North West Construction Awards – University of Salford / Client of the Year 2023
Banyards were delighted to be present at the North West Construction Awards held at ‘’The Titanic Hotel’’ in Liverpool. Attended by over 390 construction professionals the awards celebrates and honours construction excellence in the North West.
North West Construction Awards judging panel said: “The narrative of how good clients can bring projects to the market allowing the suppliers to do what they do best was compelling.”
Banyards are proud to have been part of the fully collaborative multidisciplinary team who delivered the School of Science, Engineering and Environment Building for the University of Salford, where Banyards carried out the Commissioning Management role for Morgan Sindall.
A working approach was adopted, embracing the Construction Playbook principles, with a Two-stage process based mainly on quality (social value, sustainability, and opportunities for students). The University of Salford utilised the NEC4 procurement contract in its truest sense.
The University of Salford, School of Science, Engineering and Environment Building (SEE) forms part of the Salford Crescent and University District wider masterplan, which stretches over 240 acres and includes the University’s existing campus.
The brief from the client was to ensure that its most technical project to date, was commissioned as per industry guidelines and to ensure that all systems were 100% commissioning defect free prior to practical completion.
The new building is fully electric supported by 154 roof mounted photovoltaic panels which provide renewable energy. The building also features a wind tunnel and boasts high-spec laser laboratories and meets the stringent energy Part L Building requirements and CO2 requirements of the University’s policy.
The building services include sustainable energy minimising techniques such as energy metering and sub-metering to facilitate enhanced and accurate monitoring and energy management via the Building Energy Management System, low energy lighting, PV and Air Source Heat Pumps which serve the LPHW system. Enhanced performance requirements of thermal elements, such as HVAC AHU’s with electric DX coils and space controlled natural ventilation for the foyer reception area, including room set back modes for non-occupied rooms via dedicated VAV boxes linked to the lighting control help achieve the high sustainability credentials BREEAM excellent, a key element of the University’s pledge to reduce the environmental impact of the wider masterplan.
Banyards were selected as the preferred Commissioning Management contractor for the SEE Building in 2020 by Morgan Sindall Construction, with whom we have held a close working relationship for several years, enhancing their construction site team’s knowledge and approach to commissioning planning with project completion in mind.
Rachel Brown, Senior Building Services Manager from Morgan Sindall stated “I wanted to say a massive thank you for the professional diligence and support we have received from Banyards on the SEE project, a job much more complicated and challenging than many”.
Our commissioning management team worked on the scheme alongside project manager Faithful + Gould, architect Sheppard Robson and the client’s MEP design team WSP.
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