Excellence in Engineering


Q1 - 2016

Crofton at MIPIM 2016, Cannes, Stand C15

Dear Reader, 

Welcome to this 14th issue of Crofton Catch Up, the newsletter from the team at Crofton Design.

2016 started full throttle for us, working on some exciting projects and being involved in some high profile/high value new developments including: King's Cross R6, Universal Music studios and Ebbsfleet Football Club facilities.

And just because we like to get involved, we also have preparations for MIPIM 2016, Cannes on the go. We are putting up a great stand at this year's exhibition which promises to be an even better show, with an increasing number of industry leaders getting together; we hope you'll be there and visit us at the London stand C15.

As always if you have a project that you'd like expert advice on or assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team on:


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in the pipeline

what we've been up to...

MIPIM 2016

This year is particularly exciting for us because we have reserved one of the larger stands, located immediately on the right hand side as you enter the London pavilion.

We have invested considerable resources to produce a memorable stand and hope to impress with our fresh design and interactive section. If you are at the show you can also enter our prize draw for: A Virtual Reality Oculus Rift headset worth £450.

We look forward to seeing you at MIPIM; to make an appointment with our team there, please go to: www.crofton-design.com/mipim2016

Crofton stand C15

Restoration project at Eastgate House

Historic Eastgate House, located in the centre of Rochester High Street and featured in the novels of Charles Dickens, is being extensively upgraded with Crofton Design providing all the building services design.

Crofton Associate Mark Harris, who is based in its Kent office, said: “This is a very challenging but interesting project for us as the whole building inside and out, which was built in the late 1500's, is listed.

This means, for example, that services cannot be routed in the most logical way and we have to use existing openings and fixing points to prevent further damage to the historic fabric of the building. Where wiring is exposed, MICC copper clad cabling will be used as it burnishes well and blends into the historic surroundings,” adds Harris.

Crofton is providing the design for the new electrical wiring, public health above ground and new domestic services including hot and cold water, new heating and lighting and fire alarm systems.

The client is Medway Council who with the Heritage Lottery Fund are financing the £2m project and Crofton is working with Buxton Building Contractors, the new contractors on the project.


Eastgate House, Rochester

Nice touch: Buxton leave a Buxton Bear after completion of every school project

Do you MIB? 

All our engineers at Crofton integrate BIM into everything they think and do; and our clients already see huge benefits with this approach.

We are now developing variations of our value proposition to highlight our ability to leverage technologies; one of those variations is: MIB [We] "Model Information Better" which is a reverse acronym for BIM.

We know BIM means different things to different people in our industry and we want to hear from engineers and building services professionals what it means to them. So this month we are asking: what does BIM mean to you?

Join the debate, email your interpretation of BIM to:Omar Hadjel or post your comments on our LinkedIn page.

Ebbsfleet Football Club Redevelopment

Crofton Design has been commissioned to undertake the design of the mechanical and electrical engineering services for the upgrade of Ebbsfleet United Football Club, located on Stonebridge Road in Ebbslfeet.

The £4.5M project involves Crofton designing the M&E services for the new main stand and the main building in the first of four phases. The main building includes a sponsors’ lounge, restaurant, chairman and directors’ offices, reception, supporters’ shop, media room, community room and team changing facilities.

The services designed by Crofton include new air-conditioning, ventilation, lighting, boiler plant, heating, power supply, IT and fire alarms. Crofton is working with project manager and quantity surveyor Faithorn Farrell Timms and contractor TSP.

Future phases will include redevelopment of the other stands at the ground. Architects for the striking red stand and main building in the first phase are Alexander Sedgley.


Ebbsfleet FC

Moor House School & College

Crofton Design has been commissioned to undertake the design of the mechanical and electrical engineering services for three residential houses at Moor House School & College in Oxted, Surrey.

Working with Colman Architects, Crofton is designing the M&E services and public health services for the new buildings as well as undertaking enabling works in the demolition of existing buildings and the diversion of services.


Moor House School

Newhaven Growth Quarter

Crofton Design is completing a comprehensive M&E design contract on the £2.5m Newhaven Growth Quarter scheme at Denton Island as part of the wider regeneration of the East Sussex coastal maritime town.

Newhaven Growth Quarter is being developed as a long-term initiative to create and sustain jobs and act as a catalyst for the growing clean technologies sector.

Crofton has designed the M&E services on the following buildings

- Extension of the Enterprise Centre: a 769m2 annex to support new and emerging businesses within the ‘clean, green and marine’ engineering and technology sectors
- Extension of the Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) Nursery: a 174m2 expansion to provide 16 additional childcare places
- Training rooms: two rooms for the delivery of additional self-employment training courses by SCDA
- Quarter Café: refurbishment and reconfiguration of Sussex Downs College’s existing catering facilities to create a communal network, meeting and break-out space for users of these facilities

Reporting to contractor Morgan Sindall, and working with Mackellar Schwerdt Architects, Crofton has designed the M&E and public health services, liaised with Building Control at Lewes District Council to achieve Part L compliance and been actively involved in end-user stakeholder workshops.


Newhaven Growth Quarter

Events round-up

Constructing Excellence Kent

Constructing Excellence Kent Club

Together with our friends and partners at Baxalls, HMY and Campbell Reith, we delivered a great presentation at the Kent Constructing Excellence Club (CE Club) last December.

The event was attended by around 80 Kent construction professionals keen to share best practice and improve industry performance.

Led by Malcolm Clarke , Baxalls main contractors and together with Bryn Warlow, Hazle McCormack Young architects and Adam Poulton, Campbell Reith structural engineers we took stock of our experience working on the Kent Holborough Lakes School project. We gave an account of our collaborative approach and shared with the audience warts and all as well as the lessons we learned along the way to the successful delivery of the project.

