Case study

Newcastle Helix / The Frederick Douglass Centre

  • Client Newcastle University
  • Services provided M&E service
  • Sector Education

Newcastle Helix is a landmark 24-acre hybrid city quarter in the centre of Newcastle, built for international tech and science businesses, the local community and residents. Integral were responsible for the design, installation and associated mechanical and electrical works of a stunning new three storey, higher education building.

Integral were responsible for completing the design and installation of the Mechanical and Electrical services at the Frederick Douglass building. Their approach throughout both these stages has been flexible and proactive, enabling practical solutions to be introduced to the project, they were key members of the design team. I would not hesitate to use Integral again.

Darryl Roe Building Services Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine

A key component of Newcastle University’s teaching, particularly for the School of Computing and the Newcastle University Business School, is the £34 million 78,300 sq ft Frederick Douglass Centre. Arranged over several floors, this includes a dedicated floor for the university’s Business School, a 200-seat lecture theatre and a range of seminar rooms. Integral were chosen for our ability to provide valuable in-house design expertise at an early stage, developing the scheme from RIBA stage 3 right through to construction and delivery.

With our in-house procurement team, Integral were able to optimise the procurement timeline, thereby helping to deliver a high quality project to both deadline and budget. Extensive use of BIM throughout the duration of the project led to the early production of critical builders work information, which in turn meant large openings through the concrete frame of the structure were planned well in advance.

Due to the buildings complex curving layout, the setting out of services was tricky, but Integral’s team took on the challenge and using GPS co-ordinates taken from the BIM model, were able to overcome the practicalities of making the systems work onsite. Using technology to deliver greater efficiencies we used Virtual Reality (VR) headsets to help the Integral site foreman visualise the desired outcome and gain a detailed understanding of how the building was going to look when complete.

To achieve a sustainable and efficient building, the LTHW, chilled water and power are all generated at the sites locally installed district energy centre, and a dedicated transformer is situated in the building which takes its HV supply from the energy centre HV network

Scope of works:
  • LED lighting throughout
  • LTHW
  • Chilled Water Systems
  • BMS
  • Domestic water
  • Hybrid mechanical & natural ventilation system
  • Fire alarms
  • Access control
  • CCTV
  • New plant room installation
  • External lighting
  • Drainage / Sanitaryware
  • BIM level 2

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