Sector: Education

Physics Laboratories, Rooms B2 & B3, University of Exeter

Project Description

SDS were appointed by the University of Exeter to produce a conceptual design to convert two existing rooms into a facility to accommodate the Exeter Time Resolved Magnetism (EXTREMAG) team

We produced a full set of conceptual requirements, captured within both drawing and report formats, to communicate clearly the proposed mechanical and electrical requirements

The initial concept layout was based on the client’s outline ideas, which were communicated through a series of end-user workshops

The overall project included phased, time critical work, enabling activities to vacate the rooms before the design and pre-construction duties could begin.

Phased works to remodel two existing physics laboratories, Rooms B2 and B3

Project Involvement

Full visual surveys to understand the existing mechanical and electrical systems, and the space required for the proposed new services

Access control and door entry system interlock with laser shields to provide safety measures against harmful lasers

Specialist laboratory gas systems were included to the requirements of the end-users

Careful design of ventilation systems to provide close temperature control and fresh air to the below ground rooms

All other mechanical and electrical systems and provisions, to provide a fully fitted-out, functional and comfortable workspace.

Project Benefits

Report produced, detailing all systems and services, including how they connected or interfaced with the existing systems

Clear conceptual drawings provided easy understanding of the extent of our mechanical and electrical proposals

An early cost plan allowed the university to plan and consider any required value engineering to prevent the project from exceeding allocated budgets

All major technical and financial project risks were recorded and monitored throughout the design allowing management of risks

Preliminary builder’s work information was provided to the building team for their early consideration

Space planning around plant and equipment requiring future maintenance was our priority to ensure safe and easy access

Building Regulation and industry standard documents were referenced to provide compliant proposals.

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