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01.08.2017  New CIBSE TM59 on overheating assessment

The latest CIBSE Journal introduces the new TM59 Design Methodology for the Assessment of Overheating Risk in Homes. The TM addresses the complex way buildings respond to external temperatures and presents a standardised methodology to dynamic thermal modelling of the overheating risk, which we welcome. In addition to the currently used criterion, the new TM includes more parameters to assess and to input. Read the full article here.

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01.07.2017  Paragraph 55 house in for Planning

A new house designed by LCE Architects in collaboration with Tom Dowdall is in for Planning. The house is on a site in the High Weald AONB and within the setting of a listed building, it is designed around a courtyard and the concept of wellbeing. AMA carried out extensive energy and thermal dynamic analysis and worked in close collaboration with the architect, to design a low energy building that meets the requirements of Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework. Paragraph 55 requires the building to be of a raised standard of design and innovation, significantly enhancing its immediate setting.

20.06.2017  High risk of overheating in existing housing

Sustainable Homes has identified that 80% of existing housing reviewed is at risk to overheat. This research supports our experience; controlling overheating without active cooling can be a challenge, especially as the climate warms. Our top three passive control measures for housing are; external solar shading; windows that enable cross ventilation and internal thermal mass to absorb excess heat. Read the full study The Review_Safe as Houses 2017.

22.05.2017  SECAmb handed over and occupied

First staff have moved into the new SECAmb Emergency Operations Centre and HQ in Crawley. AMA provided M&E and building physics services for the project. You can read more here.New HQ and EOC

05.05.2017  Undergraduate Placement

We are looking to recruit an undergraduate architectural technologist or building services engineer to train and assist us with the following duties;

  • Constructing thermal models of new and existing buildings on a variety of projects using IES.
  • BIM modelling by carrying out Mechanical & Electrical Building Services design using Revit.
  • Raising quotations and technical specifications for our sister company who are suppliers of external shading products.

To apply please email Vanessa@amaconsult.co.uk

23.03.2017  RNOH MEP commissioning management

We have been appointed as MEP commissioning managers at the new inpatient ward block for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust. The new five storey building will provide 91 beds and is the first phase in the long term plans for redeveloping the Stanmore site. AMA are working for Balfour Beatty.

13.03.2017  High rise student accommodation block

AMA are employed by ProMEP to design mechanical services for a 32 storey high rise block in Stratford. The development includes three separate use areas; residential, academic teaching and student accommodation. The design incorporates central heating CHP plant serving heat interface units in building zones.

02.03.2017  Congratulations to Manuel on MSc!

Manuel has been awarded a Merit for his Building Services Engineering Master of Science course at London Southbank University. Manuel wrote his dissertation on simulation and real data comparison of a building using IES modelling.
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28.02.2017  School ventilation and overheating assessments

We have recently carried out assessments in compliance with Building Bulletin 101. The assessment utilises IES and looks at CO2 concentration levels, ventilation provisions in learning spaces and summertime overheating risk in occupied areas. We were employed by Paine Manwaring to assess two new build schools, Rustington Community Primary School and Downlands Community School. NTC  Designs architects appointed us to analyse the window replacement for Nightingale Academy in Edmonton.

27.02.2017  Award for recycling 2016

Our annual recycling statement notifies that the past year we recycled 260kg of paper and cardboard, this is saving the equivalent of three trees and 370kg of CO2. All of the office paper is recycled and our efforts to reduce paper use are showing; this year the consumption is down by 28%!

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13.02.2017  BIM modelling of plant rooms for Bank of America

We are partnering with Global Documentation on record information production for one of Bank of America’s UK offices. We have carried out extensive M&E surveys, including Panono 360 photography and are using Revit MEP to build a 3D BIM model of plant rooms.

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20.01.2017  Grade II Listed building refurbishment

AMA are working on the refurbishment of a Grade II Listed building situated in a conservation area. The building was originally a home to a wealthy family, having been used as financial sector offices until 2007. Planning permission has now been granted for a change of use to an educational facility. AMA duties include full M&E services design.

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23.12.2016  Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at AMA! Our offices are closing for the Christmas break on Friday 23rd December and reopening on Tuesday 3rd January. We look forward to working with you in 2017.

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05.12.2016  Marshall Burns supports RISEFest

David Marshall’s band Marshall Burns plays a gig at the RISEFest in Brighton. RISEFest is in aid of Rise, a Sussex charity helping those affected by domestic abuse. They work alongside survivors giving practical support to help them rebuild safer lives.

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07.11.2016 Paragraph 55 house in Mid Sussex

AMA are providing building physics consultancy for a new Paragraph 55 house planning application in Mid Sussex. Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework requires any project to be truly outstanding or innovative in the highest standard of architecture. Our initial work focuses on passive energy studies, including detailed solar, thermal mass and natural ventilation analysis.

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26.10.2016 Cian’s work experience 

Varndean College student Cian Cox-Golding is at AMA this week for half term work experience. Cian has quickly picked up the basics of 2D drafting and 3D modelling with the use of AutoCAD and IES VE packages. Good luck to Cian with completing his final year at college and all the best for the future!

17.10.2016 SECAmb progress update

Works are progressing at the new South East Coast Ambulance HQ. Fan coil unit alterations are now completed from existing cat A to cat B as the occupier requirements. Emergency chiller to provide resilience is on order. AMA have carried out further IES environmental modelling to include client specified internal gains and occupancy patterns. Works are due to be completed by the end of the year.

