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July 2020


As the Country starts to emerge from lockdown, fitness and leisure centres will be amongst the last facilities to be reopened to the public.

A combination of the concern on high density of cardiovascular activity and the usual approach of recirculating systems and minimum fresh air utilised in many facilities are likely to be among the influencing factors.

Is there a need to review how leisure centres are serviced and will the usual solution of VRF systems and minimum fresh air be continued?

The new Edinburgh Leisure Meadowbank Sports Centre currently under construction may be another example of the way forward.

The Centre has been designed to predominantly utilise displacement ventilation to serve the fitness suites, multi-purpose rooms, gymnastics, boxing and Dojo facilities.

Displacement ventilation is seen as one of the main positive design solutions available to addressing concerns and issues prompted by COVID-19.

Displacement works by introducing fresh air directly into the occupied space and offsetting (displacing) contaminants in the air to high level to be extracted.

It provides one of the freshest environments available.

The displacement system is able to utilise free cooling for significant portions of the year and helped further by the centres long operating hours.

When mechanical cooling is required, the opportunity to utilise heat pumps to provide cooling and the production of domestic hot water could be considered depending on the centres hot water demand, even more so if it has a swimming pool associated with it.

Many people may have come across displacement in an office environment with diffusers distributing air via a floor plenum. The cooling capacity in that case is severely restricted due to comfort concerns from people sitting at desks and therefore in the speculative office development, the market, over the years, had veered towards VRF type systems.

However displacement has been utilised in industrial facilities for many years to deal with high heat loads, and, in a gym environment where you are looking for as much fresh air and cooling as possible, then the match is evident.

RSP utilised a similar displacement ventilation solution for its 90 station gym and multi-purpose rooms at Fife Councils Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline which opened several years ago and has operated very well, with positive feedback from staff and users alike.

The opportunities to utilise displacement in high and low occupancy environments are numerous and it is likely that the ventilation design solutions for projects will be looking at all air systems more closely from now on.


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We provide our services to many prestigious clients across a wide range of sectors.

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"We found RSP to be professional and very competent engineers. They were easy to work with and the University particularly appreciated their willingness to attend site when any issues arose. I was particularly impressed with their lighting design and think its fair to say they had a sense of style as well as competence. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for a similar project."

Adrian Neville, Head of Estates Planning & Development – Abertay University


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RSP offers a complete design service for public health, mechanical and electrical services ranging from small scale to multi-million-pound complex developments.

Our design philosophy is to provide a flexible and holistic approach to achieve the highest standards of design.  We provide cost-efficient solutions that utilise the latest proven technology and equipment to meet the needs of our clients and the requirements of each project.

Public Health

  • Above Ground Drainage
  • Domestic Water Services

Mechanical

  • Air Conditioning
  • Natural Gas
  • Heating
  • Ventilation
  • Building Regulation Section 6 and Part L Compliance
  • Renewable and LZCT Design

Electrical

  • Electrical Distribution
  • Power Distribution
  • Fire Detection
  • Lighting
  • Security
  • Data
  • Standby Generation

Surveys & Building Services Analysis

  • Energy Statements and Sustainability Reports
  • Condition Surveys
  • Energy Modelling, Auditing and Analysis
  • Resilient and Integrated Design Reviews
  • Thermal Simulation and Temperature Analysis
  • Whole Life Costing
  • Site Inspections
  • Spatial Fit and Detailed Co-ordination
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Feasibility Studies


RSP have the following qualified Environmental Specialists in-house:

  • BREEAM Accredited Professional and Registered Assessors
  • Eco Homes Assessors
  • CIBSE Low Carbon Consultants
  • CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessors
  • CIBSE Air Conditioning Energy Assessors
  • Air Conditioning Inspectors
  • SKA Assessors
  • CIBSE ESOS Assessors

We are experienced in carrying out low and zero carbon technology feasibility studies for clients in new and existing buildings and masterplans. In addition, we have several engineers experienced in dynamic simulation modelling. This is a vital tool which allows RSP to construct a thermal model of a project and experiment with appropriate servicing strategies for it. We have carried out studies for several major clients using this software measuring the impact of improvement strategies on existing buildings, allowing our clients to make informed decisions on the optimal improvement strategy for energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction.  We are members of BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association); the Business Environmental Partnership and the Green Business Network.

