Testing & Research
The mechanical and electrical engineering requirements for modern high-specification science laboratories and research facilities can be stringent and demanding.
We use the knowledge and experience gained in working for leading academic institutions and blue-chip businesses to create working and learning environments that are leaner, greener, and cleaner. For example, our mechanical and electrical design for the Hatchcroft Building at Middlesex University was based on modelling created by the use of computational fluid dynamics and thermal analysis option appraisal. As a result the building, which houses biomedical, psychology, computing science, and sport science teaching facilities, emits nearly 25 per cent less CO2 than an equivalent 2006 Part L2A Building Regulations compliant building.
The design strategies used included a closed loop ground source heat pump, solar hot water panels, gas-fired combined heat and power, intelligent lighting control systems, variable speed drives on fan and pump motors, very high levels of building fabric thermal efficiency, air tightness detailing, and thermal mass and night-time cooling.
Similarly, our work on Nottingham Trent University’s Superlab created an environment to house high-specification laboratories and equipment in support of chemistry and bioscience teaching and research activities in the University's School of Science and Technology. The project achieved a BREEAM rating of 'Very Good'.