The new £20M office block provides some 1,200 workspaces for clinical and administrative staff. The new block provides open plan administration space for consultants, nurses and secretaries alongside a number of ‘pods’ for private conversations. Informal seating will also be arranged around access points to encourage social interactions and bring together visitors and users.
We provided the M&E services design for the building incorporating a sustainable approach to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. As the building has a relatively high population density, comfort cooling was required to overcome internal gains from IT equipment and occupants. Heating and cooling to the offices was provided via a variable refrigerant volume system with ceiling void mounted ducted indoor units powered by air source heat pumps. The air handling unit which provides fresh air to the building also incorporates a heat pump with a high CoP (Coefficient of Performance) to temper/cool the air before it enters the building. A desiccant wheel on the AHU recovers heat from the exhaust air. Daylight regulation and PIR occupancy sensing has been incorporated into the lighting design to reduce energy consumption from the lighting. Photovoltaic panels are sited on the roof to reduce electricity consumption.
New office block.
Sustainable design – incorporating air source heat pumps and photo-voltaic panels.
Improved air permeability and fabric U-values above the standards required by building regulations.