We invite our friends and partners across the industry to get in touch if they'd like to know more about the project or know more about the CE Club.

For a copy of the presentation email: marklegg@crofton-design.com.

Crofton Breakfast on the Beach at MIPIM in March 2016

Breakfast on the Beach at MIPIM 2016

For the 3rd year, Crofton will host its Breakfast on the Beach at MIPIM. This year our keynote speaker is Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation and his speech promises to be insightful. The breakfast reels in a high calibre of guest and we very much look forward to hosting the event which this year will again be supported by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and co-hosted by its Chief Executive, Colin Stanbridge.

Please note this event is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please email: Omar Hadjel before 3rd March 2016.

Crofton's post-MIPIM breakfast in April 2016

Post-mipim breakfast

What next? That's the question many of our clients and partners participating at MIPIM ask after the event. MIPIM always reveals interesting insights into the Property & Construction sector and to unpick the mountain of information that bounces around and equally importantly to distinguish between what is noise and what is of value, we host a post-MIPIM breakfast in April. The event is also held to keep the momentum going post-MIPIM, resume the conversations with clients, existing and future as well as partners and keep abreast of the latest developments in our industry.

Hosted by Crofton Design's Director - Steven Hale, the post-MIPIM breakfast will be held in London.

Our keynote speaker this year is Paul Finch - programme director of the World Architecture Festival and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects' Journal.

Paul will help us make sense of the information everyone shared at MIPIM and give us his interpretation of how industry trends and sentiment might impact how we think and conduct business now and in the future.

Please note this event is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please email: Omar Hadjel before 22 March 2016.

Yes Oui Cannes!

Yes Oui Cannes

We are delighted to have sponsored the 7th annual MIPIM "Yes Oui Cannes" reception this year; hosted and organised by Derry Long of MBS Survey Software Ltd in association with Formby Surveys.

The event was held in London on 24 February 2016 at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT.

The turn out was great and the friendly and relaxed environment brought fellow property professionals together before the major event in Cannes.

Roll on MIPIM 2016! 



Engineering Enigma

A warm welcome to Siobhan Harding - Senior Electrical Design Engineer

Siobhan Harding has been appointed Senior Electrical Design Engineer. A qualified HNC & 1st Class BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering Siobhan has worked in the building and construction industry for over 10 years.

She previously worked at Building Consultancy Banyards Consultants where she was a Senior Electrical Engineer in charge of electrical design, project management, monitoring costs against fees, preparing fee proposals, identifying extra duties and meeting clients.

She brings to Crofton a wealth of experience in most aspects of electrical design including lighting and controls, LV power and fire alarms.

On joining Crofton, Siobhan says: "I look forward to becoming part of the team working in the Hadlow office. I am hoping to develop my Revit and BIM skills, working on some larger projects with your well established teams and put to good use the experiences I have gained over my career."

Stuart Wellard Eng Tech, MIET - Senior Electrical Engineer

We are delighted that Stuart has joined our Kent team. Stuart has over 17 years' experience in the industry and is currently leading on the electrical design of some of our key projects including the redevelopment of Ebbsfleet United Football Stadium, the upgrade and refurbishment of facilities at Tunbridge Wells Sport Centre, the refurbishment of the Clubhouse and a new 30 bed hotel at Boughton Golf Club, the refurbishment of Grade II listed Goodnestone Park House, as well as various education premises.

Philip Woodward - Undergraduate Structural Engineer

Philip is our Undergraduate Structural Engineer based in Kent on a 12 month placement from Nottingham Trent University and joined Crofton in August. Since then he has worked on some of our key projects including the refurbishment of Boughton Golf Club and new hotel, and also the new Foxwood and Highview School for Kent County Council.

Rhys Adams - Intermediate Mechanical Engineer

Rhys joined our permanent team in the Kent office. Rhys has 7 years' experience and will shortly complete his BSc (Hons) degree in Building Services Engineering, which he has undertaken through day release. Since joining us, Rhys has been part of the design team working on the refurbishment of the clubhouse and a new 30 bed hotel at Boughton Golf Club in Kent. He has also worked on the detailed design of a new build primary school that we are undertaking for Kent County Council.

Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire

Where do you source 17-ton blocks of granite ...

to pave the floor of a building to house a Resonant Inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) spectrometer?

The challenge was to source blocks of granite greater than 5m in length that can be joined together to create a level floor, aligned and polished to a tolerance of 50 microns over the entire floor area. Microplan did it!

Microplan are specialist supplier of granite and ceramic materials for the metrology industry and in particular for precision scientific instruments. Located in the Limousin region of France they source the granite for large elements from Brittany, France and use the Blue Lanhelin granite because of the difficulty in obtaining big blocks of Black African raw material used for the smaller precision instruments.

The granite floor consists of two 17.0 tonne panels of granite, with maximum dimensions of 3.627 metres by 6.486 metres by 0.385 metres thick and are to be glued and jointed to form a larger slab.

It is planned that Microplan will return after the building is complete to perform precision alignment of the granite floor (they will make the floor flat to within 50 microns over its entire surface).

Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron facility. Located in South Oxfordshire, it generates beams of light, from infra-red to x-rays, which are used in a wide range of applications, from structural biology, through fundamental physics and chemistry, to cultural heritage research for the benefit of the UK and the world.

Crofton was appointed to the Design Consultancy framework in 2008 as the Lead Consultant for a joint, architectural, structural and MEP design team, with responsibility for assisting the client with the development of the synchrotron and associated facilities.


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