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BIM is changing the UK construction industry

Tate Consulting’s Managing Director, Jeff Bearcroft, talks to the CIBSE Journal in a special BIM and Digital Engineering report about how building information modelling (BIM) is changing the UK construction industry. Also, how cloud-based BIM collaborations helped to coordinate the design between all project partners on the Royal Wharf development in East London’s Docklands.

In 2015, Tate’s were appointed by joint-venture development partners Ballymore Group and Singapore-listed Oxley Holdings to provide a full mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design service for Phase 2B of the 161,874m development which will deliver 3,385 residential units and 10,000m of retail and commercial space.

To read the report CLICK HERE

Celebrating Chesterfield’s New Contemporary Basin Square Development

Work on the next phase of Chesterfield Waterside’s £340m regeneration project is expected to get under way as early as the first quarter of 2019.

The news was announced at the recent sell-out Celebrate Chesterfield event and included a detailed update on recent progress achieved by the Chesterfield Waterside regeneration scheme, which is one of the largest in the UK. The presentation included early details of the Phase 1 Basin Square character area proposal, comprising a circa’ 38,000 sqm development, incorporating “build to rent” apartments, Grade ‘A’ Office accommodation, 441 space multi-storey car park, an 84-bed hotel and leisure scheme, together with ground floor retail bars and restaurants.

Tate Consulting were appointed in February this year to provide MEP services for the 310 one and two-bedroom “build to-rent” apartments with ancillary ground floor retail space proposed in the first phase of Basin Square.

Jeff Bearcroft, MD of Tate Consulting, said: “It’s a very exciting project to be part of, especially for the local region, as not only will it provide quality homes for people, it’s already already gaining attention from investors and employers looking to establish new, strategically attractive commercial locations.”

The Chesterfield Waterside development, which is located adjacent to Chesterfield railway station, will be ideal for commuters using the mainline service. It is also a great location for investors and occupiers with excellent connectivity to London, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham.

Heading-up the development, Bolsterstone Group MD Peter Swallow said: “I am delighted with the excellent progress being made at Chesterfield Waterside.

“The next step in this process is that we will also now move forward with the ‘best bids’ process for the construction of the family housing units at ‘The Park’ character area and, subject to reserved matters planning consent being granted, expect work to start on site on this further phase early next year.

“Demand is strong as developers see the massive potential of Chesterfield Waterside as a whole. The development’s prime location next to the town centre, national road networks and the mainline railway station, which will be an HS2 stop by 2034, make it an attractive investment opportunity that is holding its own at a regional, national and international level.”

Engineering Needs You

Tate Consulting calls out for more women to enter the industry and states there is still a shortage of women engineers and as building demands increase there needs to be much more awareness of the options available to women in engineering

Jeff Bearcroft, Managing Director of Tate Consulting, which provides international building services and was ranked fourth Top 20 Engineering Consultants by Construction News, said engineering is not a man’s world anymore despite a remaining stereotype.

“There needs to be more females studying engineering then there is. Women are rising up the ranks in engineering, but not as many as there should be, or the numbers you’d see in a lot of other professions.

“I think this is partly down to a lack of information being made available in the past within schools and colleges where is may still be seen as a male orientated job.

“But it’s not just schools and colleges which need to help demonstrate the varied career choices within engineering, but also parents, who probably see becoming a doctor, teacher, banker etc as a more mainstream professional route for their daughters.

“There is a still a perception for girls who don’t see enough females in engineering roles so they may think those jobs are closed off for them. But if more women opt to study engineering and start coming through, those perceptions will hopefully change.”

Jeff explained that with the Government’s demand for increased housing and also the infrastructure to support this, it means there is a real need for more engineers and not just women.

“At Tate’s we have previously employed women, but frankly there aren’t even enough well qualified male engineers in the UK. Many large companies are having to recruit from other countries, particularly Hong Kong and Spain, where as many females study engineering as males.”

“I would encourage young people who may not be certain what direction they would like their career to take, to look at engineering as there are so many different options and directions which offer exciting opportunities within the UK and internationally.”

