BIM & Digital Engineering


Our team is formed with a combination of digital design specialists and services engineers who are all responsible for leading our digital design strategy on current and future projects.

We can work on various aspects of the same project, keeping the information safe and all team members updated on the project's progress. 

John Gunstone


Engineering Software Development Leader, Partner

Buildings are agents of interaction. People interact with a building, which then interacts with the environment.

As a designer, I consider the interplay between all the design parameters of a building to help create something that works and operates coherently.  

It all starts with the brief - a straight forward brief doesn’t have to imply a straightforward solution. It simply identifies all the aspirations of the project that need fulfilling; it defines the boundaries. I investigate the brief until I understand exactly what and where those boundaries are. That allows me to work with creativity and freedom within them. 

I like to design the building as if there are no electrical and mechanical systems - how can the architecture be optimised to make a naturally comfortable internal environment? When passive design is doing as much of the work as possible, only then do I add tech to maximise building performance. The result is lean, well-developed engineering that supports the architecture.

Callum McIntosh


Senior Engineer, Digital Design Specialist

"My aim as a building services engineer is to ensure that we design buildings to be as efficient as possible. Whether that be by specifying the correct equipment or through the design process itself, it should always be our main objective to create a building that has a positive environmental impact on the world around it.

BIM allows for more efficient design of buildings, with the whole design team being able to effectively communicate their design solutions from concept to construction stage. Getting this right from an early stage is vital and makes the whole design process much simpler.

My engineering experience ranges from designing theatres to large scale residential schemes. I'm also a humble expert in modelling building systems and design solutions, including everything from service routes at concept stage, through to fully coordinated as-built BIM models for the client to use for commissioning or maintenance."

Pria Lad


Senior Engineer, Digital Design Specialist, Partner

Working, collaborating and learning from interaction with other people can create rewarding designs and results. I enjoy meeting new people and believe that coordination and communication within design teams is key to delivering buildings that are enjoyable for all their users.

I have had the chance to work on housing, offices, leisure and education projects designing various elements of the Mechanical systems. I enjoy being presented with a brief and applying Maths and Physics to try and come up with a solution.

My first exposure to BIM was during a time in which it was taking off in the building environment industry. This coincided with the early stages of my training in engineering design. Being able to develop these both together has been useful in shaping the role I hold at Max Fordham today, which enables me to both design and model engineering solutions.

Model buildings in a 3D environment has given me a better appreciation of spatial constraints and realistic design solutions early on. My time spent on Revit projects has allowed me to explore its capabilities and take advantage of how powerful a tool it can be, especially for the work that we do at Max Fordham.

I enjoy being a part of the Digital Design Team at Max Fordham, helping to continually develop and improve the way in which we work, from developing software and workflow strategies to keeping up with what others are doing in the industry.

David Leonard


Senior Engineer, Digital Design Specialist, Partner

I have worked across a broad collection of projects with wide ranging aspirations. Spun throughout them all is the same thread – communication is key.

Building relationships with our collaborators feeds into every aspect of our work, especially in our design. I love solving engineering problems and take pride in delivering to my client’s aspirations, but experience has shown me that our solutions are only as good as the paper they are written on. Our collaborators need to interpret and understand our work before they can implement it effectively.

As an engineer and digital design specialist, my work includes developing the tools and documents that we use to communicate our solutions. Modelling in 3D within a BIM framework provides new opportunities to collaborate with our peers and enhance our designs. I’m looking forward to realising the advantages brought, for the benefit of design teams, contractors and – most importantly – our clients.

Bianca Wilcox


Senior Engineer, Digital Design Specialist, Partner

I am a detailed-orientated designer. My overriding aim is to make sure no detail, big or small, is overlooked.

I began working at a time when workflows were changing from 2D line drawings to the production of 3D realistic models. It has given me an even greater appreciation of the importance of solutions that are fully thought through.

I specialise in the 3D modelling of building services, from concept design, through detailed design and to construction. I am also experienced in the design of highly detailed pre-manufactured units such as bathrooms and utility pods, so understand the advantages and considerations of designing for prefabrication.

My work is driven by sustainability, but by an aspect that is often over-looked. I believe that limiting on-site construction waste is essential to tackling the environmental impact of buildings and construction and that BIM is critical for this. 

I thoroughly enjoy collaboration and working through problems with other team members. I believe this leads to buildings that are optimised for the client and the user.

Kathryn Donald


Director, Digital Design and Building Performance Modelling Leader, Partner

My approach to engineering has always been to look at the building and its services as a single entity; to view the building holistically, rather than thinking about the services without considering the whole building. To achieve this requires good collaboration between all design team members and with the client.

Having worked in a BIM environment since 2014, I have seen the potential of this framework to realise better project outcomes for everyone involved. One of the main strengths of the BIM process is increasing collaboration between all team members on a project so that the final building works better in operation.

I am passionate about the continual improvement of our practice’s capability through realising the benefits of these working methods. My role is to enable the practice to use BIM to further our ability to efficiently deliver sustainable and beautiful engineering.

Steven Wain


Senior Engineer, Digital Design Specialist, Partner

People respond to buildings in different ways, but it is difficult to bring all the elements together to give a sense of something less tangible: delight.

Delight is an often-overlooked quality in building design and it’s something I strive to create in my designs. Much of what we do as environmental engineers goes unseen – it’s in the walls, it’s in the floors and it’s in the air. But what we bring to a building can have a great effect on people’s moods, often without them knowing it.

I specialise in modelling, using BIM and building physics software to produce and test designs in 3D. I find the ability to manipulate and calculate using a 3D model invaluable and make use of the advantages of this quickly developing technology wherever possible to achieve more considered and efficient designs.

Buildings are not merely a series of separate systems - they come together to work as a coherent whole. One element of what I am designing almost always feeds into another. As such I always consider all the systems from an early stage, no matter how small, with the goal of balancing them to achieve a great result.

BIM & Digital Engineering