The Springfields Academy.
Scope of work.
Installation of mechanical and electrical services within a new, purpose-built, 16 classroom teaching facility constructed within the grounds of the existing academy.
What they wanted.
The Academy wanted an M&E contractor to work in partnership alongside their main building contractor to future-proof the building’s services and to maximise efficiencies in the mechanical and electrical design.
How we helped.
The extensive programme has seen the installation of general and emergency lighting, power, CAT-6 data cabling, telecommunication services, fire and intruder alarm systems fitted throughout the building. Mechanically, the low temperature hot water serves a fan assisted convection heating system to maintain comfortable room conditions and a scald-proof environment for pupils.
Three roof-mounted, natural ventilation units have also been installed. Temperatures can be controlled and carbon dioxide sensors have been introduced to ensure energy efficiency. Three heat recovery ventilation units have also been put in place to supply fresh air to the general offices. A new gas-fired boiler plant and hot water heater, with associated thermostatic controls, completes the installation and all utility metering: gas, electric and water can now, potentially, be read remotely via a PC. In the nine teaching areas, a ‘traffic light’ Carbon Dioxide monitoring system has been employed along with steady state fluorescent lighting that’s discreetly positioned to minimise its impact.
Installation of a full M&E services package coordinated alongside the productivity of the main contractors. Original single core cables have been swapped to twin and earth as part of a value engineering exercise. The initiative has provided a wide range of containment and resulted in a saving of at least 30 per cent on the type of cabling used.