Boom Collective

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About Us

As Environmental Engineers and Design Consultants, we provide a multidisciplinary approach to designing the built environment and building services. Our team includes mechanical, electrical, public health and controls engineers who are committed to providing responsive, intelligent and effective designs across multiple sectors.

Our focus is on Building Performance and ensuring that our designs are executed to deliver the performance and promises sold in the design stages. To this end, BOOM Collective are involved in all stages of design, construction and operation:

BOOM produce briefs, aligned with Soft Landing principles. BOOM 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 Serives, 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 what ever is required to get the job done.

It is our intention to bring cutting edge design solutions and best practice operating technologies into the mainstream.

We do this through a collective of industry leading specialists to bring intelligent real world solutions to our clients, delivering improved value through smarter working practices, flexibility in approach and accessibility to high calibre individuals.

BOOM Collective are:

Building Services Design Engineers

Charted Engineers: CIBSE, IET and Institute of Energy

CABE Built Environment expert (BEE)

BSRIA Softlandings 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

    BOOM Collective understand that in order to be a responsible professional engineering practice in these modern times of climate change, building services does not stop at mechanical and electrical engineering. We are new professionals; environmental design engineers capable of appreciating the building design as a whole and collaborating on an interdisciplinary basis to achieve better buildings.

    We always aim to design and deliver sustainable developments with a high quality of built environment. We enjoy the opportunities presented to us when we interact with other design professionals promoting the growth of regenerative design. This has led to the development of exemplar design solutions across numerous schemes.

    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.

    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 aspire to a carbon positive future where the built environment contributes to the local environment rather than taxes it and we have the capabilities to add tangible value to all architectural building designs and urban master plan proposals by integration of intelligent design solutions.

  • The CollectiveOpen or Close

    Boom Collective have adopted the term "collective" in its name as it best describes its approach to ensuring it is offering best value to our clients. A collective is a 'group of individuals', no more than that.

    As individuals however we are unable to work and provide the Joined up thinking that is required on so many projects. As individual specialists there needs to be a cohesive quality that pulls the various approaches together (see Consilient Briefing).

    So how does a collective differ from any other engineering practice? When BOOM Collective was conceived as a new practice, it became a conscious choice to ensure people could focus on the things they enjoyed and were goad at.

    In order to do this, it is important to provide individuals with their freedom to choose what projects they want to work on and what contribution they could make to a project. Similarly, for Clients it is important to ensure that the right skill is available at the right time, and in the periods between this application ensure that people are not having to 'tread water' or fill in where their strengths are not the greatest.

    This has resulted in the collective; a group of like minded engineers and designers; a framework agreement with a common understanding of how BOOM Collective can successfully offer people the best level of care and engineering design within the industry, but without carrying the overheads and resource burdens that come with large teams. Whilst also retaining the single point of responsibility for the various specialists, to the benefit of our clients.

    So BOOM Collective are a group of individuals, drawn together with a common purpose of providing their dents the best value, whilst ensuring that the team members feel a greater sense of connection and involvement with their work delivering innovate, 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 by 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 20%. This does not focusing solely on capital cost of construction as it is quite rightly extended to operational costs as well.

    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 under utilised 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 advise to ensure the multiple professions working on the project end up working towards a common end, not a disjointed one.

  • New ProfessionalismOpen or Close

    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. Feed back 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

    BOOM Collective are committed to adopting this code of practice on all projects and for all Clients.

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January, 2015

Albion House in Ramsgate opens its doors

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September, 2014

Modular Design Article

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March, 2014

Ecobuild: What now for the performance gap?

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Article for Construction Manager: Helping you a(...)

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November, 2012

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BOOM Collective

First Floor Studio, 461-463 Hackney Road London E2 9DY, United Kingdom Tel: +44 20 3637 2722 Email: info@boomcollective.eu
BOOM Collective update

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: First Floor Studio, 461-463 Hackney Road London E2 9DY, United Kingdom
Company Reg. Number 43567890
VAT Registration 131090656

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

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