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22.09.2016 South East Coast Ambulance HQ

AMA are working for M&E contractor Paine Manwaring, we are performing a number of duties on the SECAmb HQ a life critical facility near Gatwick Airport for the local ambulance trust. Part of our initial work has been to perform environmental modelling to check the capacity of the existing cat A basebuild M&E services.secamb

14.09.2016 Refurbishment at Standard Chartered Bank HQ

We are working for Global Documentation and Standard Chartered Bank on a refurbishment of a part of the ground floor of the Bank’s UK Head Quarters, to create agile work spaces. AMA have carried out detailed M&E design.

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13.09.2016 Another record hot day

Today is predicted to be the hottest September day in the UK for more than 50 years, link to article here. As environmental engineers we use tools like IES to dynamically model the thermal environment in buildings to predict how they will behave during extended hot periods, helping us to design buildings that keep cool in the warming climate.

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20.08.2016 Marshall Wace, Sloane Street London

AMA are now part of Gratte supply chain, who are the mechanical and electrical contractors working on Marshall Wace’s new 43,000 ft² London office. We have been employed to provide co-ordinated MEP services drawings and record drawings.

20.06.2016 Sussex Community NHS Trust

We are back working for Sussex Community NHS Trust who have employed us to design a replacement boiler plant to serve Conway Court Clinic in Hove. As part of the project we carried out thermal modelling of clinic.

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20.06.2016 BM Air projects

We are pleased to be working with BM Air on a number of projects providing mechanical services design. Projects include new NatWest branch of Fenchurch Street, upgrade projects for NatWest and RBS Bank, Legal and General offices and Pickhurst Junior Academy.

NatWest Fenchurch Street

01.06.2016 Fawcett Road new mixed use block 

AMA appointed to provide full MEP & building physics duties for a new BREEAM Excellent project in Southsea. The mixed use building includes student residential accommodation over three floors with ground floor doctor’s surgery and pharmacy.

16.05.2016 SCAS Central Training Facility

Good to be working again with South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Murphy Philipps Architects and Arcadis Project management on a new education facility in Newbury.

SCAS-logo-header25.04.2016 AMA return to the Bluebell Railway

AMA return to the Bluebell Railway for an atmospheric steam train ride in the Sussex Weald.

24.03.2016 All ready for BIM level 2

AMA started investing in software and staff training two years ago to be ready for public sector BIM requirements starting next month. Managing Director, David Marshall explains; “We immediately saw the benefits of using BIM as a design tool for M&E Services.  BIM allows us to work live, visualise and present projects in 3D and in video.  It’s a powerful tool, very engaging and efficient.”
AMA has successfully delivered several projects using BIM level 2 tools including International College at the University of Bournemouth.  Click here to see the Case Study. For more details on how AMA can help with BIM on your project, please contact David Marshall.

AMA level 2 BIM

16.03.2016 Lewes FC Club Building

AMA have been appointed by the Lewes Football Club to provide MEP design concept for the new club building as part of the redevelopment of the Dripping Pan grounds.

Lewes FC

14.03.2016 Windlesham House School BIM Level 2

AMA are working for Kier and Paine Manwaring to provide BIM Level 2 mechanical services modelling for a new sports centre at Windlesham House School, an independent pre prep school in West Sussex.

04.03.2016 SCB Chilled Water Optimisation Works

The chilled water optimisation works are nearing completion at the Standard Chartered Bank; mechanical works are now complete and the project is ready for commissioning. AMA have used RevitMEP for visualisations of the plant and pipework in the chilled water plantroom.

SCB Chilled Water Optimisation

29.02.2016 Laughton Cottage

AMA and DH Design architects are working on the refurbishment of the Laughton Cottage in West Sussex. The project includes a two storey country house with an extension, separate pool house and a garden studio with workshop and garage. AMA are currently assessing low energy heating and hot water systems; we use tools like IES thermal modelling and Life Cycle Costing to evaluate options.
Laughton Cottage

26.02.2016 ED Reconfiguration at Royal Sussex County Hospital

AMA have been appointed by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust for the role of services engineer on the ED Reconfiguration Phase I project at Royal Sussex County Hospital, in conjunction with HDS Architects. News update: AMA appointed for Phase II of the works.

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

22.02.2016 Recycling commitment

AMA are committed to reducing their operational environmental impact, including recycling with local branch of Paper Round. In 2015 we recycled 360kg of paper and cardboard, this is equivalent of four trees and 500kg of CO2.Award for recycling

15.02.2016 A&E Department Redevelopment

AMA have been appointed by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust for the role of services engineer on the redevelopment of the existing Accident & Emergency Department at Royal Sussex County Hospital, in conjunction with HDS Architects.

21.01.2016 Jamon tasting

AMA’s annual jamon tasting evening brings a taste of Spain to Brighton. David Snr hand picked the jamon from Guijuelo, known as the superior quality Iberian ham. Manuel was at hand to show our guests from LCE Architects the jamon cutting technique.

Jamon tasting 2016

15.01.2016 Marketing suites for Octink

We continue working for Octink to provide MEP services design for residential development marketing suites. Recent projects include Bicester Ecotown, Keybridge House, Madison Sales Office, Colindale Gardens Marketing Suite, Great Eastern Quays at Royal Albert Wharf and Catford Green. Images by Octink.

