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Construction Underway on New Hewlett Packard Offices in Galway

20 March 2014

Construction Underway on New Hewlett Packard Offices in Galway

Construction has commenced on Hewlett Packard’s new 8,000m2 office development in Ballybrit, Galway. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., turned the sod on the state of the art R&D facility on 3rd February.

RPS is providing mechanical, electrical design and LEED assessment services on the new office which consists of three connected wings to support administration, software development, cloud innovation and business services for HP worldwide project. The new sustainable office will have capacity for 700 staff and is scheduled for completion in February 2015.

The project involves the full mechanical and electrical installation of the new open plan offices and commercial canteen area. The installation included medium voltage transformers, fully air conditioned facility, energy efficient daylight linked lighting control systems and the IT infrastructure for the offices.

As LEED Assessor, RPS’ role on this project is to input to design team meetings in order to ensure that the development is specified according to the sustainability principles of the LEED certification system. The RPS team will ensure that the construction of the development meets the requirements of the LEED rating system and that the target of a LEED Gold rating is achieved.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the United States Green Building Council’s internationally recognised certification for the design, construction and operation of high performance sustainable buildings and developments. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification: LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold and LEED Platinum. They are assessed across a number of areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Speaking at the commencement of construction ceremony, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. said ‘In addition to the very significant contribution that this facility already makes to the local community, I am delighted to see the central role the Irish based construction and building services firms are having in the design and construction of this facility. Ireland has a recognised world class expertise in designing and constructing state-of-the-art facilities and I have no doubt that this building will be best in class.

Native Woodlands Survey of Scotland Goes Live

06 March 2014

Native Woodlands Survey of Scotland Goes Live

Largest ever habitat survey across Scotland gives first comprehensive coverage.

Toman Beag, Edinburgh. Susan Daily

RPS in partnership with the Forestry Commission Scotland has delivered the largest ever habitat survey carried out across Scotland, producing the first comprehensive nation-wide coverage of all native woodland in the country.

The RPS team featured at the recent launch event, at which the Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change: Paul Wheelhouse MSP praised the high quality work and the intrinsic value of the survey information. Speakers drawn from the forestry sector, Scottish Government, and local government highlighted the insights data are already providing, including the more efficient tracking of ash die-back disease.

Covering a survey area of around 730,000ha, the five year long project identified the location, extent, type and condition of all areas of woodland greater than 0.5ha across the whole of Scotland, to improve understanding of this forest and provide information to target management of woodlands through future years.

RPS’ team of twelve specifically trained woodland surveyors have carried out over 90,000ha of complex field survey work each year for the project since we were first appointed in November 2007. Mapping of woodlands was undertaken on site using the latest GIS software, enabling accurate recording of habitats, species, non-native invasives and forest condition. The suite of information is now available for download from the Forestry Commission’s website:, along with a summary report on the extent of each woodland type ordered by Local Authority.

The information will be used within land use research, government and local authority planning, and will also be used to target forestry grant aid for owners to manage these woodlands for the future. RPS Operational Director Dr Simon Zisman noted, “This is an excellent illustration of our ability to deliver highly complex projects at a national scale for government agencies, and we look forward to working with the Forestry Commission Scotland on future collaborations”.