Services: Mechanical, Electrical & Public Health, Sustainability & Building Physics, Digital Engineering
Complete refurbishment of 13 storey 1970s office block with the conversion and extension of the 1st and 14th floor plantrooms to lettable office space. The constraints of this building were the limited floor to ceiling heights and the limited central plant area. Each floor was provided with heating and cooling across the floor plates by means of VRF systems.
The refurbishment was undertaken to ensure that the works achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good. FHP ensured that existing electrical supplies were replaced for each separate tenant space to ensure maximum flexibility to the space available and to ensure billing was simple. All the lighting was installed to be LG7 compliant with accompanying controls providing presence detection and day light dimming.
The Role of FHP
FHP were employed by the client to undertake RIBA / BSRIA stages 1-6 with detailed design to RIBA / BSRIA Stage 4a and remaining client side for the remainder of the project. FHP supported the contractor through stages 4b – 5 and assisted with the project management of the MEP services install.
As in many 1970’s office blocks one of the biggest challenges was infrastructure and vertical spatial requirements. The building had various HV supplies that required to be simplified and redistributed. FHP liaised with the DNO on behalf of the client to carry out this element of works.
The floor to ceiling heights were a particular concern in this building, however through planning in Revit in the concept stages we were able to select the correct plant and equipment to ensure the building would work given the restrictions.