Octink Marketing Suites

23.12.2015 Merry Christmas!

Season’s greetings from all at AMA, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Our offices will be closing for the holidays on Thursday 24 December and reopen on Monday 4 January.
AMA Christmas Lunch 2015 (2)21.12.2015 Student Accommodation Projects

We are continuing working for ProMEP on another student accommodation project. This new build block in Walthamstow has seven storeys of student bedrooms, studio rooms, common kitchen/living rooms and reception area on the ground floor. We are using Autodesk Navisworks BIM tool to model the plantroom with detailed DHW services for co-ordination and installation.

Blackhorse Lane Walthamstow

03.12.2015 ElumTools Lighting Calculations in Revit

AMA are further developing our BIM skills by trialling a new integrated lighting calculation add-in for Revit. ElumTools calculates point by point illuminance on any workplane or surface utilising lighting fixture families and surface geometry already present in the Revit model.

23.11.2015 Network Rail Office Cat B Fit-out

We are pleased to be working in East Croydon on a new Cat B office fit-out for Network Rail. Category B fit-out is the comprehensive fitting out of an office environment to the occupiers specific requirements. AMA are responsible for design of mechanical and electrical engineering services.

Network Rail

16.11.2015 Marketing suite for Octink at Keybridge, Vauxhall

The recently completed Keybridge marketing suite forms part of the on-going regeneration of Nine Elms in Vauxhall, London. AMA were appointed by Octink to carry out full MEP design duties, our method included thermal modelling of the building to establish heating and cooling loads (Photographs by Octink).

Keybridge

13.11.2015 Glasgow Student Accommodation

AMA complete mechanical services design and IES thermal dynamic simulation for ProMEP at five student accommodation blocks on Dunaskin Street in Glasgow. To check the requirement for mechanical cooling in key common areas, an overheating risk assessment and analysis of natural ventilation rates was carried out.
Dunaskin Street IES

22.10.2015 PV Installation Completed

30kWp solar photovoltaic installation at Standard Chartered Bank’s head quarters in London is completed. The images show the old poor ecological quality green roof, specialist green roof mounting frames and the newly installed panels with partially completed planting. The systems two work in synergy as the PV array offers shading & moisture for a more diverse fauna, where as the green roof helps to keep the panels cool and work more efficiently. This installation is the first solar green roof in the City of London.

16.10.2015 Wakelands Farmhouse Energy Modelling

AMA have carried out IES energy modelling and Life Cycle Costing to establish best suited low energy services options for the Wakelands Farmhouse on the Glyndebourne Estate in East Sussex. The historic building would greatly benefit form improvements to the building fabric and the inclusion of low & renewable energy technologies, this would reduce the heating and hot water related CO2 emissions by around 74%.

Wakelands Photos & IES

16.10.2015 Standard Chartered Bank ESOS Notification Submitted to the Environment Agency

The Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) audit is now completed for the Standard Chartered Bank. The Environment Agency administered scheme implements Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in the UK. An energy audit is carried out to quantify energy consumption and to identify feasible recommendations for energy savings. The ESOS notification was submitted within the first 5% of the over 9,000 of Britain’s biggest companies that are required to comply.

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08.10.2015 Sanitary and Rainwater Drainage Training

AMA’s mechanical engineers Manuel and David attend a CIBSE course for an update on the latest sanitary and rainwater drainage design regulations and British Standards.

06.10.2015 Cafe project completed  

AMA provided MEP services design and Part L compliance duties for a new Cafe building in West Sussex. The building is served by a high efficiency heat pump for heating, cooling and hot water, 17kWp solar photovoltaic installation is included. AMA carried out extensive modelling with Revit for visualisations and IES for compliance and dynamic thermal calculations.

View the BIM level 2 RevitMEP model walkthough https://youtu.be/k46I0UlEAAM

02.10.2015 Interventional Rooms at Worthing Hospital  

AMA are providing full MEP engineering services for the new HTM compliant interventional radiology suites at Worthing Hospital. Interventional radiologists use digital imaging to see inside the patient while performing treatment or exploratory procedures. The project is currently under construction and MH Architects have produced visuals of what the rooms will look like.

01.09.2015 Opening of the Falmer Sports Pavilion 

The official opening event of the Sports Pavilion included the presentation of the Webb Ellis Cup trophy on its 100-day tour, building-up to Rugby World Cup 2015. AMA have been involved since the early design stages of the Sports Pavilion, a new building that houses sporting and changing facilities. The building is designed to BREEAM Excellent and is set in the thermally stable earth bank with a roof top PV array and a waste water heat recovery system.

26.08.2015 Princess Royal Hospital Ansty Ward Refurbishment

AMA are appointed by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to carry out full MEP engineering services for the refurbishment of the Ansty Ward at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. The existing in-patient ward dates from 1991 and will undergo refurbishment to accommodate urology patients, some of whom stay overnight.

Ansty Ward

20.08.2015 Jerome’s Work Experience

Jerome has been at AMA offices this week for a work experience. He helped us with live projects, working on AutoCAD dwg and dxf files and generating an IES model. Jerome is currently doing his A Levels with focus on engineering related subjects and we wish him good luck with completing his current studies and applying for university.

06.08.2015 Royal Sussex County Hospital

AMA are appointed by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust on the Theatre Admissions project at the Royal Sussex County Hospital to carry out full MEP engineering design services. This project is close to our offices in Brighton, giving David and Adrian an opportunity to travel to site by the sustainable transport mode of a tandem bike.

