Boom Collective

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About Us

BOOM Collective is a dynamic team of environmental design engineers and design consultants. Our interdisciplinary approach has been developed from an in depth understanding of all aspects of building design and a shared passion for delivering projects successfully and with integrity.

 

Our team includes mechanical, electrical, public health and controls engineers who are committed to providing responsive, intelligent and effective designs across multiple sectors.

Our Services:

BOOM produce briefs, aligned with Soft Landing principles, navigate planning, developing energy and sustainability strategies.

BOOM undertake design reviews and BREEAM assessments, fulfilling the role of Accredited Professionals.

BOOM develop environmental engineering designs, including mechanical, electrical and public health engineering.

BOOM procure MEP Services, ensuring cost effective solutions are achieved.

BOOM assist Trade Contractors in mobilising and achieving targets on site.

BOOM plan for Building Readiness and a Soft Landings handover.

BOOM undertake Quality Management reviews targeting Zero Defects on site.

BOOM provide support to clients in 'getting up and running'.

BOOM Audit the energy and satisfaction of occupants once the building is operational.

BOOM share our experiences and knowledge gained.

BOOM do whatever is required to get the job done.

BOOM Collective are:

Building Services Design Engineers

Charted Engineers: CIBSE, IET and Institute of Energy

CABE Built Environment expert (BEE)

BSRIA Soft Landings User Group Members

BREEAM New Construction and Bespoke Accredited Assessors

BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Accredited Assessors Code for Sustainable Homes Accredited Assessors

LEED Green Associate

CIBSE and BSRIA BIM Working Group Members

KNX Partner and Niagara AX certified

RIBA Affiliate Member

  • Our PhilosophyOpen or Close

    Underlying all of BOOM Collective’s work is inherent flexibility, attention to detail and consideration for our clients’ needs, identifying where value can be best delivered.

    We add tangible value to all architectural building designs and urban master plan proposals by the integration of intelligent design solutions, drawn from a diverse pool of expertise. We make sure that the right skills are available at the right time for all our projects, and that they are delivered with passion and integrity.

    We help to lead the industry through active participation in working groups such as Soft Landings and BIM, seeing a route to better practice and more intelligent design through smarter working. We spread our passion for truly integrated design through the industry by our educational work at the Centre for Alternative Technologies (CAT), University of Portsmouth and London Metropolitan University.

    It is our aspiration to achieve a carbon positive future, working to bring together practice, industry, education and policy making towards this common aim. We want to see the built environment supporting the generation of more renewable energy and companies and thought leaders taking accountability and promoting the growth of regenerative design with our help.

  • The CollectiveOpen or Close

    We are a collective of industry leading specialists, bringing intelligent, real world solutions to our clients and delivering improved value through flexible and smarter working practices. This specialised structure means that we can allocate the best expertise to the project exactly when it is needed.

    We thrive on the opportunities presented to us when working with other design professionals promoting the growth of regenerative design. This has led to the development of exemplar design solutions across numerous schemes.

    Our interdisciplinary approach mean that we always face the opportunities and challenges of a project from the perspectives of our partners and peers within the consultant team. Through our wealth of expertise, we seek to introduce new technologies to our projects, bridging the gap between building design, implementation and use, and concentrating on the outcomes.

    It is our shared aim to provide clients with the best value, whilst ensuring that team members feel a greater sense of connection and involvement with their work, delivering innovative, intelligent, exciting and high-performance solutions.

  • BIM, BAM, BOOMOpen or Close

    Building Information Modelling, abbreviated to BIM, has become a common turn of phrase within the UK construction industry. This is largely due to the adoption of BIM by central government, with a commitment to Level 2 BIM from April 2016; as outlined in the Government Construction Strategy, May 2011.

    However, it is the reason why BIM was adopted that must remain the focus of the technology’s application;
    to reduce the cost of construction by 33%. This does not focus solely on capital cost of construction as it is quite rightly extended to operational costs as well.
    50% Faster Delivery from Inception to Operation.
    50% Lower Emissions is greenhouse gas emissions.

