Standardisation in services engineering
Unusually, the main plant rooms are at a low level to the rear of the building, where they integrate with the fuel cell and central cooling pod system. So there is no mechanical plant to hide on the roofs, leaving them free for private planted terraces and gardens.
BAM Services Engineering worked closely with BAM Design to develop, install and commission all mechanical and electrical services throughout the building. Standardisation was a key element of this, to ensure that installations were as efficient as possible.
For example, BAM used pre-fabricated valve sets for the 750 fan coil units, saving over 12 weeks installation time, as well as modular for wiring local power and lighting control systems. Services engineers worked directly from the BIM 3D model and used a laser setting out station to position electrical sockets and ancillary items.
The ten air handling units on the project deliver over 70 cubic metres of fresh air every second to the fully mechanically ventilated spaces. Smart controls and CO2 monitoring are used to optimise air quality and temperature in line with the occupancy of the building.