Specialists

RSP are leaders in energy efficient design of building services. With over 20 years’ experience in designing low energy, commercially viable solutions; it is our professional responsibility to encourage our clients to take energy reduction and efficiency seriously and we are committed to improving the sustainability of our work.

Our approach has always been to minimise energy use and therefore the requirement for services in buildings. We do this through good design practice and early interaction with architects and other design team members. We have developed, and strive to maintain, a broad knowledge of the latest developments in low energy design and equipment. This enables us and our clients to construct appropriate solutions to the challenges facing our environment.


RSP can provide a fully co-ordinated design service for utility infrastructure projects ranging from small scale to multi-million-pound developments.

Our experienced team aim to deliver a tailored but flexible approach to ensure the optimal strategy is achieved for the development.

RSP Consulting Engineers LLP are now WIRS (Water Industry Regulation Scheme) Accredited Designers.

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Our Scope
The scope of services can include:

  • Master Planning
  • Load Assessments
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Utility Provider Quote Management
  • Site Inspections
  • 11kV and 33kV Power Distribution
  • District Heating
  • Medium and Low-Pressure Gas
  • Telephony
  • Mains Water Distribution
  • Street Lighting Design
  • Energy Statements and Sustainability Reports


With our inhouse specialist teams, RSP can offer a total engineering solutions service to property and facilities managers of buildings and service installations, adding value to our projects from inception to completion.

The need to extend the influence on building services design and construction into the occupation phase has never been more important, modern buildings and their energy performance monitoring is increasingly a requirement of our clients.

We apply practical technical knowledge to support property managers in the role of managing and delivering effective facilities, through technical asset management and building compliance.

Our experienced team offers total flexibility, recognising that every building requires a service tailored to suit its precise needs.

We aim to deliver a service to ensure our clients continuously receive value for money while gaining a compliant and quality technical service.

A\C Design & Inspection

  • A\C Assessor inspections
  • Data Centres & Communication Rooms
  • Independence design reviews
  • Installation monitoring
  • Specialist A\C design

Surveys

  • Compliance survey
  • Energy audits
  • Fit-for-purpose analysis
  • Pre-acquisition and condition surveys
  • Schedules of dilapidations
  • Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) Schedules
  • Life Cycle Costing

Building Services Analysis

  • Energy Statements and Sustainability Reports
  • Energy Auditing and Analysis
  • Resilient and Integrated Design Reviews
  • Thermal Simulation and Temperature Analysis
  • Whole Life Costing


RSP provide the following qualified services:

  • 2D General Arrangements and Co-ordination
  • 3D Modelling
  • Multi-discipline Co-ordination
  • Clash Detection
  • Visual System Walk Through


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Contact


Edinburgh

Rosewell House
2A Harvest Drive
Newbridge
Edinburgh
EH28 8QJ
0131 333 8000

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Glasgow

Mariner House
Watermark
Business Park
355 Govan Road
G51 2SE
0141 419 9522

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London

70 Cowcross Street
Clerkenwell
London
EC1M 6EJ
0203 551 7399

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Aberdeen

Regent House
Suite 8
36 Regent Quay
Aberdeen
AB11 5BE

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If you wish to discuss a potential project or would like some further information about RSP we would love to hear from you. Please use the form below or call us on 0131 333 8000.


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About


RSP Consulting Engineers LLP was established in 1987 as a private independent partnership providing building services designs to the construction industry and has developed into one of the foremost design engineering consultancies with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London.

The practice grew organically during the 1990’s establishing its reputation for good quality and reliable design solutions and by the late 1990’s the practice had grown to circa 25 staff with a large proportion of the staff having been retained since 1987.

To meet growth rates and project demands, we opened an office in Glasgow to service the projects won in the West of Scotland and have grown further with offices in London & Aberdeen.

The company moved in to its current headquarters at Newbridge in 2010 and has grown with staff levels now sitting at 60+, which we believe makes us one of the largest privately owned Consulting Engineers in Scotland.


As practitioners in sustainable and low energy design.

It is our responsibility to provide our clients with technical advice to minimise the effect on the world’s resources; to create buildings that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

Our goal is to drive down energy consumption and carbon emissions in every one of the projects with which we are involved.