David & Adrian ride a tandem

01.08.2015 Queen Elizabeth II Hospital 

AMA complete CT Scanner and x-ray rooms project at the new Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City. We were employed by Balfour Beatty to carry out M&E services design for the specialist medical equipment rooms. The MRI examination room sections show the equipment magnetic field without consideration of the iron shielding.

QE2 MRI

17.07.2015 The Bluebell Railway

AMA enjoy an evening on the Bluebell Railway in the Sussex Weald. The Bluebell Railway is an operational steam hauled train and a living museum with beautifully preserved engines, carriages and stations. Our evening started at Horsted Keynes station where we boarded the Real Ale Special service, the ride took us across the countryside on the historic single track railway, making stops at the restored stations for supper, jazz and an opportunity to take a closer look at the steam engine.

16.07.2015 New Student Accommodation

AMA are working for ProMEP designing domestic hot and cold water services for new high rise student accommodation. The plant design incorporates CHP with gas fired boilers and the interesting plantroom design has given us the opportunity to use Autodesk Revit MEP and provide BIM Level 2 drawings.

15.07.2015 Grade I Listed Building Refurbishment Complete

AMA were employed by Paine Manwaring to redesign heating for the refurbishment of a Grade I listed Victorian building at Sussex Square in Brighton. The building is occupied by EF International Language Centre and includes classrooms and a cafeteria. The original cast iron radiators were flushed, filled, pressure tested and commissioned. We also provided working drawings and record drawings for the MEP contractor.

Sussex Square

03.07.2015 Worthing Hospital HR Department Office Suite Conversion 

AMA employed by Kier to provide MEP design services for the conversion of an existing day nursery to a new office suite serving Worthing Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Human Resources department. We have used Autodesk Revit to design the MEP systems and to produce rendered images.

View the BIM level 2 RevitMEP model walkthough  https://youtu.be/J9daJCGRs-I

01.07.2015 Life Cycle Costing Training

AMA’s David and Hanna go to a BSRIA Life Cycle Costing training course with specific focus on MEP services. The course focuses on the economic appraisal of decisions and the prioritisation of maintenance and equipment replacement budgets. Advanced LCC techniques, such as modelling complex life cycles and sensitivity analysis, are studied and applications such as prioritising projects within a limited budget and using LCC data to predict actual expenditure profiles.

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10.07.2015 Boundstone Nursery & Daycare Centre

Local architects Moshin Cooper, who we worked with at Boundstone Nursery School on a new atrium infill, have kindly sent us some photographs of the completed scheme, their scale model and a before shot of the site as an open courtyard. AMA worked with the architects providing performance M&E design, including overheating and daylight analysis using IES Virtual Environment to assist with the design of rooflights for sufficient ventilation and natural light.

26.06.2015 Constructionline Membership Renewed

AMA are members of Constructionline, the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service. All members are required to meet BSI developed pre-qualification requirements appropriate to public and private sector procurement, this ensures meeting of industry and Government standards.

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25.06.2015 New Food Production Facility

AMA are working for BBM Sustainable Design Ltd architects on a new facility for BD Foods near Hastings. The facility is a new with food production area, staff canteen and staff changing area. The image below shows proposed elevations by the architect and AMA’s Adrian in his food hygiene compliant survey kit.

BD Foods

19.06.2015 David is Fundraising for the National Autistic Society

AMA’s David Marshall is taking part in Ride London-Surrey, a 100 mile bike challenge on Sunday 2 August 2015 to raise money for the National Autistic Society. The ride starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows the 2012 Olympic route into Surrey countryside, finishing in central London on The Mall. For more information about this story and how to donate please see David’s fundraising page:

www.virginmoneygiving.com/davidmarshall21

DM bike challenge

UPDATE : Thankyou to all for your kind donations, £844 was raised for the National Autistic Society. David’s data and notes from the day;

  1. 100 miles completed in 5hrs 47mins, including  a couple of feed and water stops.
  2. Sudocrem works.
  3. Didn’t realise the additional 20 miles involved in finding the start and then riding back from the finish to my car at the O2. Thanks to random stranger who had a sat nav on his bike that I followed back to the O2.

David bike challenge

01.05.2015 Chilled Water System Optimisation

AMA are working for the Standard Chartered Bank on a chilled water system optimisation at their London Head Offices. The critical and base built chilled water systems are optimised to reduce associated energy consumption. We are using Revit to produce drawings and design information for the project.

Standard Chartered Bank Chilled Water

20.04.2015 Vacancy for an Associate Mechanical Services Design Engineer 

AMA are recruiting an Associate Mechanical Services Design Engineer to join their building services consultancy in Brighton. You will be working in a small team on diverse and interesting projects including hospitals, schools and other commercial work.  Responsible for mechanical services design of projects from inception to completion, you should have good communication and client facing skills. Desired skills and experience:

  • HND/Degree qualified in Building Services Engineering
  • 10 years’ experience in mechanical services including heating, ventilation, comfort cooling, and domestic hot/ cold water services.
  • Experience using Hevacomp, IES and Autocad
  • Full driving licence

We offer a competitive salary, a good working environment with opportunities for training and personal development. For more details please contact vanessa@amaconsult.co.uk

17.04.2015 Endoscopy Phase 1 Handed Over

Phase 1 of the £5 million Worthing Hospital Endoscopy project is handed over. The five state of the art endoscopy treatment rooms are a part of the refurbishment of the existing building that includes a new building infill in the old internal courtyard. AMA carried out full M&E services design and are appointed for Phase 2.

