Planning and Design

Planning and Design

Planning and Design

Our planning and design services cover all sectors and span all engineering and environmental disciplines, bringing the right expertise at each stage of the project lifecycle.

Our support encompasses the full project design cycle, and we deliver planning advice and reports through to full technical design across all RIBA stages and procurement routes.

We embed our teams at the heart of any engineering or environmental challenge, providing expertise and understanding to solve complex problems.

We utilise the latest technology to streamline our service and are at the fore front of harnessing BIM
in designing for off – site manufacture, modular construction and modern methods of construction.

Our specialists offer a holistic service for monitoring and measuring carbon throughout your scheme, from construction and operation to whole life calculations and material reuse via the circular economy.

We ensure milestones from planning through to detailed design are carefully managed and sequenced with every survey, calculation and opportunity examined so you progress with confidence, supported by expertise to help you navigate each project stage.

Equipped with a deep understanding of the challenges you face, we provide the targeted knowledge you need to reduce risk, optimise value and deliver outstanding results.

We value innovation and constantly challenge our ideas and solutions to meet the brief, whilst
positively contributing to tackling the climate emergency.

We continually benchmark our designs against evolving guidance and legislation, giving you the assurance that key decisions are well informed and will withstand the scrutiny of your customers
throughout the assets lifecycle.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our service, placing technical excellence at the heart of everything we do. As your design partner we take  ownership and closely manage our cross discipline consultancy services to provide a transparent, seamless and cohesive experience. Our senior leaders are accessible throughout every project, providing assurance at each step.

Mark Terndrup

Mark Terndrup
Managing Director
Building Services – South
Tel: +44 207 928 7888


Net Zero &

We ensure sustainability and net zero principals are embedded in every project at every opportunity

Site Selection
& Appraisal

The ability to accurately assess the true value of any acquisition or asset is pivotal in the decision making process of any scheme.

Planning &

Exemplary designs need the best site teams to bring them to life, and we take great pride in helping you realise your vision.

Construction & Development

We cover all sectors and span all engineering and environmental disciplines, bringing the right expertise at each stage.

Operation &
Asset Management

Our in–house expertise provides you with a total solution to help you manage and operate your assets.


We recognise the need to optimise the value of your assets whether they are newly constructed properties or existing building stock.

Project Lifecycle Support

We face ever changing challenges and increasing complexity in the real estate sector, but Waterman has consistently helped us innovate and stay ahead of the curve with lateral thinking and engineering approaches that have product, customer and commercial focus.

Brett Wharton , Founder and CEO Polestar.

Key Services

Acoustics, Noise and Vibration
Contaminated Land Advice
Air Quality, Dust and Odour
Flood Risk Assessment
Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs)
Archaeology and Built Heritage
Landscape planning and design
Waste advice, permit and planning
Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA)
Transport Modelling
Sustainable Transport and Travel Plan advice
Bridge Design
Rail design
Health & Safety / Principal Designer
Utilities and Infrastructure advice

Geotechnical studies / investigations
Temporary Works Design
Structural advice / inspections and design
Building Services advice / inspections and design
Public Health advice / inspections and design
Smart Technology
Vertical Transport
Energy strategies and renewables advice
Embodied Carbon studies, Operational Carbon and Whole – Life Carbon, advice
Circular economy and material passports
Climate Resilience
Sustainability Statements
Energy Performance Certificates and NABERS Assessments

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Featured Project

Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) winner RIBA North-West Regional and RIBA National Awards.

Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) Student Union is a £9m, 23,000 sqm, four-storey scheme accommodating 5,000 students and staff. Designed to be tough, flexible and fun, the facility comprises an entertainment hall, fully fitted night club and bar areas along with retail space, café bar, meeting rooms, offices and fitness studio.

Our team were appointed to provide building services, structural engineering and acoustics for this new build multi-use Student Union located within the city centre MMU campus area. The building design needed to offer flexibility to meet the wide range of potential uses and requirements, with the main hall needing to offer the ability to transform from nightclub venue to sports hall, dining area, exam hall and conference space, all with different operational parameters and requirements.

The four-storey building has glazed brick elevations interspersed with curtain walling and a green roof above the 18m clear span events hall. The exterior design utilises materials which reflect its cultural importance, whilst complementing the neighbouring Victorian pubs and playhouses. Internal spaces have been kept open and flexible, punctuated by exposed structures, services and pre-cast concrete walls. During preconstruction, archaeological investigations of the site revealed a number of intact 19th century basements. It was decided to preserve one of these beneath the café’ bar by constructing a concrete box around the basement and illuminating to allow viewing through the floor via an unusual glass floor.

A stacked system was used for the precast glazed brick cladding panels to avoid excessive loads onto the frame, and a precast design was also adopted for some of the foundation elements. Elsewhere, our acoustics specialists determined that the events hall roof needed to be of concrete construction, therefore, for lightness, 18m clear span steel beams were used to support the concrete roof.

The MEP strategy delivered heating, cooling and ventilation systems with energy efficient control to adjust to the differing hours of use and occupancies across the varied spaces in the building. We used high efficiency air source heat pump technologies to lower the carbon emissions of the building and to meet the Manchester City Council’s carbon emission targets, coupled with heat recovery on all ventilation systems, LED lighting, lighting controls and high thermal efficiency fabrics. The scheme has met and surpassed these targets. The building controls and metering systems have been interfaced back to the central MMU energy monitoring systems to allow zone by zone and floor by floor energy monitoring in line with the MMU’s approach to department energy assessments and initiatives. The fully mechanically vented building was designed to suit the city centre location and noise control requirements.

For consistency of detailing and speed of construction, a precast solution was adopted for both the structural frame and external cladding, the thermal mass of which was incorporated as part of the MEP strategy, acting as a key driver in the structural design selection. The building was developed from the outset to make full use of the exposed concrete frame, which harnesses thermal mass for the benefit of the internal environment. The offset of peak heating and cooling loads has created an energy efficient system to deal with the short-term increases in occupancy and space usage associated with the main hall and student areas.

This development achieved a BREEM ‘Excellent’ rating and has won RIBA North-West Regional and RIBA National Awards.