A breath of fresh air
The Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Hub
The 12,500m2 Urban Sciences Building is the first structure on the University’s 24 acre Science Central development on the city’s former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery Site. The facility includes a variety of high quality teaching and research spaces around a central collaborative forum, designed to welcome students, staff and members of the public into the building.
One of the main potential consumers of energy within the building is the treatment of supply air that is exhausted into the atmosphere. There is a key design incentive to reduce the air flow rates to the rooms served, whilst still maintaining the functionality of the room and meeting the environmental parameters.
Our engineering response will prioritise simple, yet effective ‘passive measures’, such as high standards of daylight and efficient MEP systems before considering more complex and expensive technologies.
Integrating air volume flow control systems within the laboratory ventilation systems will allow the air change rates for the rooms to be lowered, subject to the measured contaminants within the air stream. Fumes exhausted from the building are to be diluted by the ventilation system before being released to the atmosphere to eliminate the risk of contamination affecting both the Michael Uren Building, the adjacent A40 Westway and the surrounding buildings. The fume exhaust system will respond to the direction of the prevailing wind, allowing the velocity and volume of air exhausted to be lowered where possible to reduce energy consumption. Safety to personnel is the key requirement, however, and the system will operate at full volume capacity to dilute the contaminated air to eliminate any risk.
Buro Happold are really good on lab projects, and everything else we build is easier than that, so also well within their capabilities. We have good relationships with individuals in Buro Happold, and that isn’t just at project management level, but extends to our engineers talking well with their engineers on a day-to-day level.Richard Garfield, Senior Project Manager, Imperial College London
This pioneering biomedical hub is expected to attain BREEAM sustainable design certification and will feature a highly efficient servicing strategy, helping to establish Imperial West’s reputation as a state of the art research environment.