Specialisms

Acoustics

Our acoustic engineers work with clients every step of the way, expertly weaving sound acoustic design into the very fabric of a building. This helps secure planning permission, avoids expensive retrofitting, and ensures the creation of quality space.

Air quality

Whether it’s a new housing development requiring point source assessments (including chimney, flue and stack), or changing transportation infrastructure needing traffic assessments, the ability to illustrate any impact on air quality is now a fundamental part of the planning process.

Building Performance Modelling

One of the most powerful design tools we have at our disposal is the ability to model the movement of light, air and energy in and around buildings before the form is set to create buildings that make the most of their environment.

Daylight and sunlight studies

A key requirement of planning will be an over-shadowing analysis – how a proposed development will impact daylight and sunlight on existing adjoining and adjacent buildings. Equally, for the comfort of building users, how can building design be optimised to maximise access to daylight and sunlight whilst minimising the risk of overheating?

Disposability cases

Our experienced nuclear technical consultants support producers of radioactive waste in the successful development of disposability cases for higher activity radioactive wastes where eventual disposal to a UK geological disposal facility is the intended management strategy.

Environmental assessments and sustainability

BREEAM, Passivhaus, WELL, LEED, Home Quality Mark, Green Star… Faced by a myriad of voluntary building standards and codes, as an architect, developer, investor or occupier, we design buildings that deliver a return on investment and help you comply with planning regulations.

Environmental management and assessment

With experience in both radiological and conventional environmental management, our nuclear specialists offer a broad range of technical and practical expertise to enable our clients to meet regulatory and legal requirements across the nuclear lifecycle.

Expert advice and challenge

At the heart of our nuclear management consultancy offering is the provision of expert advice across a wide range of nuclear disciplines – from nuclear safety governance and culture to decommissioning strategy and development of corporate governance arrangements.

Fire engineering

We cut through the complexity to deliver pragmatic advice that helps ensure safety and compliance, while delivering the best possible value. We are delivering fire risk management on new and existing buildings, fire safety strategy development and structural fire engineering design and analysis.

Independent peer review

Our team of highly experienced nuclear consultants deliver both independent and critical reviews of technical and strategic documentation ahead of submission to nuclear regulators, including safety case submissions and best available technique assessments.

Master planning

Planning and master planning caters for the rapidly changing requirements of the public realm, including population size, technology and waste management. Our designers are considering energy, wind, air quality, utilities and waste management to maximise the ultimate sustainability of a site.

MEPH systems design

The real test of successful MEPH design is users and building occupants being totally unaware of their existence. Getting it right is where we come in. We design all the fundamental mechanical and electrical systems that enable a building to be used efficiently and sustainably, delivering comfort, ease of use, safety and asset value.

Nuclear safety case management and development

Our nuclear specialists provide strategic oversight and management support to the delivery of key safety cases for new build operators, as well as preparing and reviewing safety cases for a range of nuclear sector clients.

Nuclear safety governance and regulatory interface support

As former regulators and operators of nuclear licensed sites, our senior personnel have unrivalled knowledge and experience of nuclear site licensing and safety governance processes.

Organisational capability

For prospective nuclear site licensees involved in the development of new nuclear power stations in the UK, we support development of an appropriate and proportionate organisational capability in order to demonstrate compliance with the legal and regulatory requirements.

Post occupancy evaluation

Where soft landings is about the handover/transition process, post occupancy evaluation (POE) is about ensuring the environment – particularly the workplace environment – is meeting its needs. By focussing on the health, wellbeing and comfort of your occupants, workplace productivity is proven to go up.

Radioactive waste management and decommissioning strategy

Our consultants have extensive experience of developing and implementing the procedures and policies necessary to deliver effective radioactive waste management and decommissioning strategies on nuclear licensed sites.

Soft landings and commissioning management

There are two ways to reach your destination. Go it alone, or hire a guide. You have a complicated journey ahead, and when you arrive, the journey still isn’t over.

Utility management

Hydrock offers technical consultancy and project management across a number of utility services. We help clients take advantage of utility services infrastructure as an income opportunity. In conjunction with robust risk management strategies, this makes effective utility management an essential part of any project.

Vertical transportation

Intelligent lift design prioritises journeys. Efficient lift design recognises peak and trough usage, adjusting energy consumption as required. We design bespoke systems that add value to your building.