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2011 News and Updates

Carnegie Leisure Centre Opens - November 2011

RSP are pleased to announce the opening of the Carnegie Leisure Centre for the Fife Leisure Trust, Saturday 26 November 2011. The formal VIP opening ceremony will be on 24th February 2012. RSP were the M&E Consultants on the project which features a number of sustainable technologies. 

A link to Fife Council’s press announcement is provided here.

Sustainable Laboratories Workshop at the University of St Andrews - November 2011

On 9th November, the S-Lab (Safe, Successful, Sustainable Laboratories) initiative of the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) project in association with JISC’s DELTA (Smart Laboratories) and the University of St Andrews hosted a free workshop on the existing Medical Sciences Building and the new Bio-Medical Science Research Complex (BMS Annex), which is on target to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding Rating. This achievement would make the project the first BREEAM Outstanding rated building in Scotland.

Alan Affleck, Project Associate for the new BMS Annex presented the M&E perspective on behalf of RSP. Please click on the link  for a copy of this presentation. (1.2 MB, PDF)

'Courtyard by Marriott' Aberdeen Hotel Project Won - October 2011

RSP have been selected to take forward Building Services Designs for a new Courtyard by Marriott® Aberdeen Hotel at Aberdeen Airport. This is one of their first new style Courtyard hotels in the UK.

Virgin Money Lounges - October 2011

In collaboration with Spacelab Architects, RSP have provided full Building Services Designs for the second in a series of Virgin Money lounges, this time in Norwich. The team has been working together since being appointed for the Virgin Money St Andrew Square Edinburgh HQ project in December 2010.

RSP commenced working on the Virgin Money Manchester Lounge; the third in a series of Lounges for Virgin Money, in collaboration with Spacelab Architects.

Main Library, Edinburgh University, The Association of University Engineers - September 2011

On 8th September, RSP with Lewis & Hickey Architects gave a presentation at the University of Edinburgh on the development of their George Square main Library refurbishment project to The Association of University Engineers. Senior Mechanical and Project Engineer, Neil Scanlon spoke on behalf of RSP, demonstrating how significant reductions in the building’s CO2 emissions and energy consumption were achieved. 

St Andrews University Biomedical Sciences Research Complex on Target for BREEAM Outstanding - September 2011

The Client and Design Team are on target to achieve an Outstanding Target BREEAM rating for the University of St Andrews Biomedical Sciences Research Complex which comprises three floors of CL2 & CL3 laboratories, write-up spaces, offices and meeting rooms. The project is on site and is well on the way to achieving its target. The project will be one of the first University Science Laboratories to achieve such a rating by extensive incorporation of low and zero carbon technologies such as CHP, lighting & lift control systems and solar reflective blinds. The project also utilises ‘Secure by Design’, natural stack ventilation and high efficiency variable speed chillers. In addition, the project has been awarded an A-Rated EPC (Energy Performance Certificate).

Forth Road Crossing (FRC) Education and Control Centre Project Won - September 2011

RSP have been appointed, with Dawn Construction, to take forward Building Services Designs for the new Forth Road Crossing (FRC) building to house their Contact and Education Centre and Traffic Scotland Control Centre.

RSP have been Awarded the RBS Approved Supplier 2011 Kite Mark - June 2011

RSP are proud to announce that we have been awarded the RBS Approved Supplier 2011 Kite Mark. Only six awards were given in 2011 to Property Services companies across the world.

Supporting the Local Community - June 2011

RSP provide ongoing support to a number of local organisations. For example, for four years in a row, we have provided sponsorship to the City of Edinburgh Basketball Club Awards. See photographs below of their male and female players of the year.

Engineers Complete Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training - June 2011

Fife Gault and David Murray have both passed their Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (including HUET and EBS) in order to manage and attend sites offshore.

Data Centre Completion - June 2011

In May 2011, RSP completed a £20m data centre refurbishment for a major financial institution, bringing the project in on time and on budget. In the run up to completion we committed senior members of staff to oversee the system integrated testing and commissioning on site in Manchester.

New London Offices - June 2011

RSP are pleased to announce that we have moved into our new office at 70 Cowcross Street in the heart of London’s Clerkenwell.

This development is a response to some of our clients requiring us to have a presence throughout the UK and specifically London. It is our aim to maintain and improve the high quality of service we provide, to reinforce existing partnerships and to generate new partners. It also marks the next stage in our Business Plan for growth and greater geographical coverage while improving our commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency. We are planning an office in Aberdeen for later in 2011 to complete this network across the country. 

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Feasibility Study of 3MW solar farm - June 2011

RSP were appointed by Ross Developments to carry out a feasibility study of a potential solar farm installation at Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland. 

The study involves quantification of the available area of panels which can be accommodated on the site, analysis of expected outputs, electrical connections to the grid and cost analysis.  The project is featured in the news item linked below:

Future's Bright

Renewable Heat Incentive Information Released - June 2011

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released details of the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).  This will be introduced in July 2011 for non domestic buildings and early 2012 for domestic buildings to coincide with the introduction of the Green Deal for homes.  

The tariffs are paid for a wide variety of heat generating renewable technologies which were installed on or after 15th July 2009.

The eligible technologies, tariffs and the lifetime of the tariffs for non domestic installations are shown in the table below.  Tariffs for the domestic sector have not yet been announced.

