Electric Vehicle Charging Points
With the rapid increase in electric vehicles on our roads, car dealerships require high-capacity electric vehicle chargers (EVC’s) at each of their major service centres.
ION Consulting are undertaking electricity infrastructure capacity checks at various UK locations, followed by local infrastructure upgrade projects to supply high-capacity DC and AC chargers to several national car dealerships.
With 150KW to 200KW DC fast charging units, electric vehicles can reach maximum range in less than 40 mins, which is essential when dealerships are undertaking servicing and checks on modern electric vehicles.
It is anticipated that within the next 2-3 years that over 100,000 high capacity chargers will be needed throughout the UK.
Adanac Business Park – Infrastructure Development
ION were engaged by the developer for the design of the utility infrastructure required for the construction of Phase 2 of the development at Adanac Business Park. This comprised two blocks totalling 115,000 sqft plus an additional 20,000 sqft of mezzanine. There was also the potential to develop a plot north of the existing overhead power lines which would add a further 120,000 sqft to the site. All buildings are for light general industrial use.
ION liaised closely with the utility providers and managed the various applications to the DNO. Detailed negotiation with SSEN was required to ascertain that adequate power capacity was available to service the site, plus detailed infrastructure planning was needed to locate new substations, maximising flexibility for the future.
Watford Borough Council – Town Hall and Colosseum
Watford Town Hall and Colosseum form the ‘cultural hub’ of the town centre, with the Colosseum being a 1200 seat premier entertainment venue renowned for its acoustic qualities. The large historic auditorium is home to the BBC concert orchestra.
This exciting £20m re-development project will include the remodelling of both buildings. The visitor experience to the Colosseum will be enhanced with new bars and a second entertainment venue, whilst the Town Hall will undergo a major transformation to provide modern energy efficient flexible office and community spaces.
The historic council chamber, committee rooms are heritage areas within the building will be retained to become new exhibition and museum spaces.
New M&E services will be provided throughout including high efficiency heating plant, suited to a future low carbon district heating system as well as new LED lighting, heat recovery ventilation and ultra-fast data connectivity.
Tollard Court Heating Replacement
Tollard Court is a converted hotel building consisting of 39 high quality flats occupying a prestigious location on the cliff top at Bournemouth.
ION were engaged to design and oversee the complete replacement and upgrade of the entire heating system and all domestic hot and cold water systems serving the flats.
New high efficiency centralised heating plant will now replace existing life expired plant, with individual ‘Heat Interface Units’ incorporating energy monitoring and metering, now enabling accurate billing for individual occupiers.
The new system design required careful phasing to ensure minimal disruption to users of the building.
Arthur Hill Development
This multi-residential development provides 15 units in total, comprising a mixture of one, two and three bedroom units, sensitively integrated within a listed building façade.
The buildings have an extremely low energy footprint and are designed to ‘Passivhaus’ standards, resulting in a net zero carbon development.
Extremely low energy use is achieved via the incorporation of very high levels of thermal insulation, the use of 'air source' heat pump heating and hot water generation and roof mounted photo voltaic panels.
Solent University Sports Building
New build sports training facility, containing five levels of speciality gyms, two halls, studios and a café. The facility also houses an elite level basketball court with public viewing areas, as well as AV and TV outside broadcast capability.
ION worked 'client side' on this project providing the University with a design guardian role being responsible for quality inspections and taking on the role as commissioning manager.
The project is part of a much larger redevelopment scheme for the whole university campus which ION are currently heavily involved with.
Fareham Live – Theatre and Entertainment Centre
Re-development of Ferneham Hall in Fareham to form a new state-of-the-art, 800 seat performing arts and theatre complex, complete with a new fly tower to suit larger touring shows, plus the provision of a new second theatrical venue for local drama societies. The building also has a dance studio, restaurant and bars, plus associated back of house changing areas and offices.
New M&E services are carefully integrated into this complex shaped building, with extensive power, data, lighting control and theatrical systems necessary to suit modern productions.
Acoustic control of the ventilation systems is critical to achieving quality stage productions. The building also incorporates air source heat pump heating and roof mounted PV arrays to reduce the energy footprint of the building.
Magma Global – Specialist Cable Manufacturers
ION were responsible for the complete design and site management of the M&E services for this highly specialised production facility for undersea cable manufacture near Portsmouth, Hampshire.
The ‘large span’ production hall contains complex extrusion and cable winding equipment requiring heavy power services, good levels of lighting and close environmental control.
Extensive site infrastructure works, new services and complex services diversions were needed to prepare the site for re-development.
Coopervision – Contact Lens Manufacturing Facility
ION provided the complete mechanical and electrical design for this new high-capacity contact lens manufacturing facility in Southampton.
The project involved re-purposing an existing warehouse into a dedicated and hygienically clean contact lens production facility making 920,000 lens per day. The building contained substantial clean room facilities which were fully air conditioned. Services included high and low voltage power distribution, generators, compressed air, DI water and industrial gases.
ION developed the original client’s requirements and carefully tailored them with the various specialist production machine requirements to provide the client with this highly successful manufacturing plant.
Included in the M&E design were a network of specialist compressed air services, chilled water for process cooling and ventilation operated under a dedicated pressure control regime.
ION were involved from the initial concept idea through design, installation and the commissioning phases of the project. Working closely with the client and other members of the design team, the project was successfully completed and handed over ahead of programme.
Solent University Marine Simulators
The new Marine Simulator training facility provides a real-life experience to the operators including a fully operational mission bridge simulator, two 360-degree bridge simulators, three 270 degree bridge simulators, a crane simulator, an HV training room, three engine room simulators, an engine control room, 36 desk top simulations, a liquid cargo simulation, debrief rooms and a welcome area.
The works included the soft-strip and demolition of all existing mechanical & electrical services, suspended ceilings, raised access floors, finishes / furnishings, and asbestos containing materials, to facilitate the refurbishment of the learning resource centre within the Andrews Building, Solent University.
The new facility included a network of VRF systems serving all areas for comfort cooling, and the provision of heat rejection for the data centre and server room. A complex system of containment, power and data distribution was required to serve the simulator suites, co-ordinated within the constraints of the existing building structures.
Burrell House Hospice
The project involved the complete refurbishment of an existing building within the Royal Hampshire County Hospital site into a new hospice building, designed to provide a new 10 bed palliative care facility located within the larger hospital site.
New high efficiency heating, low energy lighting and modern services make this a calming and relaxing facility, carefully balanced with the need to create a safe, clinical environment.
The project was successfully handed over to the client, matching the high standards expected of this type of facility.
Haskins Garden Centre – Snowhill
In 2003, the Haskins Garden centre business expanded with the acquisition of Snowhill Garden Centre, located in Copthorne, West Sussex. This centre traded successfully for 13 years before the whole site was completely redeveloped, culminating in a new flag-ship garden centre reopening in early 2020.
ION provided the design for all the building services for the new development including provision of new incoming services, lighting, heating, and ventilation systems.
Complex automatic ventilation controls ensure the garden areas are maintained at optimum conditions, plus ION designed all the systems to support the striking 300 seat busy restaurant at the heart of the facility.
Mubarak Mosque – Islamabad
The Mubarak Mosque is a mosque in Tilford, Surrey, England. It serves as the mosque on the site of the international headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, formerly known as Islamabad. It was inaugurated on 17 May 2019 by Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
ION Consulting were part of the design team who together delivered this stunning and architecturally iconic building in Surrey. The M&E design, included a sophisticated lighting scheme both internally and externally that provides a memorable experience both to the building users and people passing by.
Careful integration of air conditioning and audio-visual systems were also required to ensure the M&E systems did not detract from the stunning aesthetics of the facility.
Drove Barn, Stubhampton – High Class Private Residence
The Drove Barn development forms part of the larger Stubhampton Estate programme, which is the redevelopment of over 2 square miles of land to form a large shooting estate located in Blandford Forum, Dorset. The Drove Barn development is the main visitor’s accommodation building with associated function and entertainment spaces.
Situated centrally within the Stubhampton Estate, the barn and various outbuildings required a complete M&E design including provision of new incoming services. ION developed the client’s complex and detailed brief to produce a comprehensive and fully integrated high quality installation.
The works include a fully automatic and integrated lighting scheme, heating and air conditioning systems to various rooms and specialist areas, including wine cellars and drying rooms. All the building services were sensitively integrated into the architectural elements of the buildings to maximise the visual impact of the interior and exterior of the development.
Swanwick Marina Development & Boat Sales
The works involved the reconstruction of two thirds of the existing marina site with new pontoons, industrial and commercial buildings, changing areas and leisure facilities.
The scope of ION’s services included the replacement of the complete mechanical and electrical infrastructure to the site including new gas and water mains, HV and LV distribution, sub stations, supplies to industrial and retail units, and ship to shore connections.
NOSS Marina – River Dart, Devon
New exclusive marina development located on the bank of the river Dart in Devon.
The project includes berthing for 250 boats, commercial offices, industrial units, retail units, a hotel and 110 high end residences (apartments and houses).
ION have developed a long-standing relationship with Premier Marinas and have completed similar schemes in their Swanwick and Chichester marinas.
ION were responsible for the specification and design of all the M&E services throughout the site including a new 33KV incoming power supply, all incoming water systems, plus telecom and broadband services required throughout the development.
Guildford Abattoir and Cutting Rooms – Chitty Foods
New build construction of a cattle abattoir and beef joint cutting room, plus associated cold store rooms and offices.
The project was commissioned following a fire in the existing premises and involved maintaining the existing processes while the new construction occurred. The services installations included process cooling and ventilation, electrical distribution and lighting. All services needed to be corrosion-resistant, many of which required the use of stainless steel conduits and pipework.
Eastleigh College – Arts and Media Centre
New multi-purpose teaching facility for the College providing art, graphics, media, and health and beauty teaching spaces.
This new 3 storey facility provides a striking entrance building to the college campus and encompasses a central atrium and circulation area allowing students to ‘break out’ of teaching areas at all level.
The new building is highly thermally insulated, reducing its energy consumption and incorporates rainwater harvesting and roof mounted solar PV arrays.
Berensden Laundry, Southampton
The development of a new commercial laundry facility based in Southampton, for the processing of over 1 million individual items of medical and hospital laundry per week.
ION worked closely with various manufacturers of the laundry plant and equipment, to design and oversee the installation of the building services required to operate this new ultra-efficient commercial process facility. The M&E systems designed and installed in the development included energy efficient heat recovery systems, a major water treatment facility and water reclamation systems.
Royal Hampshire County Hospital – Burrell Wing Robotic Pharmacy Facility
ION were engaged to undertake the design and delivery of an automated Pharmacy dispensing facility at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester. The new facility provides automated robot dispensing of drugs and medicines for this busy county hospital.
The services included chilled water, LTHW heating, central ducted AHU ventilation systems and dirty extract systems. High level access control and security systems were also required for this drugs distribution facility.
Close co-ordination and management of the project was necessary in order to minimise the impact of the new works on adjacent 'live' working areas within the hospital.
The project was delivered successfully both to programme and to meet the highest quality expected in today's clinical environments.