Full M&E Services – Engineering Science Building, University of Nottingham

In 2010, the University of Nottingham invested £10 million to create a new Engineering and Science Teaching and Learning Centre in response to the high demand for student study space, and to enhance its student experience.

J Tomlinson was appointed by main contractor, Mansell Construction, to provide full M&E installations as part of the project. Creating energy efficient, sustainable building was a critical consideration for the university, and the project required that the finished building achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating incorporating coordinated, efficient M&E Services.

Scope

Full Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) Services, Engineering Science Building, Nottingham University

Client

The University of Nottingham

Main Contractor

Mansell

Value

£1.5M

Completion

November 2011

Services Provided by J Tomlinson

M&E, Energy Efficiency

Project Background

The University of Nottingham is an award-winning global university, with over 45,000 students across campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia.

In 2010, the university invested £10 million to create a new Engineering and Science Teaching and Learning Centre in response to the high demand for student study space, and to enhance its student experience.

J Tomlinson was appointed by main contractor, Mansell Construction, to provide full M&E installations as part of the project. Creating energy efficient, sustainable building was a critical consideration for the university, and the project required that the finished building achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating incorporating coordinated, efficient M&E Services.


J Tomlinson Solution

The project required work to be undertaken with minimal disruption to staff and students based at the nearby University Park Campus, which remained operational throughout. J Tomlinson worked closely with the project team and the university to ensure the safety of staff, students and visitors throughout the project. This was achieved through meticiulous scheduling, segregation, plus a flexible approach.

Achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’

In line with the universities energy efficiency requirements, our team designed and installed a close loop ground source heat pump system to provide heating and cooling, along with district heating backup and a rainwater harvesting system for the new facility’s toilets.

To create a comfortable learning environment, whilst reducing the environmental impact and operational costs, specialist mechanical ventilation was provided, including CO2 and occupancy detection. The right balance between natural and mechanical ventilation including natural “stack effect” ventilation was also used.

By working collaboratively with the design team (including Hopkins Architects and Arup), Mansell and the university, the building achieved an overall BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ in line with all other University of Nottingham developments.

The new building, designed by award-winning Hopkins Architects, provides teaching and social spaces as well as an undergraduate centre, within a state- of-the art-environment.


Project Achievements

  • ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating – by working collaboratively with the design team (including Hopkins Architects and Arup), Mansell and the University, the building achieved an overall BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ in line with all other University developments
  • Minimal Disruption – our project teams ensured any work undertaken was tightly scheduled and with minimal disruption to students and teachers.
  • Collaborative approach – J Tomlinson’s successful close collaborative approach with Mansell was key to ensuring this building’s complex delivery and was critical in its timely completion
  • High quality work, on time & on budget – J Tomlinson supplied high quality, technically competent finished works, within the required timescales and on budget.