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Christ Church Boathouse

Christ Church’s Boat House is located at the apex of the Cherwell and Thames. It is home the college’s famous Boat Club, first established in 1817.

This project by Montgomery Architects saw the complete renovation of the gym, modernisation of services within the boat store and workshops, and a new punt store extension created. The terrace and gym enjoy stunning views across the rivers, a nice respite from the tough training regimes for the rowing teams.

Mechanical and electrical services were replaced, with new heating, domestic water, ventilation, above ground drainage, lighting, power, fire alarm and access control systems. The project was completed over two phases, to reduce disruption to the rowers.

 

Malet Street Building Remodel, Birkbeck University

CBG consultants were employed by Birkbeck University to provide mechanical and electrical consultancy services for two projects at their Malet Street building in Central London.

The ground floor classroom remodel project consisted of the expansion and upgrade of 4 no. teaching spaces, including heating, ventilation, small power, data and lighting design. The existing spaces were refurbished and expanded to increase occupancies and offer teaching facilities to cater for an increased student intake. Challenging factors of the project included the implementation of localised mechanical ventilation to the spaces in lieu of the existing openable window strategy to cater for the increased occupancy in line with Part F of the building regulations. Perimeter dado trunking and distribution to integral desk sockets for small power and data was also designed.

The Fourth Floor IT suite project involved the refurbishment of existing teaching spaces to be reused as computer labs. Increased occupancy and change of use of the space meant the requirement for localised ventilation and cooling provisions along with a more complex small power and data design. CBG investigated the existing services provisions to check for potential re-use and any opportunity to strip out any redundant services as well as identifying feasible plant and riser space for a dedicated VRF cooling system to be installed.

 

Library Refurbishment, University of Warwick

CBG worked with the University of Warwick on the phased refurbishment of their central campus library.

The building dates from the 1960s, and the facilities had become dated. Each floor was reorganised, with new rolling rack shelving, desks, break-out areas and ICT. CBG worked to develop new M&E services designs to support the layouts, with improved lighting, ventilation and controls. The existing ceiling and slab heights posed a considerable constraint.

The project brief and design was developed to enable a phased refurbishment of the building, with one floor taken out of use during each summer period. The other floors of the library had to remain in use, with disruption to power or ventilation systems kept to defined out of hours periods.

Photographer: Overbury PLC

 

University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

The new student residences will be built on the current University of Creative Arts, Farnham campus and will provide accommodation for 252 students in typical cluster flat arrangements.

The typical cluster bedrooms have been designed as groups of four, six or eight and housed within five buildings across the steeply sloped site.

Rather than follow a prescribed sustainability agenda such as BREEAM, CBG worked closely with the University to develop a bespoke sustainability policy that should maximise the benefits of low energy design and a low cost in use.

CBG developed a centralised energy strategy that included a combined heat and power unit and new infrastructure through they whole development.

Knights Park, Kingston University

The Kingston University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture is recognised as one of the best art and design schools in the teaching and research world.

The faculty’s position amongst the top art and design schools is confirmed by subject rankings, research performance, industry and student awards, the leading brands and institutions that choose to work with them. In order to maintain this world reputation the facilities are being subject to significant refurbishment and upgrade to modern standards.

The New Extension building has gone largely untouched since the 1970’s and much of the internal building fabric and service had reached the end of its design life.

The project involves a comprehensive refurbishment and remodelling of all areas including enhancing shared spaces, improving circulation, rationalising existing spaces to ensure optimises space planning. All services are being replaced and upgraded to the latest energy efficiency standards.

The building fabric has been subject to significant upgrades to the thermal envelope including the introduction of improved solar performance on the south façades and inclusion of brise soliel.

Images supplied by Haworth Tompkins

Lionel Robbins Building, London School of Economics

CBG were employed to deliver multiple works for the London School of Economics, Lionel Robbins Building over a 5 year period, projects include:

WC Refurbishment – (2013)
Refurbishment of the WCs within the main library. The building was originally designed by Foster and Partners and the refurbishment has been designed to be in keeping with the original design. The WC drainage and soil stack connections throughout the building were replaced and rerouted through the existing building using galvanised steel pipework. The WCs were completely refitted with all lighting and electrical systems also replaced.