Tate Consulting Appointed for Prestigious Liverpool Waterfront Development

Tate Consulting in Leeds has been appointed by Moda Living building services for Liverpool’s new The Lexington Princess Dock development.

The stunning waterfront-living development will include 325 rental apartments and is part of a £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters regeneration plan.

Jeff Bearcroft, Managing Director of Tate Consulting, a building services and engineering company based in Leeds and London, responsible for providing the MEP services (mechanical, electrical and plumping), said: “We’re delighted to be working with Moda Living on such a prestigious development that is part of the major regeneration plans for Liverpool.

“The Lexington will offer beautiful apartments in a highly sought after location, with views over the River Mersey. Liverpool Waters is an important project for the City and one of Europe’s largest redevelopment projects, so we are excited to be part of it.”

The Lexington project is named after the New York-inspired building and forms part of the Peel Group’s Liverpool Waters plans for regenerating the area and overlooks the docks that first kick-started Liverpool’s growth. Tate’s previous work with Moda Living includes 515 rental apartments in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Also, 466 rental apartments in Manchester, Lancashire, which will be completed in January 2019.

Tate Consulting, ranked fourth Top 20 Engineering Consultants by Construction News, provides strategic, flexible, experienced and innovative approach in delivering engineering and management consultancy services for its clients globally.

For more information about the Lexington development: CLICK HERE

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The Benefits of Cloud Based Software


Having built up an impressive portfolio of work over many years, Tate Consulting was selected by joint venture development partners, Ballymore and Oxley for their multi-billion-pound development in Royal Wharf Docks, which aims to build a new town within London. The development includes 3,385 residential units to this prime riverside location and incorporates a high street, side streets, and the occasional mews, taking inspiration from the great estates that emerged in London, throughout its history which gave its reputation as ‘the city of villages’. Districts like Belgravia, Fitzrovia, Mayfair and Bloomsbury have unmistakable characters of their own, and Royal Wharf will now too become a local neighbourhood within a thriving part of the capital.

Tate Consulting were instructed to provide a detailed MEP design service in BIM and worked closely with architects Whittam Cox, structural engineers OCSC and contractor Roundstone in coordinating the design of Phase 2 of the Royal Wharf development to include 958 apartments, 12 town houses, retail and leisure space. All part of the larger development of 3,385 properties on the 40-acre site due to house around 10,000 new residents.  The Royal Wharf development will be almost 45% public open space and includes a riverfront promenade, leisure facilities and retail space.

During Phase 3 of this development, Tate Consulting is working closely with architects Todd, structural engineers OCSC and contractor Roundstone towards a planned completion date of December 2020. Phase 3 of the development includes 960 apartments, office, retail and restaurant space.

Cloud based project management

Integral to Tate’s projects is their use of the cloud based 3D Revit software which involves sharing live building models between architect, structural and MEP engineers which are then coordinated and shared in a single cloud based environment several times per day.

Jeff Bearcroft, Managing Director of Tate Consulting discusses its cloud based BIM design approach and how this has facilitated the design of the Royal Wharf and Quarry Hill projects.

“Cloud based Revit design has changed the whole way of working at Tate as we are now able to design more quickly and coordinate our work with the architects and structural engineers to a much higher level of precision than is the case in a 2D design environment.

“The key benefits are that it allows the whole design team to work more collaboratively and across multiple offices, allowing the design to be coordinated quickly and securely between the MEP, architectural and structural engineering models.

“The cloud based Revit environment makes it easier for us to maintain an overview of all incoming steams of project information and enables us to cut out errors whilst working to very tight project deadlines. Previously we had to use FTP sites and Dropbox to share models, with the risk that design changes were not up to date and information could be lost between various people and their different systems.”


Another ongoing project for 2018 is a new mixed use development at Quarry Hill in Leeds that Tate’s were appointed for by Developers Moda Living to provide MEP and Sustainability services. The project incorporates a variety of uses including 705 high-spec, fully serviced apartments and over 160,000 sq ft of mixed use commercial space that will provide strong connections to the City and Victoria Gate, a shopping and entertainment complex.

