The University of Birmingham’s Collaborative Teaching Laboratory project is a three-storey, 72,120 sq ft purpose-built facility. The state-of-the-art building includes facilities such as a wet lab, dry lab and e-lab.
The team attended various collaborative workshops with Morgan Sindall, Couch Perry Wilkes and the client to fully understand the requirements of the scheme, at an early stage and assisted in the validation and completion of the design. This optimisation process resulted in £750k worth of savings.
This new facility brings together practical teaching activities across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines and represents an investment of over £40 million in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects by the University. It allows both undergraduate and postgraduate students to benefit from a transformational teaching, in a space designed to encourage and facilitate collaborative and inter-disciplinary working.
Imtech has had an ongoing relationship with the University of Hertfordshire since 2015. The University is a modern education establishment based in Hatfield, where we have had a team permanently working on the campus since 2015. As part of the University’s 2020 Vision we have been undertaking the replacement of the existing fire alarm system across its College Lane campus.
The project has been delivered in phases:
Phase 1 – 2016 – replacement of the existing fire alarm system in four buildings
Refitting four University buildings during the summer semester break, with all buildings remaining in use during the day, meant undertaking night works to minimise disruption for students and university staff.
Phase 2 & 3 – 2017- 2018 – replacement of fire alarm system on additional six buildings
The upgrade works were undertaken in a live university environment with over 10,000 staff and students going about their daily business. To ensure fire safety, the exiting fire alarms had to be kept online at all times, whilst undertaking the replacement project.
Imtech were engaged for an additional scope of work including the LED lighting replacement in the Learning Resource Centre and an air conditioning plant replacement across the campus. We recommended upgrading the existing lighting to improve the look, energy efficiency and to reduce maintenance costs. Designing and installing a wireless control system in collaboration with Phillips, we installed over 600 new lights.
Following the success of the initial phase being delivered on schedule and budget, we were contracted to undertake the replacement of fire alarm systems on a further six buildings. Every building now has a touch screen front of house, allowing the fire alarm panels to move to back of house, ensuring safety across campus and an aesthetically improved Reception area. Furthermore, we have secured the PCSA for phases 5 & 6 to complete the fire alarm system upgrade.
The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is a state-of-the-art music and teaching venue consisting of 9,500m2 of teaching spaces, performance venues, workshops and recording studios. Imtech was engaged to deliver the full mechanical and electrical services to the building.
In the early stages of this project, our team worked closely with client Galliford Try to develop the fully integrated programme and review the buildability strategy. This included maximising the opportunities for off-site manufacture, along with ensuring the construction programme was adapted to accommodate the pre-fabricated packages. For example, the concrete roof slab sequence was modified to enable prefabricated risers to be lowered down through the building and construction was phased to allow prefabricated skids to be installed in the plantroom. The nature of the building also presented some challenging design requirements in terms of the humidity levels and acoustic requirements.
The project was successfully delivered on time and budget with innovative solutions created to the challenges presented by this unique project. Key to the project success was ensuring that the design of the ventilation systems achieved the critical temperature and humidity levels required, achieved by taking a full dynamic thermal model of every room. We also delivered the project meeting the acoustic performance considerations of the building, the noise criteria in a number of areas was as low as PNC15, which required extreme care and consideration in the design and construction of the MEP services.
Letham Primary was constructed at the heart of a new build community in which 800 new homes are in the process of being established. The new School was built to meet the increased demand for primary and nursery placements within the Haddington area and comprises of 14 classrooms for pre-school and primary teaching, a dining hall, social space and a two-court PE hall with retractable seating for performance and community use.
Imtech undertook the mechanical and electrical installation for this new building. Working closely with the main contractor Morrison Construction, the MEP designer and the client East Lothian Council, the team ensured the M&E services were procured, installed and completed to budget, meeting the planned build programme.
The project was completed within the required timescale with a slight extension due to the Covid Pandemic, however a fast-track programme was developed to ensure the project would progress quickly and to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
“Everyone involved in the Letham Primary School project deserves recognition for coming together to create a fantastic new school despite the ongoing pandemic.”
Eddie Robertson, Managing Director for Morrison Construction
Imtech were appointed by Galliford Try to deliver the building services installation in a new three-storey learning and teaching centre for Durham University. Located at the heart of the University it provides a world-class environment. Alongside the new lecture and teaching rooms the Centre will utilise leading and emerging technologies that allow students to share courses in real time with Institutions around the world.
From the outset Imtech worked collaboratively with Galliford Try to design and deliver the building services installation to the facility, including a 500-seat lecture theatre. A key element of the design was to ensure that it carefully fitted into the surrounding area and did not impair the views of Durham’s World Heritage Site. Due to its location and being a Heritage Site, the building was subject to height restrictions in places, this meant that many of the services had to be fitted into tight spaces within the service zones, ceiling voids and floors. Further challenges were presented by the MEP services being built ‘back to front’ with the plant room and switch rooms being installed last.
The new building has established Durham University as an innovation hub for education. As a challenging project we successfully attained EPC A rating and BREEAM Excellent and due to the shape of the building all the services were hidden by Cofed ceilings, requiring an meticulous level of project co-ordination. Key to the project’s success was the use of BIM Level 2, delivered in house that enabled structural and co-ordination challenges to be overcome.