02.04.2015 ESOS Certified Lead Assessor

AMA’s Hanna Ylitalo is now a fully certified Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Lead Assessor. ESOS is the UK Government‘s approach to implementing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, it is mandatory in the UK, requiring all large undertakings to carry out regular energy audits, overseen by Lead Assessors, to demonstrate compliance with the scheme.

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05.01.2015 Welcome to Adrian Burgess

AMA welcome Adrian Burgess who has been appointed as our new Associate Electrical Engineer. Adrian is a valuable addition to our team, bringing extensive knowledge and experience in the design and project management of commercial and residential projects. 

24.12.2014 Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at AMA! We have a busy holiday period planned with our Brighton office refurbishment. The office will reopen on Monday 5th January 2015.  

Christmas 2014

19.12.2014 Kent County Cricket Club Hand Over

The new Kent County Cricket Club building in Beckenham is handed over to the client. The new building includes an indoor cricket training hall and a spectator stand building with a bar lounge and physiotherapy and fitness rooms.  AMA were appointed by Connect to design mechanical and electrical services and to assist with Part L compliance.

14.01.2014 Ultrasonic Flow Meter at Eastbourne Hospital

AMA are using ultrasonic flow meter to collect domestic hot water consumption data at Eastbourne Hospital. This real time data will be used to accurately size a new steam DHW plant for the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Hospital. As BSRIA members AMA have access to calibrated instruments that we use for specialist projects. In this instance the collection of real time data in the existing building enables very accurate system sizing based on real consumption, this will improve the system efficiency.

Ultasonic flow meter

05.12.2014 Ricardo Centenary Museum  

AMA appointed by ES Connect to provide a feasibility study for M&E and renewable energy options for the proposed Ricardo Centenary Museum near Shoreham Airport. Ricardo are a leading engineering, technology and innovation provider in the automotive industry. The new building will be primarily used as a museum space exhibiting cars and engines, the main space will also be used as a conference facility.

Ricardo Centenary Museum

03.12.2014 St Paul’s Catholic College Extension 

AMA complete the design of mechanical services for the classroom and science laboratory extension at St Paul’s Catholic College. We were appointed by Humphrey Heating to extend the existing system to provide underfloor heating, ventilation and gas services to the extension.

24.11.2014 Blood Sciences at St. Richard’s Hospital

The Blood Sciences project at St. Richard’s Hospital is completed. The project included the relocation of the Blood Sciences into newly refurbished laboratory within St. Richard’s Hospital. AMA carried out full M&E services design, including IES thermal dynamic analysis, cooling for the 50kW equipment heat gains, specialist conditioned water supply and drainage system for specialised medical waste.

17.11.2014 ESCC School Extensions Feasibility Studies

AMA appointed by White Design Associates to carry out environmental appraisals of various East Sussex County Council school extension. The reviews include building services feasibility studies and recommendations of suitable renewable technologies. Thermal dynamic modelling is used for risk of overheating and natural ventilation assessments.

20.10.2014 Green Roof and Solar PV Array Synergy at SCB London

AMA are working on an innovative solar photovoltaic (PV) solution for the Standard Chartered Bank’s London HQ Building. The new PV installation will be mounted on special platforms that are specifically for green roofs and include a ‘wicking’ capillary fleece that draws water to vegetation under the panels. The two technologies work in synergy and enhance each other; the evapotranspiration of the plants cools the PV panels improving their efficiency and the PV panels provide shade and additional moisture to the vegetation. Important species (Toadflax Brocade Moth, Brown Banded Carder Bee and Black Redstart) are already visiting the green roof and the new installation will enhance local biodiversity as there is potential to add floristic variety and therefore increase the fauna.

SCB green roof

09.10.2014 National Recognition for AMA Project 

AMA hospital project wins national recognition. Worthing Hospital Emergency Floor has been chosen by the Royal College of Physicians’ as a development site for the Future Hospital programme that focuses on improving the care of patients. You can read more in this article by the Argus.

23.09.2014 BSRIA Membership

AMA are members of the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA). This association is a test, instruments, research and consultancy organisation, providing specialist services in construction and building services. Being accepted as a member demonstrates AMA’s credibility within the industry and provides assurance to our clients that we have access to the latest independent thinking.

BSRIA Member

18.09.2014 Manuel Begins Masters Degree Studies

AMA’s Manuel Carrasco has begun his Masters Degree at the London South Bank University. Manuel will complete the Building Services Engineering MSc part-time over 28 months while carrying on with his work at AMA. The course is well recognised within the industry and fully accredited by CIBSE. Manuel is looking forward to broadening his knowledge with leading academic experts in the field of building services engineering.

Manuel South Bank Uni

30.08.2014 Low Carbon Consultant Accreditation

AMA are now fully accredited CIBSE Low Carbon Consultants. AMA’s Hanna Ylitalo is a qualified LCC Building Design and Simulation specialist after completing the training and exams with our technology partners IES and CIBSE for the upgrade of the revised Part L 2013 regulations. Low Carbon Consultants can confirm Part L2A Compliance, advise on energy efficiency and conservation, design low carbon and renewable energy technologies and use passive design technologies to make the best use of shade and natural ventilation.

CIBSE Low Carbon Consultants

25.06.2014 Falmer Sports Pavillion

AMA are retained by the University of Brighton, working for LCE Architects to oversee the MEP design and installation of the new Sports Pavillion on the Falmer Campus. The new sports facility building incorporates renewable energy technologies and is designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent rating.

