St Mary’s, Bangor University

A mixture of refurbished and new build student accommodation in Bangor North Wales.

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The Project

Located just off the town centre, the University of Bangor new St Mary’s development provides student accommodation in a mixture of townhouses, studios and traditional cluster bedrooms. HE Simm undertook the Design and Build MEP services for this development which provides 602 beds in 7 blocks plus communal and administration areas. Through out the project 29 kilometers of copper tubing and waste pipe were used for services, with 2 kilometers of underground services and 3800 light fittings being installed. Additionally, all cluster kitchens were fitted with energy meter displays which inform the students of power usage in their block.

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Project Objectives

The client’s brief was for us to deliver a “village environment” where all students could have a choice of accommodation in either a self-contained studio, a townhouse or an en-suite bedroom. The development also had to include a community hub, games areas, gymnasium as well as sufficient administration areas to allow the development to be self sufficient.

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Project Challenges

The development included retaining two existing buildings, both of which were over a hundred years old. Both buildings had to be remodeled extensively complete with new M&E services installations. The remodeling included converting an existing chapel into an event space complete with a full audio visual installation.

The development is built on a hillside which resulted in the blocks being built on 3 different levels which gave its own challenges especially as the energy centre is situated on the highest level. In addition to these issues we also had to ensure that bats residing in the existing buildings were catered for in the design even to the extent of all external lighting being designed to ensure that flight paths to bat entrances on the existing buildings were not illuminated.

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The Results

The development was completed on time despite the many challenges faced, the development was “handed over” on 16th September 2015 and by 20th September 2015 all 602 students had occupied all blocks.

Meet the Team

Tony Parker – Electrical Supervisor

Tony was brought in to specifically manage the electrical services installation to both existing buildings, as soon as Tony arrived on site he set about re-designing the installation to suit the building layouts as once demolition commenced it opened up the need for continuous change. Tony managed the electricians and our construction client right through to handover with great enthusiasm and commitment.

“I can’t speak more highly of the effort and quality put in, in such a short period. I would not hesitate to work together again.”

Peter Dodd, Senior Project Manager at Vinci Construction

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