    The cost of design is proportional to the cost of construction, with the cost of operation being a magnitude higher, simplistically expressed as a 1:10:100 ratio. In the example of a £30m building, the design fees are expected to be around £3m and annual operation budgets may be £3m per year; and so, over a typical 60-year life span, this results in significantly higher operational costs.

    During the design stage BIM enables the design team to test and validate the design, identifying energy performance, visualise spaces and demonstrate design intent. For a small proportion of the design fee spent on testing options, construction cost can be significantly impacted, but operational costs are far greater and have a much longer legacy. BIM is the design teams starting blocks for a journey that will run through the life of the building, with a constructor adopting the model for Assembly, (BAM). The Owner/Operator of the building is the party needing to see building performance in use; in the Building Owner Operator Model (BOOM). The golden thread of Soft Landings will travel through BIM, and BAM, manifesting in BOOM, where the Building Performance will be realised.

    It is armed with this philosophy that has led BOOM Collective to recognise that our focus must be on achieving better performance in use, improving operational outcomes and a successful owner/operator solution to deliver on the promise of BIM, BAM, BOOM.

  • Consilient BriefingOpen or Close

    Consilient is an underutilised word. Its definition is “agreement between the approaches to a topic of different academic subjects, especially science and the humanities.” i.e. the linking together of principles from different disciplines, especially when forming a comprehensive theory.

    The development of a building’s brief and how it unfolds as a design has many conflicting or contrary view points, often unknowingly. For example, an acoustician will wish to seal a space from any surrounding space to prevent noise, whilst a mechanical engineer will ask for openings and ventilation. Similarly, the lighting design will benefit from large windows and yet the energy calculations will suggest the windows should be small to minimise heat loss and heat gains. It is pragmatic balance of these views and experience of where best value lies that allows these conflicts to be resolved satisfactorily.

    Within the early stages of the design, the brief needs to be developed to a point where the balance of the numerous specialists and professions is directing the project towards a harmonious and beneficial solution, not one based on the seemingly lesser of evils.

    This Consilient Brief is the start of what is referred to in Soft Landings terms as the ‘Golden Thread’, running from the outset of a project through design and construction, right into building operation.

    BOOM Collective provide the experience and advice to ensure the multiple professions working on the project end up working towards a common end, not a disjointed one.

  • New ProfessionalismOpen or Close

    BOOM Collective is founded on the principles of “New Professionalism” - We believe that we have a responsibility to build an industry culture of understanding, honesty and lasting value, in order to achieve intelligent design solutions and better buildings.

    The Usable Building Trust, collaborating with “The Edge” (edgedebate.com), have written a paper (Dec 2012) on the new professionalism that is felt to be necessary to design and deliver sustainable, low energy buildings. This paper is a ‘call to arms’ across the built environment industry, identifying the pitfalls and building blocks for current built environment professionals and how the industry at large must change.

    Within this paper, based on the experience and research undertaken by a multi-professional set of experts within this field, there is a statement on a code of conduct for the new professional, a Hippocratic Oath of the environmental engineering industry. The elements of this code are:

    1. Be a steward of the community, its resources and the planet. Take a broad view.
    2. Do the right thing, beyond your obligation to whoever pays your fee.
    3. Develop trusting relationships, with open and honest collaboration.
    4. Bridge between design, project implementation and use. Concentrate on the outcomes.
    5. Do not walk away. Provide follow-through and after-care.
    6. Evaluate and reflect upon the performance in use of your work. Feedback the findings.
    7. Learn from your actions and admit your mistakes. Share your understanding openly.
    8. Bring together practice, industry, education, research and policy-making.
    9. Challenge assumptions and standards. Be honest about what you do not know.
    10. Understand contexts and constraints. Create lasting value. Keep options open for the future.

    www.usablebuildings.co.uk/Pages/Unprotected/UBTEdgeNP14May13.pdf

    We are committed to adopting this code of practice on all projects and for all clients.

