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Project Value – £690,000
This project consisted of the provision of numerous alterations, upgrades and refurbishments to the Bangor Campus, which included lift installation, disabled access and controls, two darkrooms, teaching laboratory with fume cupboard, the library, Animal room, Abbey Restaurant, and minor classroom refurbishment works. A deaf alerter system and car park lighting on Ards Campus are also included in this project. The project on initial brief had to be completed during the summer break, which was then extended as the works under this contract extended. This required specific appreciation of the time constraints and co-ordination of services to ensure there was as little disruption to the running of the Institute.
Project Value – £2.3 million
These projects consisted of the complete refurbishment of the mechanical and electrical services within the Sports hall and the associated changing and showering areas creating new individual, private facilities. The kitchen and dining area was upgraded with new extract ventilation installed above the ovens and hobs. In addition, the mechanical and electrical installations within the Science block were fully renovated. This consisted of Laboratory sinks and waste sinks, gas supply and safe storage facilities for the experimental laboratories. Associated IT services were also installed in the block to compliment the teaching methodology of the college. Sections of the College were rewired, the fire alarm system upgraded, with access and lighting controls installed. The plant room was upgraded, including supply and extract ventilation, to ensure the efficient running of the college’s new mechanical and electrical services. Asbestos was also removed from the site.
Project Value – SRIF 2: £4,500,000, SRIF 3 Phase 1: £4,000,000,
SRIF 3 Phase 2: £2,000,000
Completed – August 2009
This project was split over a number of contracts involving the multi-school refurbishment of the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Psychology and Agri-food and Land Use. Each department has their own individual requirements, from the incorporation of the latest innovations in presentation and lecturing technology to the creation of Labs with specialised fume cupboards and laminar flow safety cabinets, to providing modern office facilities. The complexity created by having so many users in the same building needs an innovative, user-conscious and systematic approach to design, ensuring the result became a co-ordinated, structured solution suitable for all Departments. Strict controls over shutdowns and communication between all parties was vital to the success of the project as much of the building remained occupied during refurbishment, with Research at both under and post graduate level on-going.
The design approach for the project was based on meeting the users requirement but also ensuring that designs were fully energy efficient.
During the design process options were assessed for biomass boiler installations for the research laboratories however, the final design solution incorporated an ECON system to the fume cupboards and invertor control to all fans to minimise energy usage. This has proved very successful.
The Electrical Services design for the projects also incorporated modern energy efficient lighting installation and further lighting controls were introduced in further contracts to reduce energy wastage.
Project Value – £650,000
Completed – November 2008
This project involved the refurbishment of the existing church halls and main church sanctuary. As part of this project the works were phased within one contract to allow the church to operate successfully while works were continuing in the other areas.
The refurbishment works included new boilerhouse installation, zoned heating system, multipurpose use, electrical refurbishment including rewiring, new lighting, emergency lighting, fire alarms and church sound system.
Project Value – £3.5 million
Completed – January 2010
The project brief was to provide heating, plumbing, ventilation, lighting, power, communication, security systems and kitchen installation to a new convent comprising of 40 bedrooms with en-suites, communal rooms, chapel, kitchen and dining facilities. The heating was to be provided from a central boilerhouse with dual fuel oil/gas fired boilers serving radiators. There was a central extract ventilation system with grilles and motorised dampers in each en-suite linked to a constant pressure fan in the roofspace. This provided an energy efficient and quiet means of ventilating the en-suite. For the residents noise from the individual extract fans would have been unacceptable.
The electrical services design provided energy efficient lighting with both photocell and PIR controls. The design far exceeded the required 45 luminaire lumens per circuit watt. The lighting scheme created a domestic ambience within the building.
A category 4 fire detection and alarm system was proposed for the building utilising smoke/heat detector heads with combined sounder strobes. In addition a refuge call system was required to provide two way communications between the refuge stations and ground floor reception.
Of the 40 bedrooms a number were dedicated to a special care requiring special attention to the layout of electrical services and inclusion of a patient call system, and door monitoring system.
The Client requested a standby generator installation and the generator was designed to avail of peak lopping during the winter months to reduce electricity usage during peak tariffs. Close liaison was required with the electricity provided to ensure successful synchronisation of the installation.
Project Value – £600,000 Phase 2
Completed – Phase 2 January 2010
This project has been phased over a number of years and is currently in phase 2 of a three-phase project. The works completed and currently on site include the refurbishment of the existing church entrance foyer, to provide a new welcome centre and social gathering space. Currently on site the refurbishment of the church sanctuary involving new heating, small power, lighting, fire alarm and sound systems.