Senate House

Student Union Hub with Commercial Kitchen and Food Court
University of Bristol
Project Role:
Building Services Design
Working with: 
UoB Capital Projects, Priddy Engineering Services Ltd, Kier Construction, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Circa £9 million

As one of the framework consultants for the University of Bristol, we have been happy to work with them on many of their recent developments. This project at Senate House, undertook the refurbishment and extension of an existing 7-storey building in the centre of the University of Bristol Campus. New facilities include a full commercial kitchen, double height atrium containing new food court, Student Union café/bar, Student Union Hub, Offices and a new information point in the centre of campus.

Included within the scope was replacement of the primary boiler plant to supply the entire building. Exposed building services were designed and installed throughout.  We worked within an existing, live building, maintaining services on floors 1 to 5 throughout the contract period. Scope of services included:

  • LV services including life safety secondary supplies to evacuation lift
  • Primary LV switchgear and metering
  • Roof mounted PV
  • Small power Services
  • General lighting and feature lighting
  • Dali 2.0 lighting control system
  • Central battery emergency lighting system
  • Centralised Door Access
  • Networked Fire Alarm System
  • Disabled Refuge System
  • Disabled WC System
  • Cat6 data network with diverse fibre backbone (WAN) and new Comms Room
  • Entire central boiler plant replacement supplying heat load in excess of 1000 kW
  • Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) installation to provide comfort cooling to central Student Union Bar
  • Air conditioning via central air handling units to SU Hub and Dining areas, incorporating DX heat pumps for heating and cooling and cross-flow plate heat exchangers
  • Full commercial kitchen design, including 4m3/s ventilation system
  • Natural gas distribution and safety interlocks
  • LTHW distribution serving radiator systems
  • Natural ventilation to offices and communal areas
  • Domestic hot water central plant replacement and distribution to all new and refurbished areas

All MEP systems designed to University of Bristol generic project requirements with off-site monitoring and integration.

This challenging project completed just before Christmas 2020 and the whole project team are delighted with the stunning results.

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