28.05.2014 BIM Integration

AMA are further investing in in-depth specialised training with our technology partners IES Virtual Environment and Autodesk Revit. We are focusing on detailed building physics and mechanical services analysis with IES ApacheHVAC and using Revit to ease the understanding of increasingly complex plant areas. This training keeps us ahead of the game for the increasing requirement of BIM implementation and its technological challenges.  

21.04.2014 Worthing Hospital West Block Refurbishment

AMA appointed by Kier to design MEP engineering services for a new £4.5 million endoscopy facility at Worthing Hospital. The project involves refurbishing existing areas as well as the construction of a new ground floor section within the existing West Block. We are approaching this project by front loading with detailed surveys of existing services and workshop meetings with facilities and maintenance teams, to enable us to put together a detailed design package including engineering enabling works.

20.03.2014 Ambulance Facility Completed

The new South East Hants Resource centre, a new ambulance make ready facility was completed and handed over to the client South Central Services NHS Trust. AMA have been involved from inception to completion, providing performance MEP specifications and drawings. The facility is located in Cosham, and has been incorporated into an existing industrial building.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust

15.03.2014 Standard Chartered Bank Energy Efficiency Projects 

AMA and Global Documentation are working together on a number of projects at the Standard Chartered Bank’s London offices. Our projects include assessments of existing services and building optimisation to achieve the client’s aspiration for a more energy efficient and low carbon building. We have used IES thermal dynamic modelling to assist in predicting the building energy performance in detail

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11.02.2014 CIBSE Awards Dinner 

AMA and our sister company Enviroblinds attend the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2014. We were shortlisted in the Energy Saving Product of the Year category for our work in pioneering the use of external roller blinds as an energy saving device in the UK. We all had a great night but unfortunately did not win this year.

CIBSE awards dinner

18.01.2014 Energy Assessment for SCB Ghana  

We are pleased to be working with Global Documentation on an energy assessment for Standard Chartered Bank’s new regional HQ in Accra, Ghana. We have used IES thermal dynamic modelling to assist in predicting energy outcomes resulting from alternative renewable technologies.

SCB Accra IES model

20.12.2013 Merry Christmas

Seasons Greetings from all at AMA! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Christmas 2013

16.12.2013 Brighton Landmark Building 

AMA have started work on a local landmark building, the old Co-op Department Store in London Road Brighton. The site is very close to our office and the first project we can see from our window. We are designing mechanical services and working for Techelec. The façade of the old building is retained and a new structure is created behind it, the new building includes commercial space and 355 bed student accommodation.

The Co-Op Building

13.12.2013 Return to Gatwick Airport

We are back at Gatwick South Terminal after 15 years! We are designing mechanical services for the Skybreak Service Desk and working for Techelec. The technology used in our daily work has greatly developed since our last project here; our drawings are AutoCAD or Revit for BIM projects, we use IES Virtual Environment thermal dynamic software, Amtech ProDesign for electrical design, DIALux and RELUX for lighting design, communications are via emails, smartphones and tablets are with us everywhere, we have WiFi, Cloud, DropBox, LinkedIn, social media… Whatever next?

11.12.2013 Rockdale Care Home

We have commenced design work for Mansell at Rockdale, a charitable Housing Association in Sevenoaks. The Rockdale project includes a  new 48 bedroom care home for the elderly, 29 new sheltered apartments and the refurbishment of the existing Rockdale House.

Rockdale

09.11.2013 Rusthall Lodge Generator

Our generator project is complete for Rusthall Lodge Housing Association. The standby generator is sited within the grounds of the nursing home and housed within an acoustic enclosure limiting the noise levels. The generator will run during periods of disruption to the local mains network or during planned maintenance periods. AMA have provided full electrical services design and project management, including applying for and obtaining Planning Permission.

Rusthall Housing Association generator

15.11.2013 Olympic Park Marketing Suite

AMA are working on a new project for Octink to provide MEP services design at the Chobham Manor. The building is a marketing suite forming part of a wider residential development; the first new neighbourhood in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The demountable temporary structure will be in place until 2018 and utilises the same demountable construction technology used on the Olympic Park during London 2012. Indicative illustration by Octink.

Chobham Manor

13.11.2013 Worthing Hospital Emergency Floor 

The mechanical and electrical services being installed in the existing ground floor of the East Wing in Worthing Hospital, part of the new Emergency Floor project. The project is being completed in phases, adjacent to live working clinical areas.

Worthing Hospital Emergency Floor

31.10.2013 CIBSE Awards Shortlisting 

AMA and our sister company Enviroblinds are delighted to be shortlisted in the Energy Saving Product of the Year category for the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2014. The CIBSE Building Performance Awards recognise the businesses, teams, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment. The AMA and Enviroblinds team are nominated for their work in pioneering the use of external roller blinds as an energy saving device in the UK. Read more about our research work and details of the energy saving product on the Enviroblinds site www.enviroblinds.co.uk

CIBSE Shortlisted entrant 2014

14.10.2013 Pathology Block Refurbishment at St Richard’s Hospital 

Design process cooling for new blood analysers at St Richards Hospital, Chichester, connecting to the existing site chilled water system. Part of continuing refurbishment works of the existing Pathology Block.

