Sutherland Building – Northumberland University Case Study

Located at Northumbria’s City Campus in the heart of Newcastle, this ambitious and innovative extension of the university’s historic Grade II listed Sutherland Building required the integration of new architectural studios and atrium space. Integral were responsible for the installation of the mechanical and electrical works associated with the project. Packed with innovative Integral led design features, the intelligent and sympathetic design now means Northumbria’s architectural students will benefit from one of the highest levels of personal studio space in the UK and world class facilities that will enhance the student experience for many years to come.

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An extension to Sutherland Building

The design and construction of a new high education building and associated external works on the city campus west estate. The new building is to be constructed as an extension to Sutherland Building which is a grade 2 listed building in the heart of the university city campus, the building created new architecture studios and an atrium space to provide a connection to the existing building.

The extension was designed to be as carbon neutral as possible. Natural ventilation was the preferred method of ventilation along with highly efficient underfloor heating fed from an air source heat pump. The extension and existing areas of the building had LED lighting and Dali light controls fitted throughout.

Extensive enabling works had to be carried out prior to the main works commencing. With the entire existing boiler house having to be demolished for the new extension to be built. This involved siting a temporary boiler house and running over 400m of temporary pipework. The existing back up generators and main electrical board also had to be relocated. A new boiler house in the new extension was then created and with a large shut down needed to move the building back off the temporary supplies onto the new permeant plant. Through the project the existing building electricity supply and heating was uninterrupted.

Scope of Works

  • LED lighting throughout
  • Underfloor heating fed by energy efficient air source heat pumps
  • Grade 2 listed building
  • Fire alarms
  • Access control
  • CCTV
  • Dali light control system
  • Underfloor track power
  • New plant room installation
  • External lighting
  • Drainage / Sanitaryware
  • BIM level 2

Sutherland Building – Northumberland University Case Study

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