How industry is using Soft Landings to help close the performance gap

Very pleased to read our contribution to the CIBSE Journal published in this month’s issue on Soft Landings and closing the performance gap.

James Warne talks about focusing on key elements affecting the success of the project in the initial workshops, issues such as overheating or fire safety can be tackled by the whole team – not in silos, but holistically.

‘LUMA Concept Hotel’ opens in West London

LUMA Concept hotel London is inspired by the grand Osram lightbulb factory that once dominated this neighbourhood in Hammersmith; one of the earliest lamp factories in Britain. In the similar spirit of innovation and endeavour, LUMA Concept Hotel has been conceived, which opened its doors in May.

Heeton Holdings Ltd commissioned BOOM Collective to provide the engineering design development and performance specification for Glenthorne Road Hotel, an 89 bed Hotel constructed utilising modular construction technology.

Heeton purchased the original buildings with planning permission dating back to 2010; on appointment BOOM Collective reviewed the original energy and sustainability strategy that included combined heat and power; photovoltaic arrays and air source heat pumps with little engineering validation or space planning. Consequently, BOOM Collective’s initial work involved the development of an alternative energy strategy that complied with the planning conditions in terms of carbon reduction; gave the Client best value and ‘fitted’ within the geometrical constraints of the planning permission.

The proposed energy strategy for the Hotel incorporates Air Source Heat Pumps to provide space heating, cooling and domestic hot water. The strategy achieves a 38.0 % improvement over Building Regulations 2013, complying with the London Plan Policy 5.2.

The project was designed with off-site modular construction in mind and in late 2015 Elements Europe Ltd won the contract to construct the Hotel. The project was ‘assembled’ onsite from factory produced modules within a challenging programme.

BOOM collective were also BREEAM Assessors and ‘emergency’ commissioning managers assisting the construction team.

(Image courtesy of Heeton Holdings Ltd)

BOOM Collective wins Kings Cross School Competition

BOOM Collective, as part of a Curl La Tourelle Head Architecture led design team, have won a competition to design a new ‘Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics’ (STEM) facility at Argyle Primary School, located in the Bloomsbury Conservation area.

Argyle Primary School is a two-form entry community primary school, teaching in the region of 420 children from the ages of three to 11.

Improving STEM facilities will help to deliver the Camden Plan which aims to make Camden a place where everyone has a chance to succeed and a place that works for all. The project will look at utilising the existing unused first floor of the school annexe to provide a STEM classroom.

BOOM Collective will be working closely with the client and the design team to help realise the project’s objectives and ensure a comfortable environment, where natural ventilation and daylight aids learning. Boom Collective will be adopting a fabric first approach to the development of environmental engineering solutions to provide best value for the School and Camden.

(Image courtesy of Curl La Tourelle Head Architecture)

Good Luck to Team HELIOMET SOL_ID

BOOM Collective have been extremely pleased to have been advising London Met’s Team Heliomet in their exciting entry to the Solar Decathlon Latin and South America 2015

BOOM Collective have been extremely pleased to have been advising London Met’s Team Heliomet in their exciting entry to the Solar Decathlon Latin and South America 2015.

Today is Day 1 of the performance testing in Cali, Colombia! Good Luck Guys its been a pleasure getting involved!!

For more information on Team Heliomet and the SDLAC2015 go to: (this is a hyper-link to a Team Heliomet promotional video)

Boom Collective welcomes Vangelis Skoufoglou into the company to head Intelligent Buildings and Electrical Engineering

Vangelis brings his enthusiasm and passion in the fields of building automation, systems Integration, sustainable technologies and lighting design.

Vangelis brings his enthusiasm and passion in the fields of building automation, systems Integration, sustainable technologies and lighting design.

He is a chartered electrical engineer with over fifteen years experience on research, development and implementation of new building technologies.

Vangelis’ involvement in the design of building services in projects will starts from initial concept stage to final detailed design scheme.

Vangelis holds an MSc in Telecommunications and Computer networks, he is a Niagara AX Certified and a KNX Partner able to design, program, commission and supervise intelligent buildings projects.

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

Having worked on this project for the last year, BOOM Collective are very pleased to celebrate the opening of NY-LO

As commentary on BEE Consult’s white paper on modular design ( provided an article:

Summary on Modular Design

In 1851, Paxton’s Crystal Palace demonstrated that outstanding
design and innovation could be achieved through modular

Since then modular design has sought to improve construction through a variety of key performance indicators, including speed of construction, cost of construction, improved quality, improved health & safety and minimising waste (amongst others).The opportunity for better performing buildings through modularisation is as pregnant now as it has been for the last 160 years.

The challenges lie in a number of artificial barriers as well as one or two real-world ones. These are: Designers need to better integrate with the supply chain to create opportunities for modular design.
Early procurement of offsite fabrication needs designers to release
information earlier, increasing pressure on interdisciplinary coordination.
Savings in use need to be better recognised to allow better investment in quality for longevity and low carbon construction, with higher CapEx paid for through whole life savings.Once these issues can be overcome, better coherence between
modular design and execution can be achieved.

My personal experience of modular design has included cladding systems, primary plant such as boilers, chillers and air handling units, and also natural ventilation solutions, noise attenuation details, MEP services and more. In each case they have led to shorted construction periods, reduced congestion on site, improved quality or better overall performance.

Based on this experience, Modularity as a concept of scalable data
centre modules can provide greater assurance on delivery, reliable
performance, quality control and cost. The added advantages of a
pre-conceived set of building blocks on which to base the design
requirements must make the solution easier at each stage of the
project, design, construction and into operation. It stands to reasons
therefore that this must be more appealing to a client base and their
team than traditional offers for the role out of data centres.”

James Warne – Boom Collective.