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““Building good relationships and trust with existing and new clients is crucial to our success. I am passionate about understanding a client’s brief and following that through with exceptional designs, especially when that means we can showcase our innovative solutions that contribute to a building’s sustainability”.”
Barry McAvoy is a Director within the Building Services Group of Ramboll in the UK. He joined the company as a Senior Engineer in 2007, and became a Director in 2015.
Barry is a Chartered Engineer and has worked in the industry for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in the design and specification of electrical systems for a variety of local and international projects; overseeing team management on a variety of multi-sector projects, and multi-discipline engineering staff.
He is a pragmatic and resourceful professional, who takes responsibility for the leadership and good management of fellow colleagues by leading by example to achieve success.
Barry has excellent practical knowledge of Building Services Engineering with particular expertise in spatial coordination of all design aspects, electrical technology and lighting design. With energy issues becoming an ever more global concern, Barry is conscious of how good engineering design can be fully utilised to reduce carbon emissions and promote energy efficient buildings.
Barry knows the importance of maintaining excellent relationships with clients and understanding their key drivers for stakeholder expectations and benefit realisation. Since joining Ramboll, Barry has worked on numerous high profile projects in all sectors from residential, commercial, retail, education, heritage, sports, healthcare and aviation.
Recently he has been based in the Middle East, to bolster our operations and growth in the region with business development for the global hotel market sector.
BP North Sea Operations headquarters
Sometimes it pays to look twice at received ideas about what works and what doesn’t. By questioning some basic assumptions, we were able to provide cost-saving innovations on this HQ development in Aberdeen.
Three buildings are connected by an internal fully-glazed triple-height ‘street’. Comprising a total of seven wings, the buildings project out on either side of the street, so the overall structure is roughly star shaped on plan. Each three-storey building is steel framed and is clad in glazing and rendered panels. Two atria book-end the development, and a long span stair provides a visual focal point.
Precast concrete hollow-core floor panels are used throughout. Following detailed analysis of the interaction between the steel frame and concrete elements, we wer ...
Uppingham School sports centre sustainability services
The first phase of campus redevelopment at Uppingham School in Rutland included the construction of a new two-storey sports centre. The 4,690 sq m facility provides a 25m pool, sports hall, dance studio, gym and associated amenities as well as a reception, catering kitchen and hospitality suites. Uppingham School's chief concern was to have a high-quality facility that incorporated sustainable features and reduced energy consumption.
Ramboll's sustainability consultants analysed the full development plan as part of a feasibility study to determine the overall energy strategy for the new campus. With district heating confirmed as a viable option, we set out the specification requirements for the tender of M&E services provision for the centre. Situated in the plant room, a combi ...
New School, Harringay
The New School in London's Haringey is the first new school to be built in the borough since the 1960s. It provides teaching accommodation and facilities for more than 1,000 pupils. Included in the scheme are 60 new classrooms, a sports hall, an assembly space, a cafeteria and kitchen, and science laboratories. The building is designed to be an exemplar sustainable school and to achieve a BREEAM 'excellent' rating.
The location of the site adjacent to a main railway line led to the need for mechanical ventilation throughout the building. In addition, the high level of IT installations has meant the installation of cooling to most of the classrooms.
The design of the school incorporates a number of low-carbon and sustainability features. These include the provision of ...
Brookwood Farm and Coresbrook Way
Despite its conventional appearance, this 12-dwelling residential development is an innovation for Britain. It achieves Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 compliance, one of the first such traditional housing projects to do so. We worked with the architect-developer to facilitate this achievement within the constraints of a low-key aesthetic that was central to gaining planning consent.
The development consists of 10 semi-detached and two detached houses, all of which are two storeys plus usable loft space. To help meet the Code's requirement for net zero energy use for heating, we focused on the creation of a highly insulated, air tight building fabric. The buildings are constructed from Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) — prefabricated blocks comprising a 100mm concrete core s ...