UPP Bridges Hall

New energy efficient residential development.

The University of Reading has undertaken an exercise to rationalise its student residential portfolio, and as part of the consolidation exercise required to redevelop the Bridges Hall site. The existing buildings at Bridges Hall were demolished, as the accommodation no longer met the standards expected by the users.

Hulley & Kirkwood were appointed as the Design Engineers for the mechanical and electrical services on the £20m new development, which principally comprised 640 self-contained rooms, a central facilities management block, remote communications (IT) rooms and a new HV/LV substation.

The accommodation was provided via four-storey cluster blocks and townhouses, each served by solar hot water systems and constructed to very high standards, offering highly efficient thermal insulation characteristics and air tightness.

Hulley & Kirkwood utilised Part L compliance software at various stages of the project, permitting the development's total annual energy consumption/carbon generation to be estimated, 10% of which was provided via a sustainable source (solar hot water), assisting in achieving ‘Excellent’ EPC and BREEAM ratings.