Management School, Liverpool

To deliver MEP works to the new build and refurbishment project at University of Liverpool’s Management School

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The Project

HE Simm were responsible for the MEP works on the new 4 storey 3000m2 extension to an existing academic building and refurbishment to parts of the Chatham Building at the University of Liverpool, Management School.

The project consists of 2 phases. The first phase is a brand new extension to the existing building, which uses a variety of low carbon engineering solutions such as photovoltaics and solar hot water along with water saving cisterns and modulating control valves. The main source of heat is generated from the Universities central energy centre and is fed to the new building via a district heating main which is supplied by others. As part of our works we were responsible for the connection on to the district heating mains and providing heating around the building feeding VT and CT circuits, which supplements radiant panels, radiators, trench heaters, over door heaters and fan coil units. A chilled water system is also installed within the building providing air conditioning to various areas throughout the building. The building has energy saving LED lights installed throughout to help maintain the eco-friendly feel throughout the building. Fire alarm, security, high speed data and CCTV systems are also installed throughout the building.

We employed both mechanical and electrical apprentices for the duration of the scheme and over 90% of our workforce were from the local area.

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Project Objectives

The objective of the scheme was to provide a world class teaching environment to offer to it’s existing students and to attract new students, and offering an enjoyable experience of coming to study and learn.

We achieved this by working hand in hand direct with the University and its staff to make sure their high expectations were satisfied.

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Project Challenges

The project was built on the site of an existing university grounds, which led to various constraints on the amount of noise we could make during the construction phase and be mindful of the local stakeholders when working in the area. This was acheived by engaging with the main contractor and the key stakeholders to agree appropriate schedules to complete specific client requirements and when to deliver materials to site.

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The Results

The first phase of this project has been successfully handed over, the final phase is due for completion in August 2016

Meet the Team

James Culvin, Project Manager


James provided expertise, knowledge and support to his team throughout the construction process, encouraging a collaborative approach at all levels. Overseeing the full MEP package of the project working alongside an electrical engineer, James worked closely with the end user to ensure that their needs and expectations were being met to ensure a smooth transition once the building was being handed over.