Excellence in Engineering

CROFTON CATCH UP NEWSLETTER
EDITION 15 - Q2, 2016 

With the exception of the 2008 recession there have never been more urgent and important times in our industry this century.

External factors outside our control are and will increasingly shape the way we think about our respective firms and will inevitably have an impact on the way we conduct our business now and in the future. 

Brexit, the shortage of skills in our industry, the incredibly fast advances in technology and the hazy legal framework it brings about mean that our business has a lot to consider at a pace that has never been so fast and which will probably never be this slow again… 

In this issue, technology is a big feature. It occupies a central place in our strategic thinking, in the way we continuously train and upskill our employees, the way we enhance the value we deliver to our customers and in the way we collaborate with our partners and suppliers. 

Crofton is evolving, there is no doubt about that; and as we adapt to the times, our focus is on listening to our customers, keeping abreast of a turbulent environment and leveraging technology to contribute to the advancement of the standards in the construction industry. 

We hope you find this issue interesting and as always please send us your comments and suggestions on any aspect of our newsletter to: omarhadjel@crofton-design.com

IN THE PIPELINE


Westminster Cathedral School

Crofton Design has been appointed by Westminster Cathedral Choir School to design the building services for a new building expansion in Francis Street, Victoria, London, SW1.

The scheme involves architect Penwarden Hale’s design to refurbish the entire internal area, removing partitions to create new classroom spaces on the first two storeys, and using the basement as a refectory. Read more >>
Sovereign Court

Crofton Design is undertaking building services design and BIM modelling for St George’s new residential apartment scheme at Sovereign Court, Hammersmith.

The scheme involves constructing 430 flats in total over two phases above an existing public car park which is being retained: the first phase comprises the demolition of half of the pre-existing multi-story car park and construction of 260 apartments and two commercial units.  Read more >>

Abbey Road Studios

Crofton has completed the design, specification and monitoring of the rooftop cooling and heating plant at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in North London which was used by many of the great pop artists of the last 50 years including the Beatles and Rolling Stones. 

The £140,000 project was undertaken on Studio One, the largest of the Abbey Road studios, where the existing chillers and central heating system had outlived their useful life.

Recording equipment is sensitive to vibrations and noise transmitted through the building structure and this needed to be factored in on both the design and installation. 

Associate Director, Ian Marriott, comments: “the chillers sit on anti-vibration mountings set on a steel frame that were designed by our structures team to mitigate the effect of the vibrations.

“The chillers and the central heating boiler which we specified, because of technology advances, are much more energy-efficient than the previous equipment that had been installed in the 1960s.”  Read more>>

Collaboration, The New Competition
 

We are increasingly involved in pitching for work as a team with other consultancies and contractors for public tenders. This is proving to be really successful for us on a number of levels.

It gives us further assurance that we are public-sector fit.

Our investments in our IT infrastructure and our staff training has put us in good stead to comply with the April 2016 BIM Level 2 Government mandate. It provides us opportunities to extend our network of strategic partners, and it enables our engineers to hone their collaboration and soft skills with parties extraneous to the organisation. Additionally, it creates a greater revenue streams to  allow us to invest in R&D initiatives.

The public tendering process is challenging and requires commitment and dedication to the often lengthy and time absorbing process, however this hard work will be worth it in the end.

If you would like us to collaborate with you on a public tender and similarly if you'd like us to keep you in mind for a public tender that we are planning to take part in, please email: omarhadjel@crofton-design.com

We look forward to working with you. 

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO


Our Innovation Journey
 

As a technology-driven era takes hold in the construction industry, a new spirit of innovation and collaboration is shaping Crofton… 

Digital technologies are increasingly occupying a central place in our strategic thinking, in the way we continuously train and upskill our employees, the way we enhance the value we deliver to our customers and in the way we collaborate with our partners and suppliers. 
 
Crofton's judicious and considerable investments in its IT infrastructure, the training of its staff and its R&D capabilities has put it in good stead to meet the pressures required to rapidly align strategies and resources, and to also adapt to fast-changing market needs.   This has led us to develop in tandem with Google a revolutionary software for the construction industry. 
 
Google Project Tango is a hardware and software platform which brings 3D environmental sensing to Android devices. It offers "six degree of freedom" motion tracking, area learning, and depth perception capabilities.
 
