Location Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Services Building services engineering
Client Brunel University
Architect YRM Architects
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The Mary Seacole Building takes pride as the ‘Eastern Gateway’ to the Uxbridge Campus of Brunel University. The occupants are students and trainees to the healthcare profession, relocated from their old facility at the Osterley Campus. The building provides Brunel University with a facility that delivers lower energy usage than other buildings at the campus.
The building has four imposing storeys, over two separate wings, enclosing a full height central atrium which follows the curve of the northern external façade. It provides a facility for the training of healthcare professionals, accommodating a practical ‘skills’ room, teaching and administration areas, including those training in areas of physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Cundall’s skills in designing low energy education facilities were recognised with this commission for the building services design. Acting as M&E design consultants, we were responsible for the detailed design, following the successful submission by the main building contractor, Cundall adopted the role of lead or ‘watching’ consultant over-seeing site works.
From the outset, the project placed heavy emphasis on low energy usage leading to a naturally ventilated building, making use of an exposed thermal mass inherent to the structure. The fully glazed façade to the office wing was modeled and re-orientated to optimise natural lighting while ensuring that the space would not overheat, while avoiding expensive external solar shading. The automatically operated windows provide night-time cooling of the structural slab, and this thermal mass prevents overheating during the daytime. Condensing boilers and daylight-linked lighting complete the design to provide a sustainable, low-energy solution in a high-quality environment.
The redevelopment of the university’s main library was part of the major redevelopment of Durham University’s Stockton Road Campus. The project involved the demolition of the existing library’s east wing, to allow for the new extension, and partial refurbishment of the existing library.
The BRIT School project involved the construction of a new two storey music and dance facility housed within an extension building to the existing main school building.
The relocation of diverse elements of Central St Martins College of Art and Design (CSM) into a new central campus on the 61 acre Kings Cross goods yard redevelopment was a major undertaking for the college and university.
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