The Old Bakery / Bath
Client: Deeley Freed / Sector: Student Residential / Project Value: £4m / Status: Ongoing / Stages: 2 – 6
We are currently working on this redevelopment project which is a former bakery site. Comprising of a 61-bed new-build student accommodation block including communal spaces and a “twodio” apartment. We are also providing an adjacent flexible commercial 4-storey new-build office building.
We are appointed on a Performance services basis to develop robust strategies for the development for planning, and then to develop these further into a set of Employers Requirements documents and drawings for tender. Then we are to be retained client side throughout contractor appointment, reviewing the successful contractors’ proposals and attending site during the construction phases to ensure that the works are being implemented in accordance with the ER’s. We will then attend site to witness commissioning and for the eventual handover of the buildings.
Working with Nash Partnership at the pre-planning stages we developed robust Energy & M&E strategies in order to achieve a successful planning consent around November 2018. The scheme incorporates electric heating, gas-fired hot water and PV panels on the roof of both the student and commercial buildings.
We developed a “Pod” design for the student bathrooms in order to standardise the bathroom layouts, improve manufacturing quality of the product and to save time and labour hours on site.
We also worked closely at an early stage of design with the steelwork fabricator as this was to be a metal-framed building. We undertook early 3D services modelling in Revit to demonstrate primary M&E services routes and to determine whether we had sufficient space below beams and within risers in order to satisfactorily distribute our services.
We obtained utility mapping records indicating existing services in the vicinity of the site and produced our own combined services drawings which we put on both the existing site and proposed site layout drawings. In doing this we were able to determine that a new entrance was to be formed onto the site which affected telecoms and electricity services that were currently within the footpath, but which would be beneath the new proposed access road. We obtained quotations both for new supplies of all services and for diversions and lowering of these identified services. We also met with the utility’s providers on site in order to determine the best way of bringing new supplies to site and to divert the existing services to facilitate the proposed development. We are also working with the Contractor to look at the best way of phasing the utilities works.