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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Anticipating the industry wide take up of BIM, RPS invested in modelling software years in advance and since 2007 has built up an enviable bank of project experience.

In this time we have successfully delivered a number of projects where BIM has been an integral part of the design process and the production of information.


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RPS produce BIM models for all new projects across all sectors, and subject to client’s requirements often take the lead in coordinating information on to the model from other, sub-consultancies, subcontractors or equipment suppliers. By working with and to appropriate standards and protocols, we are able to provide Level 2 BIM capable models.

We have integrated a BIM philosophy into our design ethos, producing quality designs that can be monitored, recorded and issued. Our clients benefit from the knowledge that we have the latest design technology implemented by fully trained, qualified and experienced staff producing accurate and tangible designs to visualise their end goal.

Case Studies

Energy Recovery Centre

Energy Recovery Centre


Vinci Construction Ltd

RPS are using Autodesk Revit software to  produce a range of designs for a new sustainable energy plant to power 21,000 homes from c.240,000tpa of municipal solid waste.

The recovery centre’s 50m high process building is clad in a mixture of composite cladding and the adjacent office building has extensive Brise-soleil and a sedum roof to minimise their appearance from a distance on the landscape.

The site also houses a large, fully enclosed ash processing/storage facility which incorporates a curved standing seam roof, mirroring that on the main process building.  Externally, lower sections of the building are clad with rock gabions which are also used on retaining structures on other elements across the site.

The exposed site slopes to the North creating issues with access/egress to elements of the facility, requiring significant earth retaining structures.  It is further complicated by the location of an SSSI site adjacent to the Northern boundary and a watercourse that takes drainage from the site and adjacent areas.

A SUDs drainage scheme is required and the attenuation of the rainwater run-off will require careful consideration by the design team during construction.  As will maintaining the integrity and purity of the site’s underground aquifer.

Norfolk B Energy from Waste

Norfolk B Energy from Waste

BAM Nuttall for Wheelabrator

RPS have provided preliminary 3D designs for an innovative new Energy from Waste plant.

Design drawings for the project have been generated using 3D software packages, integrating the Civil/Structural, Architectural and plant components. This has eased clash detection during the design process and will provide BIM for the end-user.

The facility required the design of a reinforced concrete substructure supported on piles, with the piling design undertaken by specialists, to accommodate the plant’s layout and its loading specifications.

The envelope will be constructed of steel and have a reinforced concrete superstructure, again upon piled foundations.

Olympic Broadcasting Centre

Olympic Broadcasting Centre


Olympic Delivery Authority

Building Information Modelling played a key part during  the design stages of the Olympic Broadcasting Centre (IBC) project, creating the opportunity to trial models of the proposed development and experience how the facility would actually appear by transcribing the model into 3-D visualisations.

The 49,000m2 of studio and office space is 275m long, 104m wide and 22m tall with a 4,500 tonne steel structure that incorporated an impressive c.22,500 tonnes of concrete.

Whilst the Olympic IBC was a high profile prestigious project it was also a challenge, funded by public money in difficult economic times. RPS delivered designs for a huge building to a tight timescale incorporating flexibility for legacy opportunities, at the lowest possible cost. All elements were approved by the Olympic Delivery Authority, local planning authorities and CABE.

Considerations for the legacy uses for this facility have proved challenging for all members of the design team and to enhance the appeal to future occupiers post-Games, the building was designed to “Secured by Design” standards with the ability to be split if required for added flexibility.



Milton Keynes

Routeco Ltd

RPS successfully delivered this project, on time and within budget using BIM technology.

The two and three storey office has a structural steel frame of two wings around a central glazed feature entrance incorporating the lifts and stairs within a double height entrance atrium. 

Our engineers were responsible for the design and specification of materials for the:

Reinforced concrete ground floor slab

Composite concrete/steel upper floors to optimise structural efficiency and reduce structural floor depth, thereby allowing additional insulation placed beneath to enhance the unit’s thermal performance

Drainage for the unit

Reconfiguration of the car parks.

This building was designed to realise a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, however, through careful design and attention to detail actually realised an ‘Excellent’ rating upon completion.

The client also stipulated that the existing buildings had to remain operational throughout the design and construction period which resulted in a carefully phased operation on site.

Sainsbury's Hayes

Sainsbury's Hayes



RPS used Autodesk Revit BIM technology to design and deliver the transformation of a single-floor 1980’s retail store into a 21st century, two-level superstore; increasing the floor space by 60%.

The project disciplines worked hand-in-hand using the same evolving 3D building information model. The development provided an additional 33,700ft2 sales area, making it Sainsbury’s largest retail store and their 1st store with a mezzanine level for general merchandise sales.

We even modelled the existing building structure which provided greater clarity for the contractor when partial demolition was being undertaken.

This extensive remodelling was undertaken with no disruption to trading.

Significant cost & time savings were made on this project by using Revit as it:

Highlighted clashes between different elements of the design

Generated complete 3-D models for Sainsbury’s to make informed decisions

Supplied accurate construction information to the principle contractor sub-contractors and suppliers.

Automatically compiled schedules of quantities

Shirebrook Academy and Stubbin Wood SEN School

Shirebrook Academy and Stubbin Wood SEN School


Bowmer & Kirkland for Derbyshire County Council / Equitix

RPS delivered engineering designs for a new Academy and Special Educational Needs (SEN) School using BIM via REVIT Structures, in conjunction with an external architect, using ArchiCAD.

The school, for c.1050 pupils aged 11-19, was constructed on an occupied site.

The steeply sloping site was used to carefully blend the new buildings into the contours of the ground, creating a terraced design layout, with the SEN school and Academy’s core functions located at a common ground level for ease of accessibility.

Now complete, the Academy has:

Triple height central atrium

Two double height assembly halls

Four court sports hall

Two outdoor MUGA pitches and an all weather football pitch

SEN enclosed sensory courtyard & hydrotherapy pool.

A 50kw wind turbine, under-floor heating, extensive natural lighting and ventilation systems, use of thermal mass for environmental control all contributed towards achieving carbon emission reductions of over 60%.