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Over 50 Years Of Experience In Building Services

Watkins Payne was originally formed as a traditional partnership in 1970. Since then, the practice has steadily expanded its knowledge and expertise to offer a comprehensive building services consultancy service with two offices located within Central London and Surrey. Since 2000 Watkins Payne has greatly expanded its expertise and capability in the sustainability sector, providing WELL, NABERS UK, whole life carbon and BREEAM roles, amongst others. In May 2022, the business transferred to a limited company 100% owned by an Employee Ownership Trust.

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“Pushing through boundaries with smart sustainable engineering design.”

Engineering Innovation

We are members of the Association of Consulting Engineers, British Council for Offices and UK Green Building Council. Qualifications held by various members of staff include membership of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), The Institute of Engineering and Technology, Energy Institute, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Lighting Engineers, Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, CIBSE Certified Low Carbon Consultants, WELL Assessors, BREEAM Assessors, Fitwell Assessors, NABERS Assessors and more.


Our reputation and success is built on a philosophy of Director, Operations Director and Associate Director involvement from project inception right through to practical completion. There are currently a total of 7 Directors, Operations Directors and Associate Directors which creates a relatively high senior management to staff ratio which we consider essential in order to adhere to this ethos. This level of engineering commitment ensures appropriate standards of engineering innovation and integration of commercially viable building services solutions. The drive and enthusiasm from the senior management team maintain our relationship as pro-active members of the design team.


There has been an industry shift away from ‘design for compliance’ to a more sustainable ethos of ‘design for performance’ which has culminated in the introduction of the NABERS UK energy rating system. As an official Supporter of the scheme Watkins Payne have committed to helping to promote NABERS UK to our clients, support the upskilling of our staff to enable delivery of NABERS UK products (Design for Performance and Energy for Offices), and provide technical input to help shape the future of the scheme.


Watkins Payne can carry out NABERS UK Energy for Offices Ratings for existing buildings through our Accredited Assessors within our Building Performance team. We can also offer a NABERS UK ‘Ready’ survey to determine if your property is capable of registering a rating and if it is currently maximising its rating potential.


We are also highly experienced in all aspects of delivering the Design for Performance process for projects looking to target and promote a NABERS UK rating at the design stage. This includes the vital Independent Design Review (IDR) assessments via our IDR panel member Robert Marshall. Our experienced energy modelling team have provided DfP compliant advanced simulation modelling services for over 20 projects and our teams have achieved 4 Design Reviewed Target Ratings for our Clients to date.

Promoting sustainability

Our sustainability team provides the lead role from inception to handover on all aspects tracking the various accreditations and assessments through all RIBA Stages. We use our own bespoke trackers and dashboards to show progress and also highlight focus areas. Often we will lead separate sustainability meetings with the Client and Design Team members to progress all of the various elements and requirements thereby ensuring sustainability is given the highest priority.

“We have a responsibility to measure and reduce the environmental impact of our own operations.”

The company operates out of 2 locations London and Surrey, with over 60 employees. There are currently a total of 7 Directors, Operations Directors and Associate Directors 

We Are Here To Help You With Any Questions You May Have

We do it all! Whether you’ve got a custom commercial, industrial, retail or residential, project that requires engineering consulting, we’ve got you covered.

We are proud to have projects located all across England, majority of the projects are in London. Have a look at our latest work here: Case Studies Archive | Watkins Payne

The more information you can provide about your project, the better we can serve you. We typically request the following before we begin:

  • Architectural plans in CAD (if available)
  • Civil, structural, and other supporting engineering design documents that we will need to coordinate with on our drawings
  • As-builts (drawings of existing building conditions – if available)
  • Pictures of your building and utilities, mechanical and electrical, and plumbing equipment (if available)
  • A timeline
  • Contact information for your project team
  • Any special criteria or design considerations for your project

In delivering services we provide the following 

  • Meetings to discuss your project
  • Site visits
  • Coordination with your architects, structural engineers, civil engineers, and other applicable parties
  • Preliminary design review sessions
  • Final designs
  • Any and all plan revisions
  • Responses to RFIs and submittals by your architect or contractor

We work with architects, designers, general contractors, and design-build contractors.  There are also projects in which we deal directly with a property/business owner or a client who is acting as project manager or design architect.

See our clients page for more information:

Our Clients | Watkins Payne

Our services have a fixed price. A retainer amount is requested upon executing the agreement. Progressive payments will be due based on pre-agreed project contract. Final payment is due upon permitting.


We pride ourselves on the focus offered by senior staff from project inception to completion on all projects and feel that this is what sets us apart. We provide a proactive and collaborative approach through all project stages from concept to completion, with a focus on efficient, cost effective and sustainable solutions. View our full client list on our clients page.

The company is committed to quality assurance in achieving client satisfaction and preventing non-conformity in all of its activities and has implemented procedures to comply with the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001 2015 (Quality Management System).

We have also implemented an environmental management system and achieved ISO 14001 2015 certification as well as health and safety accreditation ISO 45001 2018.

At Watkins Payne, as well as promoting sustainability and energy efficient solutions throughout, we are dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment. We are working towards zero emissions in our direct operations by 2024 and becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 according to the definitions of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).


 A full list of case studies can be found on our dedicated page in the menu above.