Scottish Building Regulations Section 7 - June 2011

The Scottish Building Standards Division has recently released details of the new Section 7 Sustainability for Building Regulations which came into force on 1st May 2011.  This section is applicable to new domestic and non-domestic buildings although at present only the lowest level, bronze, has been defined for non-domestic buildings.

Compliance with Section 7 will result in the award of a sustainability label for the building ranging from Bronze to Platinum.  

As long as a building has complied with all other aspects of Building Regulations Sections 1 - 6 a Bronze certificate will be awarded.  This can be improved upon by compliance with additional measures for silver and gold levels.  

The silver and gold levels have target CO2 emission reduction levels, target space energy use limits and a number of other sustainability factors such as security, water use efficiency, materials and adaptability.

The CO2 and energy requirements for domestic buildings and the CO2 standards for non-domestic buildings are shown below.

Scope remains to add further levels in the future as standards improve.  At present a Platinum level has been identified but only the CO2 emissions have been defined.  Further requirements for this level will be added in the future.

Feed-In Tariff Review - June 2011

As reported in March this year the Government has completed the fast tracked review of the Feed-in Tariffs for solar photovoltaics (PV) and anaerobic digestion.  

A consultation was held in May and it has now been announced that the tariffs will change to the levels in the review from the 1st of August 2011.  This is in response to the large number of proposed PV 'farms' going through planning which would have overwhelmed the scheme.

The tariffs for PV as of the 1st of August are as follows: 
Scale of PV
  Feed-in Tariff (pence/kWh)
 Duration (years)
 >50 - 150 kW
 >150 - 250 kW
 >250 - 500 MW
More information from the Department of Energy and Climate Change can be found here.

The Scottish Parliament Visitors Security Screening Contract Won - May 2011

In May 2011, RSP were a key part of the Lee Boyd Design Team that won the contract for the design of a visitor security screening facility and associated areas at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood. RSP will provide full M&E design as well as the BREEAM (Bespoke) assessment.

Feed-In Tariff Review - March 2011

The proposed changes to the Feed-in Tariff for large solar photovoltaic (PV) installations have now been published following the comprehensive review of the system announced by Chris Huhne on the 7th of February. 

The changes will affect solar PV installations over 50kW and are proposed to come into effect from August 2011.  The current and proposed tariffs are shown in the tables below.


Scale of PV
 Feed-in Tariff (pence/kWh) 
 Duration (years)
 >10 - 100kW  
 >100 - 5MW
 Stand Alone


Scale of PV
 Feed-in Tariff (pence/kWh) 
 Duration (years)
 >50 - 150 kW
 >150 - 250 kW
 >250kW - 5MW
The changes are currently open to consultation until 6th May 2011.  Full details of the proposals can be found on the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website.

New CIBSE Approved Air Conditioning Inspector for RSP - March 2011

RSP are pleased to announce that Fife Gault has recently qualified as an approved CIBSE Air Conditioning Inspector.  

He joins Graham Mitchell on RSP's AC assessor team who can carry out inspections of all air conditioning systems in line with the requirements under the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) now in force.

Virgin Money Headquarters - March 2011

RSP were appointed by Virgin Money in December 2010 to carry out the refurbishment of their new 30,000 sq ft headquarters in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The Grade A Listed building is expected to open to staff in Summer 2011.

Please click here for more details.

Engineers Achieve Certification in Data Centre Design - February 2011

In February 2011, Gary Crosbie, David Murray and Graeme Fraser achieved Data Centre Design Certification. We continue to reinforce our data centre expertise and pursue industry training and qualifications in all our specialist fields.

HVAC Young Engineer Award - February 2011

Dale Murray, one of RSP’s ‘Young Building Services Engineers’, was recently awarded second place in the 2010 HVAC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of his hard work and application.

Dale received the award at the ceremony held at Mansion House, Edinburgh Zoo on 26th January 2011.  Dale is pictured receiving his award accompanied by Partner Robert Dunn.

Awards for Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester - February 2011

RSP carried out the design for the 4 MW steam biomass boiler installation in Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester for the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. 

The project was recently announced as Overall Winner for the Guardian Public Services Awards which was announced in London by Jeremy Vine.  It also won the Guardian Innovation and Progress Sustainability award.

Details of the awards can be found on the following websites:

New Air Conditioning Inspector- February 2011

RSP are pleased to announce that engineer Graham Mitchell has recently qualified as a CIBSE Air Conditioning Inspector.

Graham is now able to carry out inspections of all AC systems in line with the requirements under the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) which are now in force.

RSP Reduce Paper and Toner Usage - January 2011

RSP have succeeded in reducing the number of toner cartridges used by 27% in two years.

Usage fell by 15% from 2008 to 2009 and by a further 14% from 2009 to 2010. The total reduction over the two years represents a decrease of 18 cartridges per annum.

Over the same period RSP reduced their paper consumption by 31%.

Usage decreased by 18% from 2008 to 2009 and by a further 16% from 2009 to 2010. The total reduction represents a saving in paper usage of 105,000 sheets per annum.

RSP have achieved the above savings by increasing staff awareness of unnecessary printing and by changing default settings on PC’s to reduce colour printing

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