NG Bailey first to bring innovative new ventilation technology to the UK

The University of Exeter is to be the first in the country to benefit from a cutting-edge ventilation system, thanks to Yorkshire-based engineering, IT and facilities services specialists, NG Bailey.

The new technology will be installed at the campus’s new Living Systems Institute, a purpose-built multidisciplinary research centre for which Ilkley-headquartered NG Bailey has been awarded a £9.3 million mechanical and electrical (M&E) contract.

The split-level facility, comprising of two linked buildings – a nine-storey tower block and a six-storey slab block with three basement levels – will house a number of research laboratories as well as offices and teaching rooms.

The project will see NG Bailey – working alongside main contractor BAM Construction – design, build and install a full scope of M&E solutions for the new site, including the energy-efficient ventilation system.

The company undertook an extensive value engineering exercise in order to arrive at a solution that met both the university’s budget and its required technical specifications.

In order to achieve this feat, the M&E provisions from NG Bailey will also include solar panels and a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, which will reduce both running costs – through increased energy efficiency – and the environmental impact.

David Thomas, operations director for NG Bailey, said: “This is a significant and important project for us to have been awarded the contract for.

“The scheme does present a number of challenges but our wealth of experience in this area means we are perfectly placed to meet them head on.

“In addition to carrying out this work on a live university campus, in a city centre location, it is also the first time we will have worked with this innovative ventilation technology.

“In facilities like this, where laboratories require considerable ventilation provisions, increased energy efficiency results in significant savings. This new technology will recoup its initial outlay costs in a very short space of time.”

Mr Thomas added: “We’re very much looking forward to commencing work alongside BAM Construction on this world class research facility.”

The project is due to commence in October and complete in early 2016.

Exeter Living Systems Institute InteriorView_Final_HighRes
Exeter Living Systems Institute interior

 

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