St Richards Blood Science

01.10.2013 Welcome to Manuel Carrasco

AMA welcome a new member of staff, Manuel Carrasco. Manuel has a background of mechanical building services engineering design and site management with a BEng in Building Engineering from Universidad Politecnica of Madrid. Manuel is appointed as a mechanical engineer.

03.09.2013 Goodwood Racing 

AMA go to the horse races at Goodwood. The group were treated to a beautiful sunny day with the excitement of the betting and the races.

Goodwood race

15.06.2013 Feasibility Studies on the Isle of Wight

AMA have been appointed by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust to carry out a feasibility study into engineering services for 3 new facilities, MAU, Endoscopy and Ophthalmology.

13.06.2013 KTP Conference Presentation 

AMA attend KTP Associates Conference at the University of Brighton where Hanna Ylitalo presents a paper and poster titled “Environmental performance of external roller blinds in the UK” summarising the findings of the AMA and University of Brighton Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) academic research collaboration to date.

12.06.2013 Cricket at the Ageas Bowl

AMA go to t20 cricket at the Ageas Bowl to see Hampshire Royals v Sussex Sharks. AMA supported the Sharks who won the toss and elected to bat, in the end Hampshire won by four wickets.

07.05.2013 Academic Research Presentation at CIB Brisbane 

AMA and University of Brighton academic collaboration paper “Environmental benefits of external roller blinds retrofit for offices in the United Kingdom” is presented by Dr Kenneth Ip of University of Brighton at the CIB World Building Congress in Brisbane Australia. CIB is the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, a worldwide network of experts with a research, university, industry or government background. This paper includes a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the external roller blinds – the results show that the device’s embodied carbon payback period can be as short as six months.

CIB World Building Congress 2013

17.04.2013 Cosham Health Centre Refurbishment  

AMA have been employed by Mansell as MEP consulting engineers to provide full MEP professional services for the refurbishment of the existing Vanguard Building in Cosham, Hants, which will become a new health centre. The project gives us the opportunity to continue using our MEP Revit software to help develop the BIM model of the project.

12.03.2013 Our Carbon Reduction Commitment 

Business-01AMA sign up for Brighton and Hove 10:10, a campaign where all participants cut their carbon emissions by 10% in a year, and keep going the next year. AMA are committed to reducing our current calculated carbon footprint of 2.9 tonnes of CO2e by 10% within one year. 

11.03.2013 Welcome to Aroa de Cosa Guerrero

AMA welcome a new member of staff, Aroa de Cosa Guerrero. Aroa has a Degree in Urban Development and Land Surveying and originally trained as a cad technician in Spain, working for a water treatment plant turnkey contractor. She manages our cad department and assists in developing cad standards, including using MEP Revit software.

01.03.2013 Carbon Smart Certification

2013_version_BLUEAMA achieve Carbon Smart Certification, which is an ongoing sustainability programme that recognises and promotes businesses that have taken action to reduce their impact on the environment. Our primary impact on the environment is our transport related emissions and the daily running of our office. AMA are committed to reducing our current calculated carbon footprint of 2.9 tonnes of CO2e by 10% within one year.

07.12.2012 University of Brighton Refurbishment

The University of Brighton have appointed AMA as building services consulting engineers, to design the mechanical and electrical engineering services for a recent building acquisition in Brighton, namely Cavendish House in Kemp Town. The University are keen to repeat what we have done at their Grand Parade site in the media suite, and have exposed services in workshop and studio areas, which will give a light and airy feel to these contemporary spaces.

16.10.2012 Newhaven Incinerator Tour 

AMA visit the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility. The impressive facility treats 210,000 tonnes of household waste, that is unsuitable for recycling, per year and generates electricity from it. The electricity produced is sold to the National Grid and is enough to supply 25,000 homes. Image by Hochtief UK Construction.

Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility (Image by Hochtief UK Construction)

28.09.2012 South Central Ambulance NHS Trust Appointment

South Central Ambulance NHS Trust appoint AMA as building services consulting engineers. This is a new project based in Cosham Hampshire and includes refurbishment of an existing commercial warehouse, to provide a new the new South East Hampshire Resource Centre. Ambulances will be maintained, clinically cleaned and prepared for service.

10.09.2012 Academic Paper Presentation  

AMA and University of Brighton complete their first academic paper Thermal performance of external roller blinds retrofit for offices in the United Kingdom“. Paper published and presented by Hanna Ylitalo at the EPPM2012 Conference, Brighton 10 – 11 September 2012.

01.08.2012 Knowledge Transfer Partnership with University of Brighton

AMA and the University of Brighton are awarded the prestigious Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), a European Programme encouraging academics to work with businesses. The project focus is on bringing external roller blinds to UK as an energy saving device. Immediate outcome of the collaboration is the formation of our new sister business Enviroblinds.

25.07.2012 Academic Research Project Update

Hanna Ylitalo will be presenting a paper titled “Thermal Performance of External Roller Blinds Retrofit for offices in the United Kingdom” at the EPPM 2012, 3rd International Conference Engineering, Project and Production Management, to be held at the University of Brighton. Hanna has been carrying out research on the thermal performance of external roller blinds as part of her MSc in Sustainability of the Built Environment, in conjunction with the University of Brighton. We would like to thank Mansell for constructing the mock-up test rooms at the University of Brighton last summer, and Aluplex for providing the external blinds.

17.07.2012 CIBSE Chartered Engineer 

Congratulations to Graeme! Graeme Badcock, a director of AMA has recently achieved CIBSE membership and Chartered Engineer status. Eventually Graeme did the necessary paperwork, it’s good to have another Chartered Engineer in the practice.

