This flagship project was constructed over a very restricted city centre site, 2100m² floor area over 3 floors.
This building is a class leader in terms of energy efficiency. The ground source heat pumps provide the energy for both heating and cooling the whole building with additional supplies obtained through a series of solar panels. Rainwater is harvested for non drinking supplies. A highly complex BMS installation manages the buildings' energy usage.
The works comprised of the design and construction of a 3 storey Energy & Climate Centre and associated external works. The construction is piled foundations, pile caps and ground beams, precast concrete ground floor, structural steel frame and all secondary steel/fire protection, concrete upper floors, roof construction is to comprise a combination of single ply roofing system on rigid insulation, profiled metal deck on purlins with bull nosed fascias, glazed barrel vault rooflight and paved roof terrace area, the envelope is a combination of curtain walling, polished black facing, facing brickwork, steel wall cladding and Trespa boarding.
Internally the works are a combination of blockwork and metal stud partitions, glazed screens, balustrades with glass infill panels to galleries, hardwood veneered doors, wall finishes are a combination of plasterboard and emulsion, ceramic tiles and bespoke feature cladding to exposed columns. Floor finishes are a combination of vinyl, carpet barrier matting and resin floor finish. Ceiling finishes are suspended ceilings throughout with enhanced acoustics to the lecture theatre.
Mechanical and electrical works include VRV/ground source heat pumps, passivent natural ventilation system, rainwater harvesting system, hot and cold water installations, power, data and lighting installations, underfloor heating fire/intruder alarms, CCTV, public address, deaf alerter, access controls, disabled communications, BMS, 8 1000kg person lift, sanitaryware, gas installation to workshops. External services consist of electric (including sub-station), gas, water and telephones.
External works include paved areas to the perimeter and main entrance of the building, concrete block paved/tarmac car parking areas, precast concrete kerbs/edgings external lighting, planting and landscaping, boundary walls/railings/fencing, retaining walls and steps.
Ancillary works includes covered gas bottle store, bin store drainage works carparks, boundary and retaining walls, cycle hoops, seating, external lighting, hard paved and soft landscaped areas.