Consulting Services

Energy Management

Due to our knowledge of building services systems with Chartered CIBSE Engineers, we can survey assets, large and small and provide key information of how your building or asset can save money in energy bills but also review the Building Fabric in terms of heat losses. We can also provide information on the return on Investments from the incorporation of low carbon technology. But we don’t stop there! We can then help design and manage any implementation of our recommendations from concept to completion.

Design & Project Management

Our core service is managing large multi-discipline design teams, combining engineering expertise and experience in Building Services design with project management tools following PRINCE 2 and APM best Practice.

Asset Management / Surveys

We have the ability and experience to assess the condition of assets such as mechanical and electrical plant and systems within small or large buildings, be they offices or train stations. We can assist in the technical Due Diligence for the acquisition or sale of assets and input into key asset reports.

Renewable/Low carbon technology

We can assist in the feasibility studies, design and implementation of low carbon technology from ground source heat pumps, wind turbines, solar PV and Combined Heat and Power, creating studies to support BREEAM deliverables or simply to assist a low carbon development. 

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Q Sustain managed the design, procurement, contract and implementation of the first CHP plant to be installed in a main train station. This allowed the huge expansion of the city district heating network. Q Sustain and Network Rail received recognition and awards for pursuing a very challenging scheme with the engine mounted on the roof of the station.  

BREEAM Methodology

Q Sustain have BREEAM Accredited Professionals and the first BRE Accredited Site Sustainability Manager. Both credentials can acquire additional BREEAM credits to most registered schemes.  We have delivered the first BREEAM Excellent trackside building on the railway and the first BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rated station. We have expertise of delivering BREEAM credits in the most complicated projects such as Birmingham New Street Station.

Site Sustainability/Environmental consultancy

Q Sustain are assisting Network Rail in creating and managing Environmental Strategies, management plans, impact assessments and assessing third party Design Environmental Management Plans for major elements of enabling works to allow the High Speed 2 rail to connect or pass via the Network Rail Infrastructure. Q Sustain have considerable experience in managing Environmental Strategies and engaging with the supply chain and contractors to ensure Client needs and strategies are successfully implemented and included within contracts.

Glare Analysis/Signal sighting for train drivers

Q Sustain understands the type of risk developments with any reflective properties can create close to live rail infrastructure and train drivers. If there are any track signals located in the vicinity of a development that a train driver is required to have clear visibility at all times increases the risk of affecting the safety of the operational rail should any glare from adjacent developments be experienced.

Q Sustain have managed very complex glare analysis schemes working closely with expert teams interpreting the analysis, outputs and interfacing and satisfying Network Rail requirements along with verification with signal sighting committees on schemes such as Birmingham New Street Station. Q Sustain is also advising and carrying out glare studies for multiple developments in the Nine Elms area of London.

Q Sustain created the first Glare Analysis process into Network Rail working closely with Arup Lighting and influenced the 2016 update of the Network Rail Signal Sighting Standard.

ICT and Digital Media

Q Sustain Ltd were embedded in the Network Rail governance team and helped procure, design, appoint a supplier and project manage the installation of all three digital LED Media Screens working closely with advertising company Signature Outdoor and Ocean. Q Sustain also managed the agreement and delivery of the ICT strategy at New Street Station, installing the first Interactive screens on a main station providing up to date train information and assist city wayfinding.

Q Sustain are also assisting Birmingham City Council in implementing the Digital City and Railway vision and Smart Station technology that can assist the wider city in connectivity and efficiency.

Asset protection Agreement – Trackside Developments

Developing adjacent to the National Rail Infrastructure requires careful governance and in many cases, the developer needs to agree to protecting the railway under an Asset Protection Agreement. This requires key competencies to be satisfied during the design of any temporary or permanent works. Q Sustain can provide such competencies and advisory for such developments and help unlock value and assist the Client through the Asset Protection process and the standards required to adhere to.

Our Services for such developments can include Review of the Risk Assessments and Method Statement document for the development and provide The CRE / CEM (Contractor Resident Engineer and Contractor Engineering Manager) role required as a key competency under any Asset Protection Agreement and would be an integral and crucial service to provide the Client with a seamless interface with Network Rail and satisfy Network Rail’s competency requirements.