4th Floor Refurbishment – (2015)
This project completed the refurbishment of the 4th Floor of the library. The refurbished spaces included silent and group study areas for students, Academic Services group offices and a PhD Academy area. A mixed-mode ventilation system was designed for the spaces utilising both natural and mechanical ventilation strategies

LSE Life – (2016)
Refurbishment of the Ground Floor of the LSE Library to allow the incorporation of the LSE Life centre – a multidisciplinary collaborative space. The refurbished spaces housed front of house library services, offices, a new comms room and LSE LiFE provision. Demand controlled mechanical ventilation systems were designed for the spaces, utilising CO2 detection for activation.

Building Energy Strategy – (2016)
CBG were commissioned to model the building and occupancy using dynamic thermal modelling techniques. Using this output together with site based measurements and plant surveys CBG developed an energy strategy to consider operations of plant, energy saving/carbon reduction and occupancy comfort.

 

“CBG consultants has been on the LSE Consultant’s Framework for the last three years. Their M&E commissions have been associated with teaching spaces, staff accommodation, library and halls of residences. CBG are always available and accommodating on our demanding project, we greatly appreciated the face to face contract they offered on site. Their quick ability to consolidate and respond to queries from all members of the design team as well as the contractor are instrumental to the progress of this project on a tight deadline. We would recommend them to our HE colleagues and will continue to work with them again on our future projects.”
Martyn Fisher, Assistant Director, London School of Economics

Towers 1, 2 & 3 London School of Economics

CBG were employed to deliver multiple works for the London School of Economics, LSE Towers over a 5 year period:

Towers 1 & 2
Reorganisation and refurbishment of the ground floor of Towers 1 and 2 on the LSE campus to create a new common entrance central reception for both buildings. The new space included a reception, access controlled gates into the buildings, a coffee shop, accessible WC, two meeting rooms and exhibition spaces in the lift lobbies of both towers.

CBG were responsible for the preparation of employers requirements specifications. CBG designed the full electrical, mechanical and public health systems within the building which included significant due diligence on the existing services running through the space to identify which services needed to be retained and which needed to be removed / relocated.

Tower 3
Reorganisation of entrance area to provide improved access and communication for visitors.

CBG were responsible for intrusive surveys and designs of M&E services.

 

“CBG consultants has been on the LSE Consultant’s Framework for the last three years. Their M&E commissions have been associated with teaching spaces, staff accommodation, library and halls of residences. CBG are always available and accommodating on our demanding project, we greatly appreciated the face to face contract they offered on site. Their quick ability to consolidate and respond to queries from all members of the design team as well as the contractor are instrumental to the progress of this project on a tight deadline. We would recommend them to our HE colleagues and will continue to work with them again on our future projects.”
Martyn Fisher, Assistant Director, London School of Economics

 

The Southwell Building – Axis Point

The Turbo Machinery Research department was originally housed in a former power station that provided inadequate space for research.

The University purchased an industrial building for specialist adaption. The project consisted of inserting a mezzanine to the building and internal alterations to accommodate the Department’s specific needs including compressed air, power and hydraulic requirements.

We were engaged by Oxford University Estates Services to provide the technical and electrical consultancy services associated with the relocation project. Services included: HV and LV distribution, structured IT, high pressure compressed air and vacuum systems, cooling systems and air supply systems for the research rigs.

We are currently working on a follow-on extension project to provide a new computer house, due for completion in 2019.

Varley Halls, University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a blooming, multi-campus coastal university. Due to it’s growing academic popularity, there was a demand to expand its student residential blocks.

Varley Halls is the university’s largest hall residence, with rooms for nearly 500 students. CBG were engaged by Leadbitter Construction to undertake this exciting project, helping to improve student accommodation provision.

The project involved full dynamic modelling and detailed energy assessment for design and build contractor proposals. CBG provided services within three new residential blocks, Hub building and CHP/Boiler energy centre, compliant with the employers requirements.

Luther Court, Thames Street, Oxford

CBG worked with A2 Dominion on this mixed use development in central Oxford.

The project comprises of four blocks, three of these are for social and affordable housing, incorporating 42 apartments and the fourth block is for student accommodation for Oxford Brookes University, with 78 en-suite rooms split across five storeys. Heating and hot water is provided by a centralised CHP boiler, with heat interface units provided to each apartment. These allow residents to pay for their energy costs using a pre-payment metering system.