Building Services Consultancy of the Year
Hoare Lea is an independent MEP consultancy employing more than 600 people in 13 offices across the UK and abroad. Now in its 150th year, the company’s work spans all sectors and includes some of the most sustainable projects in the industry.
Substantial investment in recruitment and developing staff ensures that projects are run by highly skilled engineers. More than 100 people were recruited during 2011-12, along with promotions across all offices. In addition, an entry-level recruitment stream to provide technician-level roles and training to school and college leavers has been established and a leadership development programme launched, while management development workshops aim to upskill those in management roles.
A comprehensive learning and knowledge strategy provides a framework of activities to ingrain good practice, with an emphasis on sustainability. National graduate training days, CPD management events, sustainability workshops and technical updates cover subjects including team leadership, passive design techniques and sustainable electrical systems, together with training for mentors to support graduates.
Hoare Lea employs innovative techniques and is experienced in the design of low and zero-carbon (LZC) technologies, including a first-of-its-kind carbon-capture pilot plant integrated into a CHP system in collaboration with a technology provider. A major DECC-supported demonstration plant, based on a 3MWe gas turbine CHP, is being planned, as well as funded development of a numerical performance model and calibration against on-site performance.
Examples of innovations include a range of energy-demand control features in bedrooms at South Place Hotel in London, enabling guests to choose an ‘eco’ setting that reduces HVAC loads and lighting levels; while at Westminster Magistrates’ Court aquifer coupling – for cooling, heating, re-cooling and aquifer regeneration – linked to embedded coils for underside thermal mass cooling in a post-tensioned slab is employed.