Beautiful engineering for a sustainable future

We are Max Fordham. A partnership of engineers, designers and consultants, working with the built environment, to deliver a sustainable future and a thriving planet.


Our services

We are building services engineers, designers, and sustainability consultants, bringing buildings to life with beautiful engineering. Working closely with the client and architect, we champion sustainable, low energy, and low carbon building design. In essence, our services cover everything that impacts the internal environment of a building and its performance – from the traditional ‘pipes and wires’ of mechanical and electrical engineering, to daylighting, acoustics, building physics, and strategic sustainability consultancy. 

2024 CIBSE Building Performance Awards Ravelin Sports Centre, University of Portsmouth Project of the Year
2024 RIBA International Award for Excellence Collège Amadou Hampaté Bâ, Niger
2024 RIBA National Award National Portrait Gallery
2024 RIBA National Award Homerton College Dining Hall, University of Cambridge
2023 RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing A House for Artists
2023 RIBA National Award Agar Grove Estate
2022 RIBA Stirling Prize Magdalene College New Library, University of Cambridge
2022 CIBSE Building Performance Awards Max Fordham Consultancy of the Year (51-300 employees)
Photo from above of people's hands, making a cardboard model of a building

Our practice is composed of people who believe in and are passionate about what we do – and it shows.

Described as "environmental wizards" by The Guardian for our part in the redevelopment of the National Portrait Gallery, we apply considered thinking to push boundaries, drive change, and solve problems, whether they relate to our projects or running our business. 

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