Sector: Education

University of Plymouth – Davy Building Laboratories

Project Description

A £1.4m replacement and upgrade of the mechanical and electrical services at the University’s Davy Building

The scheme comprised full refurbishment of twelve, 1st and 5th floor laboratories and associated lecture rooms and offices

A successful £1.4m replacement and upgrade of twelve specialist laboratories, associated lecture rooms and offices within an occupied building

Project Involvement

SDS were commissioned to undertake the detailed design of the building engineering services for the works

The refurbishment and facilities enhancement included the existing specialist laboratories, clean room, acid room, associated lecture rooms, offices, associated circulation, public space and
sanitary amenities

The scheme re-provided a number of specialist mechanical and electrical systems, IT and the AV infrastructure

Services included upgrade of the laboratory gases, compressed air systems, local exhaust ventilation, fume cupboards, cooling to the specialist laboratory equipment, vacuum system and reverse osmosis water system

Duties covered the review of peak summertime conditions and the implications of equipment heat gains

The assessment included prediction of future climate change effecting the environmental conditioning equipment selection

SDS liaised with the client, department head, end-user and specialist to establish the full brief and functional requirements and co-ordination of the end-users’ specialist laboratory equipment

Project Benefits

All work was designed to be carried out minimising disruption to the existing mechanical and electrical services for the building and to the continued use of the adjoining areas within the occupied departments

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