13.07.2012 AMA’s first BIM Project 

AMA are involved in their first BIM (Building Information Modelling) project. Employed by Mansell Construction, AMA are building services engineers for the new Breast Clinic at Worthing Hospital. “This is a great opportunity for us to train and invest in BIM. We are in the process of training to use Autodesk MEP Revit 2013, which we will be using to design the mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new breast clinic.” says David Marshall.

13.07.2012 Regent’s College Boiler Plant Replacement

AMA appointed by Argent Mechanical to design the replacement central boiler plant at Regent’s College in London. Regents College is a prestigious private university partly located in Regents Park. The design involves, installation 2000kW of gas fired condensing boiler, with facilities for the possible future integration of a gas fired CHP system.

Regent’s College

04.05.2012 Sports Building Feasibility Study 

AMA appointed by LCE Architects as services engineers, working on the feasibility study of a new sports pavilion for The University of Brighton at Falmer. The client’s brief is for a BREEAM excellent building. AMA are currently trialling IES Thermal Dynamic software to assist with feasibility study. Image by LCE Architects.

Falmer Sports Pavilion - LCE

04.05.2012 Laminar Flow Theatres Hand Over 

The new laminar flow theatres were handed over to Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust yesterday on time and within budget. AMA were appointed by Kier to carry out detailed design of the mechanical and electrical engineering services, including above ground drainage. The project was particularly challenging in terms of designing the engineering services and plant that would fit into the existing limited roof space. AMA used SketchUp to assist in visualising the plant layout, and to check on installation options. The installation was completed within a ‘live environment’, adjacent to existing working operating theatres. The project benefited from generous feasibility and design time to look at options and develop the preferred option with detailed coordinated mechanical and electrical services drawings.

Laminar Flow

12.03.2012 National Grid Substations 

AMA have been appointed by Focus Consulting to design the building services for the remodelling of staff work spaces at three National Grid substations. Works at The Isle of Grain, Ninfield and Dungeness include refurbishment, remodelling and extending office accommodation, mess facilities and ablutions at each of the premises. The projects follow on from our previous involvement with the National Grid and Brighton-based Focus Consulting with whom we have completed numerous projects since 2006.

07.03.2012 BREEAM Excellent Outpatients Building Hand Over

The new Worthing Hospital Outpatients building was handed over to Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust this month. The BREEAM excellent building has been well received by clinical staff, and they are looking forward to open for patients in the next couple of weeks. This is an energy efficient building with innovative engineering solutions including ventilation heat recovery to improve the efficiency of the central air source heat pump plant during periods of low ambient temperature. David Marshall of AMA says, “We are looking forward to monitor the energy performance of this building over the next year, and to work with Trust on fine tuning the controls during the seasonal commissioning.”

19.10.2011 Worthing Hospital Emergency Assessment Area

AMA have begun work as building services engineers for the proposed new emergency assessment area at Worthing Hospital. An improved emergency assessment area will be developed on the ground floor of the East Wing. “Developing a dedicated and highly specialised unit will improve emergency admission care for patients at Worthing. The unit will include a specific ward for all emergency admissions, in which doctors can assess, diagnose and plan treatment for patients without delay.”

09.08.2011 AMA Academic Research Experiment Starts

AMA have set up a project with the University of Brighton and Mansell to investigate the environmental benefits of external window blinds. We are currently testing an external blind at the University of Brighton Cockcroft Building during the month of August. We are hoping to publish our report with results by November 2011.

28.06.2011 Operating Theatres Refurbishment 

AMA have been appointed by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust as building services engineer at East Surrey Hospital for the refurbishment of the existing operating theatres.

27.06.2011 OPD Update  

The weather was on our side as the air source heat pump was finally lifted into position on 27th June. 10 metres long and with an operating weight of 8400kg, the heat pump incorporates an air cooled chiller, primary LTHW and Chilled Water pumps. Heating output is 332 kW at an ambient of -4degC.

OPD Heatpump

23.03.2011 Toy & Model Museum Reception

AMA holds a drinks reception at the Brighton Toy & Model Museum. The highlight of the evening was the demonstration of the 1930’s three-rail ‘0’ gauge working model railway, featuring authentic period track side accessories. Image by Brighton Toy & Model Museum.

Brighton Toy & Model Museum

10.10.2010 Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust 

AMA are currently working for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, providing engineering design for new laminar flow theatres.

01.10.2010 BREEAM Excellent Outpatient Department Building 

Appointed by Mansell as Building Services Consulting Engineers on new £5.5m OPD building at Worthing Hospital. We are aiming for BREEAM Excellent rating. AMA are working on the new Outpatient Department building with HLM architects and CSC Engineers. This innovative design raises the refrigerant evaporation temperature during low temperature conditions by directing ventilation exhaust air at the air source heat pump. Image by HLM Architects.

OPD Department - Worthing Hospital_HLM Architects

01.06.2010 Alonso Marshall Associates Ltd 

David Marshall Jnr, Graeme Badcock, Hanna Ylitalo and Jesus Vizcaya join AMA. AMA (Alonso Marshall Associates) Ltd is a Brighton-based building services consulting engineers, launched by David Marshall Snr in 2007. The close team of highly experienced engineers and technologists, who have previously worked together at DMA are now reunited at AMA, focus on creating sustainable, efficient and culturally-appropriate businesses and places.