under £20m)

Project Winner – Project of the Year (under £20m)

TGA were delighted to be part of the winning team for this resource and community centre in Camden. The Greenwood Centre is a new-build 3,600sq m resource and community-services centre for adult social care. It has broken new ground for the London Borough of Camden in how the building will be operated: Greenwood Centre will be run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. The scheme achieved excellent sustainability levels and a BREEAM Excellent rating, assisted by the use of photovoltaics and a passive night-time cooling strategy, centrally controlled by the building-management system....

Livingston Designer Outlet – Livingston, Scotland

Another retail projects nears completion, with Livingston Designer Outlet having undergone a major reimagining of the Centre. The retail and leisure Centre has on offer over 70 shops, restaurants and cafes, a multi-screen cinema and indoor adventure golf along with a multi Storey car park. TGA have been working alongside Realm and Rawls on this extensive (circa £7m) mall, public space, customer services, entrance lobbies and external facade enhancement project, which is due to compete in November. This adds another project to TGA’s growing retail sector projects that includes Dalton Park, Lakeside Village Doncaster, Riverwalk Durham amongst...

Property and Construction Forum – Developing the “I” in BIM

TGA enjoyed a fantastic morning at Affinity Water’s offices on Thursday 26th September with the Herts Chamber of Commerce and Herts/Beds Constructing Excellence. There was a good turn out with around 40 in attendance. The event opened with the Herts Chamber introducing Affinity Water as the host and this was quickly followed by the main event – TGA showcasing BIM and REVIT, what it is, how it works and why TGA are leading the way with their expertise in developing the whole package for clients, constructors and end users. Local Director, Stephen Olley (based in Stevenage) introduced TGA and provided an overview of who we are and what we do, touching on TGA’s beginnings in Durham in 1962 and establishing the Hertfordshire Office over 25 years ago. Jason Jobes, TGA’s BIM lead and Director, provided the main presentation, with Luke Collins, Senior Revit Technician, providing a more focused ‘hands-on’ demonstration including a walkthrough and VR demo. The main presentation centred around using BIM as an opportunity, and how TGA had embraced BIM to now be able to offer a greater level of service to a wider range of potential clients. This has enabled growth in the sector and reinforced TGA as a dynamic consultancy able to react and develop to suit market trends and changes. The presentation included an excellent Q&A session, with lots of great questions and answers....