Sector: Education

University of Plymouth – Derriford Research Facility

Project Description

£14m 3,463m2 , 4-storey BREEAM Excellent research facility building for the Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry, providing state of the art health, education and bioscience
research facilities

General office and administration areas, general and protonic laboratory, imagining facility, tissue culture labs, rat holding rooms, physiology, viral holding rooms, cage wash, category 2
and 3 laboratories, operating suite, biomedical research and ancillary areas

Designed to meet Home Office approval and received their validation

Design included specialist laboratory ventilation and control system including pressure regimes with magnehelic gauges, fume cupboard extract systems, compressed air, specialist laboratory gases, liquid nitrogen, provision of infrastructure to specialist laboratory equipment, HEPA filtration, gas detection and shut-off systems, laboratory water and specialist drainage

Built to underpin the University of Plymouth’s outstanding performance on the Research Excellence Framework

Project Involvement

Undertook the full detailed mechanical and electrical building services design for this specialist research and teaching laboratory facility

Prepared detailed design information in Revit MEP to inform the Building Information Model. Undertake thermal, daylight and energy models

Due to the highly technical nature of the equipment, we attended user group meetings to ensure laboratory gas provision, room data sheets and laboratory equipment were adequately catered for within the design

Designed the Terminal supply air with HEPA filtration system to the CL2 and CL3 specialist laboratory, ISO Class 8 to the surgical suite and grade F9 filtration to the ventilation to the IN Vivo facility, and holding rooms with thimble connections

We undertook detailed design of all laboratory gases and systems and all specialist mechanical services associated with client laboratory equipment

Design of CHP hydraulic arrangements and control strategy, review of contractor proposals and development of VAV control strategies.

Project Benefits

Worked with contractors Kier and TClarke, as part of a collaborative design team, to provide early review of plant and services distribution routes to overcome co-ordination
challenges

Addressed spatial requirements, primary service runs were generated in Revit MEP and incorporated into the architectural model enabling successfully resolution in a timely manner

Close communication and co-ordination with the University of Plymouth clinicians to develop the client brief into a full technical design proposal

Captured the complex requirements of client laboratory fixtures, fitting and equipment, assessed the impact on design and provided resolution for incorporation into the scheme

Early identification of infrastructure capacity issues to enable preemptive decision making on site layout and distribution plant locations

Set-up technical submittals procedure for simple sign-off by client technical advisors

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