Phased refurbishment of the Grade I Listed student accommodation within the historic setting of Christ Church Peckwater for the University of Oxford.

The project included a complete overhaul of three blocks. M&E services were fully renewed, including a new heating system with gas fired boilers and new primary and secondary distribution, calorifiers, radiators and controls. Thermostatic radiator valves were fitted to each bedroom, chosen in a heritage style where appropriate. New lighting and wiring was installed, with low energy LED fittings carefully sourced to be in keeping with the historic building. Samples were obtained of each light fitting, for approval by the college, and Local Authority conservation officer where necessary. The electrical distribution is designed to allow separate metering of each bedroom suite, allowing occupants to view their energy consumption using a webpage.

On the building fabric side, the entire roof was renewed, to allow for the installation of new thermal insulation. CBG evaluated the performance of this in the context of the heat loss calculations and likely energy reductions. An opportunity was taken to install concealed lightning protection tapes while the roof was removed. Other fabric improvements included window repairs, the provision of new doors to the staircase entrance, and general making good of past wear and tear.

The project was successfully completed ready for the new student intake in September 2016. Many of the projects follow the implementation of an energy masterplan, which CBG developed with the college. This takes a holistic look at the site, and plans for future phases of work when plant capacities are determined. CBG undertook the ESOS (Energy Savings and Opportunities Scheme) site assessment in 2015, we are now working with the college to help prioritise future energy improvements for the site from this.

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