SVM Consulting Engineers
SVM Consulting Engineers
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Energy, Sustainability & Environmental Design


Energy sits at the very centre of our consultancy – literally. It is our desire to include an appropriate, balanced and effective energy strategy at the earliest possible stage of a project, ensuring all the other professional consultants in the team can influence their own design elements to best effect for the client.

For our clients that require holistic, intelligent and elegant solutions we pride ourselves on providing high quality design and consultancy advice to help them achieve their aspirations.

To truly optimise the benefits of integrated design we feel a collaborative approach to any project is key. Through our early engagement with the team we can explore opportunities and create efficient spaces that people enjoy spending time in.

Our energy studio is founded upon two guiding philosophies:

Design Philosophy: we create exceptional environments from refined combinations of intelligent active and passive measures, that are efficient, have outstanding performance and provide well-being and delight.

Consulting Philosophy: we provide expert, objective and independent advice on the basis of the highest professional standards in order to seek the best-optimised solutions for our clients.


Environmental Design & Analysis 

The quest for comfort has always been part science and part art. Good environmental design principles are at the heart of this quest.


  • Daylighting
  • Feasibility studies
  • Thermal comfort analysis
  • Performance optimisation
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Dynamic simulation modelling

Our team of trained engineers have a deep understanding of the interaction between the passive and active elements of building design and how to minimise energy demand in the process.

We believe that each project is unique.

Our approach is to enhance the thermal, daylighting and ventilation requirements to achieve the desired performance.  Working from first principles, we test, challenge, interrogate and develop solutions whilst embedding good engineering principles.

Using licensed computer software packages and our professional knowledge database, we use appropriate support tools to optimise building performance throughout all stages of the design and construction process.

We perform feasibility studies and provide key advice to our clients especially during the critical evolution of design.

Energy Strategy & Master Planning

An energy strategy that matches energy demand with low carbon energy sources improves the sustainable credentials of any project.



  • Carbon studies
  • Energy profiling
  • Planning support
  • Energy strategy reports
  • Auditing and surveying
  • Energy management consultancy

Our team are well-versed in the development of energy strategies to meet national and local requirements. We understand the process and have developed in-house tools as decision / design support, whilst formulating cost effective and compliant energy strategies.

We provide planning application support and produce energy strategy reports. We have significant experience in developing energy strategies in line with the Greater London Authority.

Working alongside our in-house services facilities management department, we are able to provide energy management consultancy and advice to Clients on reducing their annual operational energy consumption.

Certification & Compliance

Our team understand the impact of sustainable certification and compliance requirements on building services design.


  • Statutory registrations
  • Energy performance certificates (EPC)
  • Part L compliance analysis and advice
  • Carbon and energy compliance advice
  • Certification advice (BREEAM, SKA, LEED)

Our team provide key advice on building services engineering elements that have a great influence on certification. Whether BREEAM, LEED or SKA ratings are adopted, we are able to provide strategic advice that are most suitable for our projects. Based upon our experience and working with our strategic partners we are able to provide Environmental Certification services.

We can provide strategic advice on various market-based mechanisms such as Climate Change Levy, Carbon Reduction Commitment, Green deal, Renewable Heat Initiatives etc.

We can also produce As Built Energy Performance Certificates for Non-Domestic Buildings (up to  Level 5). Our team consists of engineers registered with the CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant – Energy Assessor Scheme.

R&D and Innovation

Today's resource-constrained world presents us all with the opportunity of finding new ways to solve familiar challenges with a sustainability focus.



  • Training
  • Bespoke research
  • Academic collaboration
  • Climate adaptive studies
  • Product and services development

We believe in creating a working environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation. The new challenges facing the built environment requires new ways of thinking and integrating this into the construction industry.

With our experience and use of advanced virtual simulation and engineering techniques, we are able to provide a range of sustainable design and analytical studies to suit our client’s requirements.

Sustainability is fast evolving and touches upon many facets of the built environment. To remain at the forefront of this offering, professional career development is key to our engineering design studio. We provide training and development opportunities and actively engage with professional institutions to shape the sustainability agenda of tomorrow.