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May, 2018

BOOM Collective achieves ISO 9001: 2015 cer(...)

May, 2018

BOOM Collective has achieved certification to the internationally recognised ISO 9001: 2015 standard(...)

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August, 2017

How industry is using Soft Landings to help(...)

August, 2017

Very pleased to read our contribution to the CIBSE Journal published in this month’s issue on Soft(...)

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June, 2017

‘LUMA Concept Hotel’ opens in West Lond(...)

June, 2017

LUMA Concept hotel London is inspired by the grand Osram lightbulb factory that once dominated this (...)

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May, 2017

BOOM Collective wins Kings Cross School Com(...)

May, 2017

BOOM Collective, as part of a Curl La Tourelle Head Architecture led design team, have won a competi(...)

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March, 2017

James Warne wins BREEAM Assessor of the Yea(...)

March, 2017

BOOM Collective are pleased to announce that James Warne has been awarded BREEAM Assessor of the Yea(...)

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December, 2015

Good Luck to Team HELIOMET SOL_ID

December, 2015

BOOM Collective have been extremely pleased to have been advising London Met’s Team Heliomet in th(...)

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October, 2015

Boom Collective welcomes Vangelis Skoufoglo(...)

October, 2015

Vangelis brings his enthusiasm and passion in the fields of building automation, systems Integration(...)

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September, 2015

The bar is now open: NY-LON at the O2

September, 2015

Having worked on this project for the last year, BOOM Collective are very pleased to celebrate the o(...)

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August, 2015

Government budgets confirms pro-fossil and (...)

August, 2015

Disappointingly in George Osborn's budget set out in July 2015, the support for renewable energy ind(...)

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July, 2015

Soft Landing User Group: Soft Landings and(...)

July, 2015

James Warne was asked to speak at BSRIA’s Soft Landings User Group on the relationship that the BI(...)

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April, 2015

Albion House is visited by the Hotel Inspec(...)

April, 2015

Prior to opening, Albion House opens its doors to the Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi. BOOM Collectiv(...)

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January, 2015

Albion House in Ramsgate opens its doors

January, 2015

Congratulations to Albion House as it opens its doors and prepares for business.

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September, 2014

Modular Design Article

September, 2014

As commentary on BEE Consult’s white paper on modular design James Warne

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August, 2014

Fiona Hagan joins to lead Building Complian(...)

August, 2014

Fiona, will run the Environmental Assessment team to develop strategies for obtaining and deliverin(...)

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May, 2014

BIFM: Is FM the catalyst for all future bui(...)

May, 2014

James Warne was invited to the Facilities Show to discuss the role of FM as a catalysis for better p(...)

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May, 2014

Promoting Sustainable Development of World (...)

May, 2014

BOOM Collective collaborated with Tangram for a presentation on promoting Sustainable Development of(...)

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March, 2014

Ecobuild: What now for the performance gap?

March, 2014

As part of the re-structuring of CABE and its incorporation into the Design Council, CABE has create(...)

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April, 2013

Article for Construction Manager: Helping y(...)

April, 2013

A phased handover of buildings to iron out problems after a completion will be mandatory on all gove(...)

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November, 2012

CABE select BOOM Collective member amongst (...)

November, 2012

As part of the re-structuring of CABE and its incorporation into the Design Council, CABE has create(...)

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September, 2012

‘Within the Limits of Scarcity’ Confer(...)

September, 2012

BOOM Collective collaborative with the University of Westminster’s ‘Limits of Scarcity’ Confer(...)

