NLG Associates were appointed by Higgins Construction with RPS Architects to provide a multi-discipline design for a 104 unit mixed use development with concierge and a commercial block comprising of a nursery and office space.
Our project brief was to provide mechanical, electrical and public health services, providing advice on Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) energy requirements for CO2 emission reductions and energy efficiency. As part of our hidden value principles, NLG Associates carried out full SAP calculations for all apartments in each block using IES VE interfaced JPA Software.
Following a pre-planning energy report, a strategy was devised to comply with CfSH Level 4. 25% of CO2 emissions and reductions from calculated baseline emissions was achieved by utilising a central boiler plant with the introduction of a wood chip boiler to meet planning requirements.
Further to discussions with the design team, client and developer, NLG Associates were able to omit the basement level plant room and locate all plant and fuel store at ground floor level.
Internal communal corridors were kept cool by using multi layer pipework and good quality insulation to avoid corridor overheating. This aspect of our design was very important to the end user.
The electrical services included lighting, small power, fire safety and security systems, emergency lighting, telephone systems, plant power and control Sky Plus.
Safety systems including fire alarm, automatic smoke ventilation systems and lightning protection. Externally, secure security including CCTV, private and adopted road lighting, plant room, amenity and landlord services lighting.
Water and electricity supplies to the apartments were designed to provide easy access for metering / billing purposes and in compliance with Utility services providers.