Bob Swayne is a qualified building services consulting engineer with over 50 years of experience in the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of building engineering services installations for healthcare, commercial, retail, educational, residential and leisure facilities located both within the UK and the Middle East.
Bob is the Managing Director of The Hampden Consultancy, a practice he founded in 1993 utilising the skills and expertise he had gained from the previous 25 years working for both engineering consultancies and major contractors, including advising PFI consortia involved on major healthcare, education and defence facilities.
His core discipline is mechanical engineering services, i.e. heating, mechanical ventilation (including specialised ventilation for healthcare premises), air-conditioning & chilled water services, domestic hot & cold water services, building management systems & automatic controls, as well as the specification & application of thermal insulation to pipework systems and the application of fire stopping to mechanical & electrical engineering services. In addition, he has a working knowledge of electrical services and how the various engineering services interact and need to be coordinated with each other and the building structure.
He is also able to deal with issues of quantum in respect to M&E engineering services.
He is a Council member of the Building Services Research & Information Association (BSRIA) and as such sits on a number of technical committees, as well as the publications panel.
For the last 15 years, he has principally been involved expert witness work, dealing with construction claims ranging in value from £10,000 to £10 million, acting either as an expert adviser, a party-appointed expert or as a single joint expert on claims under either the Civil Procedure Rules, where required on occasions he has given oral evidence in court. In addition, he has also dealt with claims under the Criminal Procedure Rules,
He has also acted in claims involving professional negligence of M&E consulting engineers.
Heating, hot & cold water services, mechanical ventilation (including specialised ventilation for healthcare premises), air-conditioning & chilled water services, preparation of specifications & contract documentation, project management, preparation of detailed cost estimates, witnessing of testing & commissioning procedures, overseeing the preparation and handover of operation & maintenance documentation in accordance with the CDM Regulations, preparation of Interim & Final Accounts in respect to M&E engineering services, preparation of ‘snagging’ or defects lists prior to Practical Completion/Handover of projects.
Registered with the Engineering Council (Eng.Tech.); Corporate Member of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (AMIHEEM); Council Member of the Building Services Research & Information Association (BSRIA); Association of Consultancy & Engineering (ACE); Affiliated Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE); UK Register of Expert Witnesses; National Expert Witness Agency (NEWA); Institute of Refrigeration (IOR); Commissioning Services Association (CSA)