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BOOM Collective

Third Floor, 77 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PZ, United Kingdom Tel: +44 20 3637 2722 Email: info@boomcollective.eu

An interesting article that BOOM Collective contributed to - https://t.co/1kGlDa0Fp8
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Team Contacts

James Warne

BEng(Hons) C.Eng MIE

E: james.warne@boomcollective.eu
T: +44 7717 58 0451

Mike Whitehurst

BEng(Hons) C.Eng MCIBSE

E: mike.whitehurst@boomcollective.eu
T: +44 7887 63 42 77

Company Details

Registered Business Address: Third Floor, 77 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PZ, United Kingdom
Company Reg. Number 07777610
VAT Registration 131090656
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Over the last three years, BOOM Collective have been appointed to provide the building engineering services design consultancies on several mews house(...)

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UK House

BOOM Collective have been appointed as building services design engineers on UK House. This Grade II listed building located at 180 Oxford St, is mixe(...)

Commercial, Residential, Retail

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Spelman Street

Working with Krause Architects, BOOM Collective were appointed to develop the building engineering services design of this part extension / part refur(...)

Commercial, Residential, Retail

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Sheldon Avenue

Initially commissioned by the owners’ loss adjusters to act as building services dilapidation experts on this fire damaged property, BOOM Collective(...)

Residential

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Holloway Road

In September 2016, BOOM Collective were appointed by Optic Realm to provide mechanical, electrical and public health engineering design and sustainabl(...)

Commercial, Residential, Retail

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LUMA Hotel

Heeton Holdings purchased the original buildings with planning permission dating back to 2010. On appointment, BOOM Collective reviewed the original e(...)

Hospitality

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Adam House

BOOM Collective were appointed to undertake the mechanical, electrical and public health services engineering design for the conversion of these grade(...)

Commercial, Hospitality

The partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines, created the opportunity to showcase their truly unique combination of a relaxing, uplifti(...)

Hospitality, Refurbishment

The Wallace Collection as a national museum in a historic London town house has a unique collection of Old Master paintings, a world class armoury and(...)

Building Performance, Civic, Historic, Refurbishment

Working with architects Atelier West, who realised the Client’s brief of creating “beautiful, simple dining”, by combined two smaller premises (...)

Hospitality, Refurbishment

The former holiday home of a young Queen Victoria had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect as a local council office.

Historic, Hospitality, Refurbishment

London Fire Brigade (LFB) procured under Phase 1, 4No PFI fire stations from Blue3, a Kier development team specialising in ‘blue light’ emergency(...)

Civic, Industrial

London Fire Brigade (LFB) procured 9 PFI fire stations from Blue3, a Kier development team specialising in ‘blue light’ emergency services buildin(...)

Civic, Industrial

As part of London Fire Brigade (LFB) investment in new PFI Accommodation, a training facility for the LFB was required, specialising in Breathing Appa(...)

Education, Industrial

Boom Collective were appointed to as Building Services Engineering Consultant on the refurbishment of this listed building. The project transformed da(...)

Refurbishment, Workplace

Stewardship moved their financial services business into a combination of existing retail spaces, driving the need to create a pleasant and productive(...)

Refurbishment, Workplace

An under utilised research facility was identified for redevelopment as a conference center, but due to funding gateways was developed in two phases, (...)

Hospitality, Refurbishment, Workplace

Located within the heart of the City of London, the client wanted to transform the existing run down low yielding office space into viable business o(...)

Historic, Hospitality, Refurbishment

In May 2013, Hartley Primary School converted to Academy status within BOOM Collective developed a funding proposal fro Hartley Primary Academy

Building Performance, Education, Refurbishment

At a time of restructuring some of the UK’s most high profile news and current affairs publications, including the Times, the Dow Jones, Harper and (...)

Building Performance, Workplace

carcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (www.scribe.eu), explores the relationship between scarcity and creativity in the context of the built(...)

Building Performance, Education

Cardinal Newman School in Luton redeveloped front of house spaces, with new build reception space and exhibition / foyer space, linking the renovated (...)

Education

The sensitive rejuvenation of Manchester's Town Hall and Library, split across multiple design teams and constructors, adopted Soft Landing principles(...)

Building Performance, Civic, Historic, Refurbishment