University of Strathclyde

'Entrepreneurial University of the Year' carries out works to Centre for Sport, Health & Wellbeing and the Curran and James Weir Buildings.

Centre for Sport, Health and Wellbeing

Hulley & Kirkwood were employed by The University of Strathclyde for their new state of the art Centre for Sport, Health and Wellbeing. The new centre is located on a prominent junction within the university campus, adjacent the Curran Building and the Lord Hope Building, on Cathedral Street, a major arterial route into the centre of Glasgow. A unique design, differing to the traditional typology of sports buildings, was developed to stack the brief as a vertical urban building to sit within the context of a 5–6 storey street frontage. The large blank walls of the sports hall are wrapped with more active accommodation which adds life to the elevations and cityscape.
Sustainability and energy efficiency were an integral part of the client brief, with a target to achieve BREEAM Very Good. The University of Strathclyde’s aspirations were for a low energy building and the design of the mechanical and electrical services will therefore target low carbon emission and energy reductions beyond the minimum requirements wherever practicable. These measures include:-
  • A solar photovoltaic (PV) array of 372 m² located on the roof to offset grid electricity usage within the building.
  • Providing an enhanced level of automatic lighting control.
  • Using high efficiency LED lighting.
  • Using ventilation plant with low specific fan powers (SFPs) and high efficiency heat recovery.
  • Using comprehensive HVAC controls
  • Using air cooled chiller plant with heat recovery and transfer to the domestic hot water

This will be assisted by connection to the new University of Strathclyde District Energy Network project. The synergy between these two projects will bring considerable benefit in reducing the energy demand of the University and will contribute to the carbon reduction of the whole campus.

The new centre includes 2 No. 4 court sports halls, 25m swimming pool with a moving floor, sauna & steam room, 180 piece fitness suite including strength & conditioning area, dance studio, 2 No. squash courts, consultation & treatment rooms, teaching rooms with bleacher seating, staff offices and student’s union accommodation.

Curran Building Refurbishment

Hulley & Kirkwood were employed by The University of Strathclyde to carry out the £20m phased refurbishment and upgrading works within the Curran Building. The initial refurbishment works began in 2004 with upgrading and reconfiguration and alteration works still ongoing.

The phased refurbishment works have created new modern accommodation for:-

  • Faculty of Education Library
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • New Curriculum Centre
  • Special Collections Store
  • Seminar Rooms

Further alteration works have also been carried out on Levels 3, 4 and 5 and an extension provided for the Machine room.

The Contract also covered:-

  • DDA Works
  • Chiller Replacement
  • Fire Alarm Replacement Works

James Weir Building

The listed James Weir Building was constructed between 1958 and 1964 as an extension to the original Royal College Building.  It is the third largest building within the University’s Estate in terms of overall floor area and spans eight levels.

Hulley & Kirkwood were employed by The University of Strathclyde to carry out various localised refurbishment and upgrading projects throughout the building over the last ten years.

Unfortunately the building was hit by fire and Hulley & Kirkwood were once again employed by the University to undertake an evaluation of the damage and liaise with the Loss Adjusters. This process has led to a large scale refurbishment project which Hulley & Kirkwood have been employed to deliver full M&E design services.

The £14m refurbishment project includes for the upgrade of all M&E infrastructure components including air handling plant, chilled water plant, boiler plant and all associated distribution systems. HV/LV switchgear and distribution systems have also been upgraded. On each floor plate the services design was tailored to suit the various departmental requirements and functions.