The software we have developed addresses area learning and depth perception in order to transfer the scanned spatial coordinates of a given environment from a Tango technology enabled mobile device, into design engineering software, such as REVIT. 
 
We named the software and its delivering app CloudChamber; it will be will be available in Google Play this summer. 

The benefits of this R&D born product are enormous:
  • Instant scanning and transfer into REVIT 
  • Streamlined surveying processes
  • Ability to process more data faster
  • More flexible ways of working 
  • Time saving 
  • Cost saving
  • Added value to client through speed of execution
  • Supports the organisation's aspirations for agility and flexibility 
We have high hopes for the CloudChamber; not only because the pace at which construction firms are embracing cutting-edge digital technologies has never been so fast, but because it paves the way for deeper collaboration with partners within and outside the industry. 
 
Our door will always remain open to like-minded industry peers committed to advancing best practice if they want to join us on our R&D journey. 
 
We look forward to seeing many CloudChamber downloads, in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to learn more about our R&D initiatives. 
 
To purchase a Tango enabled device, visit: http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/tango/

To download the CloudChamber app, visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps

To give us feedback on the app or collaborate with us on R&D initiatives, please contact: omarhadjel@crofton-design.com
Crofton's Mission and Vision

As the company grows and adapts to turbulent environments, we know that many of our peers will relate to the pressures that the increasingly fast pace of change brings about…

We do find it useful to frequently stop and take stock of our mission and vision which we wanted to share with our readers here:

Our brand mantra:
"Excellence in Engineering"

Our mission:
Crofton’s mission is to serve the construction industry by delivering technology-driven and innovative design solutions that are cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and compliant with UK legislation and industry standards.

Our vision:
Our vision for Crofton is a modern collaborative workplace where employees are valued and nurtured.  It is a vision of a customer-centric environment that encourages creativity and innovation, where employees love to design technology-driven and greener building solutions that benefit local communities, and that are admired within and outside the industry.  

Our vision for the industry is a reality where technology-driven and environmentally-friendly techniques and materials are, by default, an integral part of the building services practices around the globe.  Knowledge and best practice are shared cross-boundaries openly and freely, to contribute positively to local by advancing industry standards and achieving cost-effectiveness while reducing the carbon footprint from the operations of the built environment.

If these resonate with you and you would like to collaborate with us on a project or an R&D initiative, email: omarhadjel@crofton-design.com
Quality, Afternoon Tea & Charity
 
As we constantly seek to align our Quality Management System with ISO 9001 standards, the team meets on a regular basis to enhance the way we think about and deliver our services to clients.
 
This involves unpicking the primary and support activities that create value to our clients and discussing ways to improve them.  
 
The ladies in charge of the process in our Kent office certainly know how to engage the team; they organised a working afternoon tea which also helped to support the charity: Action whose mission is to save and change the lives of children affected by serious diseases through medical research.
 
To learn more about the great work this charity does, please visit their website: www.action.org.uk

EVENTS ROUND UP 


Constructing Excellence Awards 2016

We are pleased to have been a finalist in the Integration and Collaborative Working category at the Constructing Excellence Awards 2016.  

The gala dinner and awards ceremony for the London and the South East sector took place on 30 June 2016 in the Nine Kings Suite, at the Lancaster hotel in London.

Crofton was shortlisted for its contribution to the Holborough Lakes School project, in Snodland, Kent. 

Steve Hale says, “We were disappointed not to win but we were up against strong competition including Mott MacDonald, Mouchel Consulting and Turner & Townsend. The winner was Transport for London to whom we extend our warmest congratulations."  

Our award submission was particularly purposeful for Crofton Design because it shows how five competent and successful businesses in their own right, who have efficiently integrated technology, and more specifically BIM and Virtual Reality, can come together to collaborate and co-create an environment that meets and exceeds the client’s brief and expectations. 

If you would like us to collaborate with you on a project, please email: omarhadjel@crofton-design.com

You are cordially invited to...Brighton's sewers

The sewers in Brighton continue to reveal Victorian secrets to visitors who have been attracted to touring them for more than 50 years.

The award-winning Brighton Sewer tours are a popular attraction with visitors from across the world.

Mark Legg, our business development manager is hosting a trip to the sewer, in which we are extending an invitation for you to join him on 31st August.  Mark says: "only a few places left, first come first served!"

To confirm your attendance, email: marklegg@crofton-design.com



Championing Inclusion & Diversity

We are very pleased to have been a finalist for the Inclusion and Diversity Champion of the Year Category at the ACE Consultancy and Engineering Awards 2016.

