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Essex County Council County Hall, Chelmsford

Essex County Council is moving towards a net zero future across its real estate portfolio, aiming to achieve sustainability across its buildings and infrastructure efficiently and cost-effectively. Ranging from commercial offices to community facilities, libraries and adult learning centres, the UK local authority has invested in specialist building services and decarbonisation skills to support its long-term strategic planning and decisions in transforming real estate for the next generation. Integral to the Council’s ambitious action plan to tackle climate change are proposals relating to the built environment, transport, energy, waste, land use, green infrastructure and community engagement which will build climate resilience both within the Council and across Essex county.

Omnium’s London team was delighted to be appointed to work with WP3 on this feasibility project. Establishing strong relationships with new clients, our regional UK and European expertise is growing quickly and it’s exciting to be involved with projects such as this which look to shape the future of the built environment.

Phil Branson
Branch Director, Omnium International (UK)

The Brief

Omnium’s London team was appointed to partner with sustainable building services experts WP3 Ltd to deliver MEP feasibility studies for Essex County Council’s County Hall development in Chelmsford, UK. County Hall is a complex development with far-reaching proposals for its development in order to reach net zero. MEP is a crucial part of this work, and Omnium worked alongside WP3 to assess existing services and to calculate the works required to bring the buildings up to date in line with the client’s specification. Feasibility studies focused on main plant, infrastructure and utilities, including gas, heating and cooling, ventilation, power installation, fire detection and prevention, drainage, water supply and building management systems.

Omnium’s Experience

Omnium’s UK team was a perfect partner for WP3 in this feasibility work, combining 50 years of Omnium’s Cost Consultancy and Quantity Surveying expertise with WP3’s sustainability-focused design and infrastructure strategic skills to deliver expert advice for the local authority client. Applying knowledge and understanding gained across multiple similar projects in our global portfolio, Omnium International’s UK branch office established a strong partnership for effective collaboration with WP3 from the outset, resulting in thorough recommendations to guide Essex County Council in its development objectives, budget and project planning.

Key Client

Project Key Client

Essex County Council

Essex County Council governs the county of Essex in the UK, serving a population of around 1.3 million and one of the largest local authorities in England. A non-metropolitan county council, the authority provides services including registration of births, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths, roads, libraries, archives, refuse disposal, most state education, social services and transport from its headquarters at County Hall in Chelmsford.

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Phil Branson

Branch Director, Omnium International (UK) Ltd

Following an international career managing major high value and master developments in the Middle East, Phil launched Omnium’s London office in 2019 to bring our extensive experience across multiple sectors to clients and stakeholders in the UK and Europe.