NTU Engineering Building, Nottingham

Client: Nottingham Trent University 

The two-storey development features a range of engineering, teaching and research spaces, together with a large design suite, IT suite, offices and amenity facilities. The development also includes the creation of a new ‘Institute of Industrial Digitalisation, Robotics and Automation’.

The building is designed to be in the top 10% of sustainable buildings in the UK and provides an energy efficient facility with an EPC A rating and a BREEAM excellent accreditation. Only the top 10% of new non-domestic buildings are built to a BREEAM excellent rating, with the accreditation being regarded as ‘best practice’.

BEC provided full electrical detailed design duties that comprised of highly efficient LED lighting, a complex Dali lighting control system and new security systems with full integration into the existing campus systems where necessary.

Exposed services in the majority of the building were a challenge, but designing, modelling, and working in close collaboration with the Architect have resulted in a perfectly coordinated and aesthetically pleasing final design.

Duties: Detail design for the electrical contractor in REVIT.

The Newark Academy, Nottinghamshire

Client: Department for Education Funding Agency & Kier Construction

The Newark Academy development, situated in Newark, Nottinghamshire, is a 1320 capacity mixed secondary school with sixth form provision, which is formed principally of two new buildings, the main teaching block and a modern sports block.

The project consists of a rectilinear building construction with central courtyard which meets the stringent Education Funding Authority’s requirements for fresh air and heat recovers as well as natural day lighting.

Five open plan spaces for Information Communication Technology (ICT) have been created adjacent to the main teaching areas and the single storey dining room has been designed to wrap around three sides of the large courtyard maximising the access to natural light. The smaller area of the superblock provides an external space for learning for Learning Resources Centre (LRC) and Special Education Needs (SEN) requirements. This approach overcame challenges set by limited budgets.

The sports block contains a four-court sports hall, activity studio, fitness suit and changing rooms along with outdoor sport pitches and a modern MUGA (Multi-use-games-area).

Duties:  Stage 5 design, including thermal modelling and dynamic simulations to prove compliance.

Nerrols School, Sunesis Dewey 2FEN, Somerset

Client: Sunesis

A new two storey, two form entry primary school with additional onsite nursery and playing field based un Tauton, Somerset.  The school is built on a farm site and is adjacent to a new housing development.  Sunesis designed schools offer a fast, cost effective predesigned build approach to schools.  This project was built in conjunction with Willmott Dixon Construction. 

Duties: Concept design in 3D using Revit, including SBEM, followed by reviewing contractors design and installation.

Research Building, Brunel University

Client: Brunel University

The new two-storey teaching block development features a range of classrooms, lecture theatres, a library, administration spaces and IT suites.

BEC provided full electrical and mechanical detailed design duties comprising highly efficient LED lighting, mixed mode ventilation strategy, high efficiency boilers and the introduction of photovoltaic panels (PV) to the library roof area. All solutions were developed to maximise value for money for the University and to ensure high quality, operational efficiency and compliance at all times.

The project achieved 10% reduction in CO2 over building regulation, which provided an annual energy saving.

Duties: Detailed design for the electrical and mechanical services contractor in REVIT.

Consultancy, electrical and mechanical design from RIBA Workstage three through to five. Site attendance for quality control, snagging, and commissioning witnessing. Design included thermal modelling with SBEM/EPC once built.

Murray Park Community School, Derby

Client: Wates Construction

The project includes a new build 15 classroom block, as well as a refurbishment of multiple areas within the existing school required to accommodate an additional 600 pupils.

It contains a reception area, 15 classrooms, a library and several new offices for the staff.

The expansion, which is being funded by Derby City Council, will increase pupil capacity from 840 to 1,500 across year groups seven to 11, with an annual admission rising to a maximum of 330 pupils every year.

Duties: Stage 4a design, reviewing contractors design proposals and witness testing.

London Preschool, Wandsworth

Client: London Preschool

New nursery facility constructed within a retail shell at the base of an apartment block. BEC was appointed as client’s consultant to provide a performance specification and strategy for MEP services. As well as, review the contractor’s designs and to provide site reviews.

The MEP services include full AC and heat recovery ventilation to combat overheating and cater for a very deep plan building. The sensory room is particularly interesting with many fun features such as smoke machines and sound activated LED lighting systems.

Duties: Concept Stage 3 design, including thermal modelling and dynamic simulations to prove compliance.

Kineton High School, Warwickshire

Architect: Lungfish

BIM Level II, new science block facility catering for secondary school children forming the first phase of a two-phase extension programme. 1,000m2 two storey building with eight classrooms and laboratories to teach the core science curriculum subjects, prep rooms, chemical stores and circulation spaces. Constructed on the existing high school campus in Kineton, Warwickshire as part of a refurbishment scheme. The existing school science building was stripped out and refurbished to create new teaching spaces as part of the new block development. The new science block is designed to be a low energy school incorporating the most up to date science technologies with natural ventilation strategy and full LED lighting scheme.

Duties: Full detail design, including thermal modelling, natural ventilation modelling and strip out/refurbishment works.

Hinckley Academy, Leicestershire

Architect: YMD Boon

This project consists of a new reception and admin base located within the existing music area. Furthermore, a change of use and a refurbishment of the existing languages area to music classrooms which were altered to suit the new music requirements. The languages area was relocated to another part of the school.

BEC designed the M&E services strategy for the refurbishment of three areas within the existing school. The scheme also involved complete replacement of all mechanical and electrical installations to the affected areas.

Duties: Full detail design, including assessment of existing infrastructure and site monitoring.

Heathcote Primary School, Warwickshire

Client: Warwickshire County Council

Architect: Lungfish

BIM Level II,  two-phase new build 16 classroom 2FE school with hall, kitchen and catering facilities. Constructed on newly acquired site in Warwick, Warwickshire. The school was designed to be a low energy school with natural ventilation strategy, full LED lighting scheme and photovoltaic renewables strategy.

Duties: Full detail design, including thermal modelling and natural ventilation modelling.