Large commercial office refurbishments in Marlow and in Clerkenwell are nearing completion as we enter the summer season. The scheme in Marlow comprises two buildings with an aggregate floor area of over 40,000ft2.
These two buildings which were originally constructed in 1989 have now been fully refurbished and equipped with numerous Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems to facilitate multiple occupants although early indications from the marketplace suggest that single occupants might be secured for each of the buildings. Both buildings are equipped with LED lighting throughout controlled by an addressable lighting management system which enables individual luminaires to be dimmed either individually or in groups. Perimeter lighting is automatically switched off when ambient daylight levels exceed the designated threshold. LED lanterns are also provided to the large car parks which are also equipped with an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) traffic control system which will facilitate Tenant’s parking strategies. It is likely that both buildings will achieve a ‘B’ asset rating for the Energy Performance Certificates which we are preparing over the coming weeks.
The development in Clerkenwell will provide over 80,000ft2 of commercial office accommodation. The development comprises a mix of new build extensions and refurbished office and is likely to achieve an ‘A’ asset rating on its EPC. This is a significant achievement considering that the main original building was constructed during the 1950’s. Again high efficiency heat recovery VRF systems have been specified and new high performance fenestration is being fitted throughout. The lighting design has been developed by Lamorbey Associates working in conjunction with the respected international lighting manufacturer Fagerhult. The resulting luminaire is a variation of the popular Notor luminaire but includes separate dimmable up and down lighting LED light sources.
Other projects include the design and specification of incoming services for a new Retail and Leisure facility in Yate, near Bristol in South West England. The facility will comprise two new substations providing electrical supplies to a dozen retail and restaurant units and to a new multiplex cinema. An extensive car park will be illuminated by high performance directional LED lanterns mounted on six metre columns, the design for which has been influenced by fairly rigorous lighting pollution constraints imposed by the local planning department. The resultant scheme will have minimal light pollution and will be sympathetic to local householders and to the diverse wildlife associated with the riverway which runs through the site.
THE MERIDIAN BUILDING
Screenshot showing building model of The Meridian Building in Marlow. The model has been prepared using IES Software and is used to calculate heating and cooling loads.