RSP are a proactive design practice that endeavours to provide a design solution that is both economical and environmentally sustainable.

The practice believes in retaining our existing knowledgeable and long serving staff some of whom have been with us for over 25 years. This provides synergy between clients and the design engineers. We have built long standing relationships with our clients that have developed through the understanding of their needs and aspirations.


All our offices are equipped with the latest software and equipment to provide the outputs our clients require.

We use the latest dynamic modelling software to carry out simple heat gains and losses to full analysis of buildings and energy usage as well as industry standard software for mechanical and electrical calculations and specifications.

The latest versions of AutoCad and Revit are used to produce fully detailed and co-ordinated drawings and services layouts and the use of walkthrough software packages such Navisworks is also utilised.

The company is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 accredited and is fully implemented across all our offices.


Our practice is one of the largest in Scotland and we can rely on an experienced pool of staff to resource any size of project.

We believe in an open door policy and encourage the staff to engage in the continual improvement of the companies values whilst also maintaining an environment that encourages the staff to grow within the practice. This can be demonstrated with the high retention of staff and the promotion from within the practice, with many of the management team being with the company from apprenticeship.

All staff within the practice, including the partners and senior management, believe in maintaining a close personal involvement in all projects to ensure a reliable, high quality and consistent service and we believe that this works as 70-75% of our projects come from repeat business.


We are delighted to announce some recent awards we have won with our clients.

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Loanhead Centre won Community Development Project of the Year.
Client: Midlothian Council

http://kdmedia.co.uk/propertyawards/winners/winners-2018/

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Itison Glasgow won the BCO Regional award for Best Fit out.
Client: Itison

Standard Life Aberdeen won Best Corporate Workspace.
Client: Standard Life Aberdeen

Regional Winner for Innovation went to Edrington, 100 Queen Street, Glasgow.
Client: The Edrington Group

Highly Commended Fit-Out project also went to Edrington, 100 Queen Street, Glasgow.

http://www.bco.org.uk/Awards/Winners/2018/Award-Winners-2018.aspx


We are proud to be a part of the following professional bodies.

ISO 9001 accredited since 1994. ISO 14001 accreditation in 2004 with the Transition to ISO 9001:2015. In 2008 obtained third party accreditation for BS 18001 Health & Safety

We have inhouse specialists for: BREEAM Assessment, Ska Retail Assessment, Low Carbon Consultants and ESOS Assessors, ISBEM/ IES Energy Modelling and WIRS.

As a company we are members of BSRIA and Constructionline

We were also one of the first to obtain the Government developed Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation, the industry standard for cyber security.

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RSP work across the major industry sectors providing mechanical, electrical and environmental engineering solutions to complex building projects.

As practitioners in sustainable and low energy design, it is our responsibility to provide our clients with technical advice to minimise the effect on the world’s resources; to create buildings that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

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Mechanical & Electrical

RSP offers a complete design service for public health, mechanical and electrical services ranging from small scale to multi-million-pound complex developments.

Infrastructure

RSP can provide a fully co-ordinated design service for utility infrastructure projects ranging from small scale to multi-million-pound developments.

BIM & CAD Services

2D General Arrangements and Co-ordination, 3D Modelling, Multi-discipline Co-ordination, Clash Detection and Visual System Walk Through.

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Environmental

We are experienced in carrying out low and zero carbon technology feasibility studies for clients in new and existing buildings and masterplans. In addition, we have several engineers experienced in dynamic simulation modelling

Engineering Solutions

With our inhouse specialist teams, RSP can offer a total engineering solutions service to property and facilities managers of buildings and service installations, adding value to our projects from inception to completion.

"We found RSP to be professional and very competent engineers. They were easy to work with and the University particularly appreciated their willingness to attend site when any issues arose. I was particularly impressed with their lighting design and think its fair to say they had a sense of style as well as competence. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for a similar project."

Adrian Neville, Head of Estates Planning & Development – Abertay University


We provide our services to a wide range of clients which extends across the full spectrum of sectors within the construction industry.


We provide our services to many prestigious clients across a wide range of sectors.

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RSP’s diverse range of clients and projects has led to them being required to work throughout the UK and beyond.

To allow the flexibility required to meet our clients’ needs we have offices situated across the country which allows us to be able to attend to meetings or visit sites at short notice.

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