WSP was engaged to deliver a range of services, including mechanical, electrical and public health design, as well as sustainability solutions. The client wanted to create an efficient, low-energy building that would achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, while enjoying the security of supply necessary to this kind of 24-hour facility. Built on an old car park to reduce its environmental impact on the surrounding area, the unit is also designed for minimal energy consumption. Notable features include efficient lighting design, maximized daylight and presence-detecting lighting controls. Natural ventilation is used where possible and an array of solar PV panels mounted on the roof.
The building services design also made use of innovative materials and offsite installation techniques to boost efficiency and reduce construction time. Duel fuel boilers and generators meanwhile ensure resilience. BIM was invaluable for making sure that all services were fully coordinated before construction began.