The completion of this £300m+, 6 year, project brings all the engineering schools to one campus that will house a community of 8,000 staff and students across 5 buildings; Odd Fellows Hall (OFH), York Street Building (YSB), Upper Brook Street (UBS), Mech Hall (MCH) & the Active Travel Hub (ATH).
Our Commissioning Management team, led by Tony Craig, overcame the project challenges from design through to completion. Commencing with the early design stages our detailed commissionability reviews ensured the MEP systems could be commissioned in a cost effective and efficient manner. This led on to us chairing specialist integrated workshops, producing logic linked programmes, interfacing with the client and 3rd party stakeholders and detailed tracking of each stage via bespoke schedules, tailored to the MECD project prior to handing over fully compliant systems to the University of Manchester.
As part of our role as the Independent Commissioning Manager, we managed the technically challenging commissioning and water treatment process due to an early requirement for ‘heat on’ to each building for the various handover phases. The (sitewide primary) district main from the York Street Building energy centre supplies heating and hot water to the whole campus via 6 satellite plantrooms located in the basements of each building as well as the level 6 plantroom. The filling and water treatment process spanned some 15 months which included regularly sampling as per BSRIA BG29 guidelines.
We also managed the commissioning of multiple specialist systems; not least the University’s Extra High Voltage Lab Facility / EM Suites / Laser Enclosures / Anechoic Chamber / Clean Rooms & Textiles / Process Extract Systems / Life Safety Systems (Fire Alarm / Emergency Lighting / Sprinkler / Gas Suppression) just to mention a few.
The project was a complete team effort and a credit to everyone involved.
The University is committed to Environmental Sustainability, with MECD being the first project to appoint a dedicated Environmental Sustainability Advisor to develop and drive the University’s comprehensive sustainability targets throughout the project’s life cycle, including a BREEAM Excellent rating, a new active travel hub and green roof.
Professor Martin Schröder, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering said:
Banyards’ responsibilities included full M&E Commissioning Management and Validation covering:
Andy Kinder, Construction Director for Balfour Beatty said:
The comprehensive Mechanical and Electrical systems included: