Case Studies

 

Listed & Conservation Buildings

 

Prior to speaking with us, many of our clients were unaware of how their projects working on heritage buildings would qualify as R&D. Through our specifically developed methodology we were able to claim for the following successfully.

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Development of a large student Housing complex to modern standards within the confines of a heritage building.

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Renovation of a listed building to improve its thermal performance.

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Design development and integration of a novel heating system into a Victorian structure.

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Improving the structural performance of a building whilst retaining its listed features.

Client Case Study 1

Harmoney successfully helped a client with their R&D claim. The client was undertaking alterations and refurbishments to a university building originally built in the 19th century. The building had been adapted on numerous occasions, often very poorly. The aim of the project was to undo these poor interventions to reveal the historic fabric of the building whilst also modernising the building. It was critical that all historic features were respected and maintained. The team was required to build a deep understanding of the building and develop new architectural and structural designs with no effect on the listed elements. A novel temporary roof was also developed to protect the building during construction work and new fixings developed that minimised damage.

General Construction and Facility Improvement Projects

 

Many firms tend to focus on “shell and core” type fit-out projects in construction. However, at Harmoney we have successfully prepared claims for various types of projects.  We believe that technical challenges can exist in several types of project scopes. We have been able to claim for the following;

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Design and integration of new HVAC and Mechanical systems to suit new office layouts with greater occupants .

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Modularisation of new office spaces without impacting on structural or acoustic performance.

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Development of new processes using alternative construction materials.

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Development of new construction processes to work in live environments.

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Design of processes to overcome challenges of the existing building; i.e. can’t route pipework or flooring is not level.

Client Case Study 1

Harmoney successfully helped a client that was undertaking a project for the construction of a new 3-storey building. The proposed site was extremely constrained which made it difficult to get craneage that could lift large loads onto the site. The team was therefore required to undertake an R&D project that looked at developing the proposed design using only light weight materials that could be lifted into position. The team was required to ensure that the designs were robust and provided the required structural properties.

Client Case Study 2

In this project, the client was required to develop solutions to facilitate the conversion of a large multi-storey warehouse facility to a range of apartments. This was challenging as the team was required to develop novel solutions to ensure that each apartment would have the necessary service provisions and attempted to make sure the design avoided clashes with the existing building. The team, therefore, developed new services provisions and structural systems to contain the services.

Energy Efficency 

 

We are also well versed in identifying project challenges across the following energy-efficiency criteria;

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Breeam

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Passivhaus

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London Plan

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Gold/Silver Standard Construction

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The Harmoney team is well versed at preparing claims for projects that are seeking to achieve difficult energy-efficiency criteria. For instance, Harmoney successfully prepared a claim for a company that was attempting to achieve a BREEAM outstanding rating for a complex project to construct a BREEAM outstanding care home. The client was looking at developing a design that incorporated renewable energy systems and this influenced the construction strategy.

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