Cloud based systems have become a necessity in the industry

Mark Brunette, BIM Manager at Tate’s, whose experience spans 30 years working on multi-million pound projects in South Africa, Australia and the UK, has been working on the Quarry Hill for a year and Royal Wharf for the past two years.

“Using the Revit cloud based system has become integral to our day-to-day work, allowing us to provide seamless coordination during the building design process, from the initial concept right through to completion.

“The Royal Wharf project has involved extensive collaboration between ourselves, the project architects and structural engineers and off-site building pre-fabrication specialists, Hurks, based in the Netherlands. Coordinating designs for architects, structural engineers and building services engineers is a challenge and without regular online collaboration, there can be significant delays in detecting any issues which in turn can result in considerable problems for the contractor further down the line.

“Revit software has allowed us to overcome many problems more quickly, including in the case of the Leisure Centre at Royal Wharf which involved a highly challenging coordinated design of large ventilation ducts associated with the full sized swimming pool and gym which would inevitably have caused major problems with the rest of the development had this not been resolved quickly.

“Cloud-based systems are a necessity for us because the projects we undertake are reliant on us being able to work with many different partners and teams throughout the UK and internationally, without them it would not only hinder our ability to deliver on time and within budget, but also restrict the scope of projects that we could work on at the same time.”

Tate Consulting Complete Work on £110 million Manufacturing Facility

Tate Consulting have just completed work on the £110 million 563,000 sq ft car parts manufacturing facility for Bericote Properties with Spanish manufacturer Gestamp Tallent Ltd as the end user.  The new plant located at Four Ashes Park near Wolverhampton will utilise conventional stamping and the new technique of hot stamping with a new transfer servo press line. The annual turnover of the new plant will eventually top £140 million per year.

Tate Consulting provided Infrastructure Master Planning, M&E, Fire and Energy Engineering consultancy services for the new facility working closely with developers Bericote Properties and the rest of the design team.  Tate design services included: 4MVA high voltage network, 5 sub stations, high level 1000A bus bar, argon pure and mixed pipework distribution system, compressed air and chilled water distribution system, gas distribution, services to underground pits and fire services including specialist high velocity nozzle system, with deluge valves located under the machinery within the conveyor pits to protect the hydraulic oil.

Tate Appointed For New Leeds Residential Development

Developer ModaLiving has appointed Tate Consulting to provide MEP and Sustainability services for a new mixed use development at Quarry Hill, Leeds. The scheme incorporates a variety of uses including 705 high-spec, fully serviced apartments and over 160,000 sq ft of mixed use commercial space.

The Quarry Hill development will provide strong connections to Victoria Gate and the City and is planned to include 5 and 11 storey residential blocks designed for the private rented sector (PRS).

The Leeds PRS development follows on from Tate’s work with ModaLiving on the Angel Gardens PRS development in Manchester for which construction has recently commenced.

Tate Consulting Appointed For Next Phase At Royal Wharf, London

Tate Consulting have been appointed for Phase 3 of Ballymore Group and Oxley’s riverside development in Royal Wharf Docks, London.

Tate Consulting are providing a detailed MEP design service in BIM and are working closely with architects Todd, structural engineers OCSC and contractor Roundstone, in coordinating the design of this phase of the development, which has a planned completion date of December 2020.

Phase 3 of the development includes 960 apartments, office, retail and restaurant space and adds to Tate’s existing work on Phase 2 of the development and which now means the company is working on almost 2,000 apartments on the Royal Wharf development. Overall the Royal Wharf is anticipated to provide 3,300 properties on the 40 acre site and is planned to house around 10,000 new residents.

Tate Consulting appointed for new 543,000 sq ft logistics facility


CAD image of Four Ashes, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Tate Consulting has been appointed by Bericote Properties Limited to provide MEP and sprinkler design services for a new 543,000 sq ft logistics facility and headquarters at Four Ashes, Wolverhampton.

The site is strategically located in the West Midlands, close to J12 of the M6, providing good access to Birmingham and Nottingham. The new facility will comprise a gross internal area of 543,692 sq ft. with expansion land to accommodate up to a further 101,139 sq ft..

Construction of the main works is expected to commence during September 2016 with practical completion anticipated for July 2017.