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Pi Consult Collaborative Approach Success


Last week, the IP Southern Anglia team in collaboration with the SSE Enterprise Rail and Pi Consult Limited successfully commissioned the new upgraded low voltage switch panels and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units at London Liverpool Street station.

In total, over 50 switch panels were replaced in 13 separate rooms along with the construction and commissioning of three new dedicated UPS equipment rooms to provide backup power should the main source fail. To give an order of magnitude, the switch panels feed approximately 2300 circuits and power the station along with the retail units.

To make sure that all key and daily service operations were fully functioning during the station’s operational hours meant that this complex and carefully planned programme required a collaborative effort between the IP Southern Anglia team, SSE, the station’s maintenance delivery unit, and the station duty and interface managers.

Overall the project has been a great success and delivered in a safe, timely and efficient manner while also meeting significant stakeholder expectation challenges through the minimisation of disruption to station operations.

In addition to the successful delivery, this project has also made a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions by replacing the existing station concourse lights with LED luminaires. Installing LED luminaries has reduced the power required to light the station concourse. This meant that the number of UPS units was reduced from five to three, there is a significant saving in the cost of lighting the station and that approximately 290,000 tonnes of CO2 are saved per year.

Basingstoke Railway Station Improvements

Pi are working as part with a well-established design team to provide a replacement frontage to Basingstoke Railway Station. This £1.5m refurbishment will provide a well needed new face to the station offering an energy efficient coordinated package to front & back of house areas.

Bespoke Residential

As appointed building services consultants to an exciting demolition and rebuild of a 1840’s mews house in central London.

The project, for a private client entailed the retention of the front facade whilst rebuilding the whole of the rear, roof and internal levels. Located in the Howard de Warden Estate, a conservation area, and in the vicinity of a number of Listed Buildings the project required careful navigation through the relevant statutory organisations including the planning authorities at the City of Westminster. This project will provide an inspiring, beautifully lit and environmentally responsive building for the client to appreciate for years to come.

Public Village Hall

Pi have recently completed the design of a small extension to a village hall in North Kent for Sevenoaks District Council, which is about to commence on site and provides a valued enhancement to the local public facilities and clubs within the area.

Approved Document Part L

Conservation of fuel and Power is interlaced into thinking throughout the industry and starts with the government’s strategy to reduce energy and climate change.

A main driver for the evolution of the UK’s relevant legislation currently rests within the Climate Change Act to reduce total emissions by 80% by 2050!

One of the key documents which will ensure this reduction is the Building Regulation Part L; this saw its last amendment on 2010 and is expected to be again revised in 2013.

As building services consultants it is important to become involved in projects from conception to support the team and appraise the passive options and effects along with active measures far earlier within the design process to maximise efficiencies and aid smooth project progression.

Letting off Steam

The director of Pi has his own personally owned race prepared 125cc kart, who during the summer months arranges personal invites to friends and clients to try the kart out at “Arrive and Drive” days out. The kart provides a real adrenalin rush racing experience rather than the more sedate corporate karting experience. Previous clients who attended have thanked us with typical responses such as “Thanks so much for the invite, it was a brilliant day”