The award ceremony took place at a gala dinner in the Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Holborn on 24th May, with more than 350 guests from a wide variety of professions within the field.

Doctor Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, chief executive of ACE said: “The evening recognised the people who sit at the heart of our organisations, each and every one playing their part to deliver work of the highest standard.

Our MD Steven Hale, says: "…our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is intended to foster a culture of trust, altruism and respect toward others. It also seeks to enable easy access to opportunities for personal and professional development for all in alignment with Crofton Design’s brand values and corporate goals.” 

“Crofton Design's commitment to diversity and inclusion is demonstrated across the entire lifecycle of the projects they are entrusted to carry out on our behalf. From the initial meeting, through to regular project touch points all the way to the soft landing phase, we are shown, through the numerous inter-actions with their staff, evidence that Crofton's cultural diversity plays a key part in their ability to deliver projects successfully. At Lewes District Council, we are pleased to say that this is aligned to our own values; this inclusive approach to working fosters local community cohesion and we see great benefits being associated with an organisation that is known”  Read more>>


Nurturing and Cultivating Innovation 

It is apparent to everyone in our industry that the skills shortage is painful…

Research* shows that the industry has lost 400,000 of its workforce since 2003 and a further 400,000 will retire in the next 10 years.  

Discouraged by the lack of career prospects, younger generations have moved away from the industry, with only a few entering it as a deliberate career choice. 

At Crofton, an integral part of our corporate strategy entails training and nurturing our employees to realise their full potential, as well as attracting younger talent to our industry because we recognise that this demographic has strong affinities with digital technologies that serve as the precursor to innovation and its adoption.

We have, for many years now, proudly displayed our Investors in People badge of quality that signals to candidates and recruiters that we regard our employees as key assets and invest in earnest in a company culture that fosters curiosity, creativity and innovation. 

We are delighted to have again this year submitted our application to demonstrate to IIP that we are worthy of their quality employer mark.

If you would like to collaborate with us on initiatives to promote building services professions, please get in touch by emailing: omarhadjel@crofton-design.com

*Source: londonchamber.co.uk/research - Skills to Build: LCCI / KPMG Construction Skills Index (London and the South East) 2014. 

STAFF NEWS



Reneth McKenzie-Schoetz
(BEng, MSC, MPhil) 
Senior Mechanical Engineering

Reneth started with us in June; she has a varied exposure to the industry and has worked for contractors as well as consultants.  

Reneth who has worked on a range of projects across all sectors brings a wealth of experience and insights to the needs and requirements of a wide variety of industry stakeholders.

Reneth says: "I chose to work for Crofton Design as I liked the company’s forward thinking and technology-driven and innovative approach they adopt to design engineering."

Jason Sharp
IT Specialist


Jason joins us as a Computer and Information Systems Specialist to look after our IT infrastructure and ensure ts maintenance and timely upgrades. 

Crofton has invested considerable resources in its systems and a dedicated resource was required to ensure it is best leveraged and investments maximised. 

Trained In Programming and IT at Maidstone ITeC, Jason also has experience of IT training & support. 

In his spare time, Jason likes to develop Android apps, sculpt and enjoys things related to art science and technology. He also has a particular interest in ancient eastern culture and is learning Chinese. 

Eu Gin Ng
BEng (Hons), MSc.
Senior Structural Engineer

Eu Gin joined us in June as a Senior Structural Engineer and started working on the Dover Western Docks Regeneration project. 

He previously gained experience in the research and development environment in a large steel company, managing new products development from foundations to roofs and project managing research projects.

Eu Gin who has been working in Yorkshire since the start of his career says his motivations for joining Crofton were to gain more exposure to the commercial dimension of the business as well as seeking a change of scenery and warmer weather. 

In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton and hopes to get back into archery.

Para Arul
BEng (Hons)
Junior Mechanical Design Engineer.
 
Para whose full name is Paranthaman Arumugam is a  Building Services Graduate.  

He  joined our Mechanical Design team to assist with all aspects of delivering superior quality projects to clients.. 
 
He is currently working on Northdown Primary Academy refurbishment heating and domestic services.

Of his appointment, Para says: "I am delighted to have joined Crofton, I am always trying to improve my skills and design engineering techniques and the environment here is very conducive to professional development and best practice sharing."

   
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