Recent Projects


Battersea Exchange is a mixed use development comprising of a school, commercial and 290 apartments of various tenures. We developed an energy strategy in line with the Mayor of London’s Energy hierarchy favouring the use of a low carbon district energy network. We have gained key working knowledge in developing the district heating system with a potential energy service company (third party), and have been involved in technical discussions on behalf of Taylor Wimpey to explore the opportunity of connecting the site to a future district heating network.

We have designed the main energy centre including the main lateral and vertical distribution and heat interface units throughout the scheme. As the scheme is in two phases, provisions have been made for the future extension of the heating system and connection to the main district heating network.

Our engineered approach to the energy strategy has reduced the energy centre plant space requirements and improved the economic viability of the project through reduced plant and utility capital costs.




This mixed-use development incorporates the London College of Contemporary Music with 41 luxurious private apartments. The college resides in the lower five levels of this new 14-storey landmark building, with the residential floors encased in distinctive vertical ‘spines’ above.

We are undertaking design duties for the mechanical and electrical engineering services, including public health and lifts. Our designs started with a ground-breaking and comprehensive energy strategy for the development; one of the first to meet the GLA target for a 40% reduction in CO² emissions.

The scheme includes a number of sustainable features including on-site carbon reduction initiatives through local CHP plant, enhanced U-values and high efficiency plant. Vertical solar shading fins wrap the upper facade, designed to reduce cooling energy consumption, whilst air-source heat pumps provide comfort cooling where applicable.  




Our mechanical scheme included high-efficiency, central chillers to provide air conditioning to each apartment. We located the central heating plant and buffer vessels in the basement to optimise the amount of space dedicated to the property’s residences. A new substation and low voltage distribution played a pivotal role in our power supplies.

We included CHP generators that were designed to be able to link up to a future District Heating Network. On the roof we added a PV array of 1,185 ft², and LED lighting has been specified throughout. In concert, these measures have achieved a 40% carbon reduction level, with the apartments reaching Sustainable Homes Code 4, and the commercial space BREEAM ‘very good’.  




Battersea Exchange is a mixed-use development sitting within the wider Nine Elms regeneration. The site comprises residential and commercial space as well as new, two-form entry primary school.

There is currently an operational school on this site, which will be rebuilt in phases to ensure continuity for the pupils. The new 2,200 m² school is arranged over two floors with playgrounds at roof level and a further 800 m2 of grounds and sports fields.

We were appointed to undertake preliminary environmental and temperature prediction studies, followed by dynamic simulation modelling to optimise the passive ventilation and natural daylighting benefits conducive to a pleasant learning environment. Our subsequent MEP and lift services designs also include a unique ‘energy wall’ which enables the children and teachers to control the lighting. This wall also indicates the school’s energy usage and savings in a series of child-friendly graphics, using data obtained directly from the school’s control systems.

These design measures, in concert with the provisions we have made for connecting to a low carbon district heating network in the future, have earned the school a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.  




The Phase 4a site is a key phase of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, comprising of 386 affordable housing units, a number of commercial incubator units, and a new NHS health centre. Liaison with third party ESCo has been critical in the design evolution of the district heating system.

We have mapped out a number of strategic and detailed workshops and technical reviews to integrate the requirements of the ESCo into the base project design and these have been facilitated by the development managers.

We have had active engagement with the Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) through technical workshops to develop the district heating system both in terms of design and procurement. Option appraisals are being carried out whereby the ESCo is a subcontractor to the main contractor for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the heating system from the main primary heat exchangers through to the tenant heat interface units.

Having early engagement with the ESCo has allowed key strategic design decisions to be incorporated into the scheme at an early stage. This has maximised the opportunities for the client through reduced plant areas and maximising commercial space. This has also benefited the client through reduced costs compared to alternative energy strategy solutions to achieve the necessary carbon reduction targets.

Working with BPSDC and other stakeholders within the Battersea Nine Elms Area, the consortium are developing the Battersea West Heat Network with the intention of serving other development sites in the Battersea area. 



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Tel: 01442 869369

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