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Manchester and its changing landscape

  • Manchester construction continues to be at the centre of an unprecedented wave of development. The cityscape of Manchester is barely recognisable to that of a decade ago with new towers, residential and commercial buildings being commissioned on repeat. 

    Most recently, four major skyscrapers have been approved for Manchester. The Trinity Islands scheme towers will have between 39 and 60 storeys at an expected cost of £530m to build.

    Construction investment is not confined to Manchester city centre. It is also impacting surrounding areas such as Salford Quays. Salford Council has unveiled its vision for Salford Quays for 2030 that including a new town centre between MediaCity, The Lowry and Cotton Quays.

     

    Manchester and its changing landscape

     

    Robert Whetham Associates are proud to have worked on many Manchester building projects. As mechanical and electrical design consultants we use problem-solving expertise to create innovative building service designs.

    Alongside construction partners, our work focuses on sustainability and achieving net carbon zero by meeting BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) criteria.

     

    70 Oxford Road

    For Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) this Robert Whetham Associates project involved building service design for new teaching spaces, converting cinemas into lecture theatres, the development of an IT suite and reinventing art spaces as offices and a dance studio.

    Our mechanical and electrical designs were to recommission the existing air conditioning, heating and ventilation (HVAC) systems. However, a significant section of the system had to be replaced so we needed to ensure that all services were compatible with the existing building infrastructure.

     

    Harter Street Apartments

    Robert Whetham Associates were appointed by MCR Property Group to design all mechanical and electrical services on this Grade II listed building. The aim of the project was to overcome the delicacy of working on a listed  building to create energy efficiencies that met the latest Part L Building Regulations. 

    Manchester construction is committed to Part L Building Regulations that outline standards for the consumption of fuel and power in new and existing buildings. Part L is a direct outcome of the Energy White Paper commitment to raising the energy performance of buildings and working towards net carbon zero.

    Harter Street Apartments now benefit from low energy usage through meeting the Part L Building Regulations.

     

    Manchester and its changing landscape

     

    Building service design

    Manchester building refurbishments and new builds rely on professional and well thought out mechanical and electrical service design. M&E building service designs include power, heating, water services, lighting, telecoms, data comms, safety, access control and other aspects of a build.

    At Robert Whetham Associates we use our mechanical and electrical design expertise to also deliver other building services. 

    – We carry out condition surveys of a building’s mechanical and electrical services to establish their condition and identify any maintenance requirements.

    – We’re often asked to carry out building appraisals on behalf of prospective tenants to help them make decisions about whether a property is suitable for their needs.

    – For many clients, we carry out checks on M&E services designed by contractors or other consultancies. 

    – Robert Whetham Associates are RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) so we also work in the railway sector.

     

    Can we help?

    For expert help or advice on mechanical and electrical services, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham Associates. 

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