Frankham Consultancy Group was appointed by Faithful and Gould to undertake MEP and BREEAM services for The University of Portsmouth’s requirement for additional teaching and breakout spaces as part of its STEM programme; the Future Technology Centre, is an extension to the existing Portland Building.
The project aim is to use a mixed mode ventilation system, with priority given to passive mode operation via mechanically actuated louvres when the internal and external conditions allow, to provide both passive cooling and ventilation air supply. The mechanical mode of operation comprises 16 mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) units capable of supplying air to meet maximum occupancy and when the external temperatures are non-conducive for passive mode operation.
High efficiency condensing boilers provide weather compensated heating to the building via a low temperature radiant panel system. The heating is zoned, with final control via black bulb radiant sensors; allowing for maximum space flexibility and usability. A photovoltaic (PV) system is provided to reduce the energy usage and carbon footprint of the building; in order to achieve a BREAAM Excellent rating, by combining both vertical and standard roof mounted PV systems.
The project has used a 3D drawing package; coordinating services and structure at an early stage to ensure quick project delivery.