High Performance Engine Production Facility

High performance engine designer Ricardo UK appointed us to develop a state-of-the-art extension at its site in Shoreham-by-Sea.

High Performance Engine Production Facility

Our client wished to develop a multi-million pound state-of-the-art extension to its assembly facility for high performance engines in Shoreham-by-Sea. Commissioned to provide M&E performance engineering services from concept stage to assist with the tender, we were also retained for the duration of the construction as the client’s technical advisor.

Alongside the rest of the design team, we worked closely with the client to gain an in-depth understanding of the building and the client’s requirements.

We developed a Part L building model to inform the façade design in order to assist the architects and we also helped rationalise the mechanically controlled areas to reduce the amount of mechanical plant within the building. One of the key issues was de-centralising plant given the proximity of aircraft traffic from the local airport, which prevented the use of plant at roof level.

Using BIM at an early stage of the project enabled us to model all mechanical and electrical services in full detail, which ensured a co-ordinated approach and allowed us to present the client with a visual representation for their review prior to submission of the tender. Extensive use of BIM and early engagement with the client meant we were able to remove the risk of costly client changes during construction.

Energy consumption was also a key driver on this project. The inclusion of reactive LED lighting in all areas, demand-controlled ventilation and practical use of renewable energy allowed us to maximise the energy saving potential of the building.

The successful design and construction of this facility has resulted in an impressive state-of-the-art high performance engine assembly centre capable of producing up to 4,000 engines annually.

For over 20 years Hydrock has delivered award-winning engineering projects across a wide variety of sectors. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business.