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Design for Asset Optimisation

Optimising design to get the most from your asset

It's a striking fact that only 50% of the capital cost invested in an asset ends up as residual asset value*. That highlights the importance of building economically, and maximising functional space.
Achieving this without down-speccing is the challenge. To maintain the quality of build and architectural vision we need to find new and better design solutions.

* Source: Government framework

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Maximise the value of your asset

As architects, we well understand spatial and aesthetic values. But performance requirements can also be vital, and achieving them efficiently with the fewest resources and the least possible time takes real expertise. At Bryden Wood we’re always thinking in more than one discipline, so can find optimisations from all areas of construction. With a track record of achieving superior efficiency within statutory requirements, we can help you maximise the value of your asset.

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Reduced resources. Same integrity and quality.

We maintain design quality, but with massively less resource. Drawing on our offsite heritage we think in a way that rationalises and simplifies, always aiming to reduce material, void space, weight, energy use and the number of components. We'll look at limiting the number of trades and interfaces, or using fewer layers and zones for different services.

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Tested and proven efficiencies

You can have confidence in our optimisations because we go beyond the theory to test them virtually and physically. On the virtual side that includes analytical testing, advanced visualisation, construction sequencing and virtual prototyping with sophisticated software. When physical testing is required we can offer physical prototypes as well as load and blast tests.

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GATWICK AIRPORT: EFFICIENCIES IN THE REPLACEMENT PIER 1 TERMINAL BUILDING

We were able to deliver a building with all the functional and aesthetic value of the architectural vision, but in a much more efficient way. For example -

  • By making the 67 x 142m standing seam roof maintenance-free by removing penetrations.
  • Reducing the concrete volume of the foundations and substructure by 45% and 70% respectively. (Compared to stage E design.)
  • Reducing the length of joints in the ground floor slab from 3,010m to 1,160m.
  • Proposing a post-tensioned slab which reduced build up and the number of columns while achieving greater spans.
  • Reducing the steel needed by 110 tonnes. (Against the works information total.)
  • Rationalising the 21 ventilation systems to 9, which reduced energy consumption considerably while still meeting the required demands.

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ST PETERSBURG: USING LESS TO ACHIEVE MORE ON A LARGE SCALE MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT

Our work on this Russian project yielded considerable efficiencies, not just in materials, but the energy and time costs of the build.

  • 60% reduction in superstructure mass
  • 40% reduction in vehicle movements
  • 42% reduction in cranes
  • 25% reduction in cost and programme

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CIRCLE HEALTH HOSPITAL: DESIGNING IN LOWER RUNNING COSTS

On this complex project we were able to make much better use of the available building volume, whilst incorporating lower energy use in the long term.

  • Total reduction in building volume of 40%.
  • Rationalised and optimised the service strategy and air handling, to reduce the floor to floor heights, internal walls, facades and energy use.

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