Merchant Venturers Builder IT Lab
University of Bristol
Project Role:
Building Services Design
Working with: 
Capital Projects, Aztec, 21CBS, Envira-mech, Core Group 
Value: circa £2.7m

A very tight timescale project to facilitate the opening of a new Computer Teaching Laboratory for the University in time for opening in the Sept 2019 term.

Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the MVB building were all affected by the refurbishment, which involved the relocation of existing 90 seater labs, room reconfigurations and alterations to make way for a new 200 seater teaching lab, Student Study Space and welfare facilities.

The area for the new Teaching Lab required a full strip out and new M&E installations along with new AV equipment. Additional mechanical ventilation was required and close liaison needed with the Facilities Management team to understand existing systems and the limitations regarding area available for new plantwork and ductwork.

Limited natural light was available in the space and lighting levels were key to ensure areas met University standards.

Work could only take place within the 2019 summer break and with no alternative spaces for teaching, there could be absolutely no slippage in programme.

Parts of the 6-storey building not involved with the refurbishment programme were occupied during the works, therefore noise and vibration had to be kept to a minimum during the refurbishment, with noisy works being first agreed with other building users.

A complete Cat 6A data network along with 2 new data cabinets were installed strictly in line with the University’s General Project Requirements.

High ceilings enabled the design to incorporate exposed services.

The project involved a high level of coordination with IT/AV equipment to ensure each of the 200-seater teaching spaces fully integrated with the teaching lectern and projection screen.

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