Engineering Services for Buildings


Emmaus, Colchester


This BREEAM compliant project entailed the construction of a temporary accommodation building for the homeless, offering them the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment provided by the charity, Emmaus.

The facility has 20 self-contained rooms with en-suite facilities. As the en-suite “pods” were pre-constructed, detailed planning was undertaken with the manufacturer to ensure correct interface and installation. A community area, kitchen and administration offices were also provided.

The scheme design employs a woodchip boiler, with gas boiler back up, to supply heating to radiators and the domestic hot water supply. Ventilation is provided by local fans in the bedrooms to support the building’s natural ventilation design.


Mechanical and Electrical Contractor



Main Contractor:

Barnes Construction

M & E Consultant:

The Energy Practice


Peter Claiborne



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