Sector: Education

Birks Hall Student Accommodation

Project Description

Birks Grange formerly Birks Hall was phase 1 of a proposal to provide upgraded residences for the University of Exeter. The scheme provided catered residence with 360 high standard ensuite rooms including fully accessible rooms within each cluster.

The development was arranged in clusters of up to nine residences, with a number of strategically located utility rooms, a laundry, new porter’s lodge, a canteen and a renovated hall bar named ‘The Boot’, and a shop

£13.5m, 360 bedroom student accommodation and associated facilities

Project Involvement

We undertook the full and detailed design of all the mechanical and electrical services to meet the client brief which included provision of services to a full commercial laundry, bar and kitchen.

The site infrastructure works required site capacity reviews, and diversion of existing utilities in order to accommodate the proposed development.

Project Benefits

Provided strategic advice on building fabric u-values, airtightness and ventilation strategy for compliance with the University Energy Strategy. Worked as part of a collaborative design team with early review of plant and services distribution routes to overcome co-ordination challenges

Undertook a capacity assessment of existing electrical distribution and secondary supplies and develop a resilient electrical distribution infrastructure

Infrastructure remodelling and design including interfacing to existing systems

Luminaire and lighting controls developed to reduce maintenance input, carbon footprint and energy consumption with reduction in maintenance burden and reduced maintenance and running cost.

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