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Wolfson College, Buttery Refurbishment – Oxford

Wolfson College is a post-graduate college, forming part of Oxford University.

Its unique site on the river Cherwell was designed by Powell and Moya, and completed in 1974. The architectural integrity has been carefully preserved, recognised by its Grade II Listed status.

CBG Consultants were selected to undertake the careful remodelling and refurbishment of the Buttery, stripping back more recent interventions to provide a high quality multi-function space.

A bespoke lighting system was developed with Spectral Lighting, with profiles created to exactly fit the exposed concrete structural bays. Colour temperature can be varied to suit different times of day and uses of the space, using a simple touch screen system. A high quality Audio Visual system is concealed within the timber panelling and slatted ceiling, and makes the facility attractive for external lettings. New mechanical ventilation, heating and domestic water services have been provided, together with a fully refurbished servery.

Images supplied by Spectral Lighting part of RIDI Group

Christ Church Cathedral

CBG Consultants were appointed by Christ Church, for the phased renovation of the Cathedral in 2017.

Dating from the 12th Century, the Grade I Listed Cathedral was last rewired in the mid 1990s. A proposed project to clean and restore the high level building fabric gave the opportunity to renew electrical distribution and the lighting installation, which had become dated.

We worked closely with the Cathedral’s nominated lighting designer, and Purcell Architects, to develop the new electrical infrastructure proposals. This had to be installed over several phases of work whilst the Cathedral remained in use. Much of the servicing of the building is done using the high-level clerestory walkways. While these provide a convenient route, they also pose a risk to maintenance personnel, with access available only with safety harnesses to two people at a time. We developed a scheme to minimise the need to access these walkways, by locating the drivers and power supplies for the lighting system in central locations away from the clerestories. These are more likely to require future maintenance than the light fittings themselves.

We designed a new central battery emergency lighting system, bringing the building up to compliance with current regulations. Night time validation was undertaken to record delivered illuminance levels.

Phases 1 and 2 of the project are now complete, with the design of Phases 3 and 4 due to start later in 2019.

Queen Street and St Aldate’s, Oxford – Student Accommodation

We were appointed by Christ Church, to act as their Technical Advisors for the development of this scheme by Reef Estates in a Joint Venture with Oxford City Council.

The project included the construction of over 130 en-suite student bedrooms, overlooking the historic Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford. Bedrooms are grouped into clusters, with communal kitchen/diners. Other facilities include a gym, cinema, and social spaces.

The five storey building was constructed on a constrained site, with the original façade of the St Aldates elevation retained. In addition to the student accommodation, the ground floor incorporates three large retail units with street frontages.

The student accommodation is partly managed by Christ Church, with the remainder directly let on the market. Services and circulation routes are zoned accordingly.

2018 Oxford Preservation Trust Winner

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