De Montfort University campus meeting 18 per cent target for renewable energy

Pick Everard is developing a sustainable building services strategy aiming for 18% renewable energy, for De Montfort University’s (DMU) £36million redevelopment of the Fletcher complex, a new Leicester city centre campus base, being created for the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities.

Currently awaiting reserved matters planning approval, demolition works to clear the site should be finished by mid March, allowing for an archaeological investigation to take place, prior to construction starting in summer 2014.

Construction went out to tender in February with the first phase scheduled for completion in September 2015.

The centrepiece of DMU’s £90million campus investment programme is the two-phase Fletcher complex project. This will involve the complete refurbishment of the Fletcher Tower Block, elements of the Low Rise Blocks, plus construction of a brand new 12,000-14,000m² building running from the tower all the way down to the canal. DMU’s ambition is also to re-connect the city centre to the waterfront with a series of linked public open spaces throughout the campus.

Pick Everard has been commissioned to deliver a modern, flexible and sustainable building services solution, in line with the target of BREEAM “Excellent”, DMU’s Energy Policy and the challenging 18% renewable energy target set by Leicester City Council’s sustainability planning requirements.

In developing the building services strategy, Pick Everard’s designers are working towards an energy efficient and versatile solution, well suited to the diverse use of space within the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities, and focused on the development of a modular servicing solution for teaching and learning spaces.

The decision-making process is being supported by detailed thermal modelling and simulation exercises from the concept stage, before a building services strategy that meets DMU’s requirements is developed and finally agreed.

Features will include:

  • Detailed façade design to control solar heat gains while providing good daylight levels for specific uses within the building
  • A low carbon building services design, employing low energy solutions, minimising load and operation of building services plant and systems
  • A low energy lighting strategy and automatic energy saving controls
  • A mixed-mode ventilation system with exposed thermal mass in order to minimise cooling loads

The installation of significant renewable energy solutions in order to meet the target of BREEAM Excellent, Leicester City Council’s planning requirements and DMU’s own high standards of sustainability and carbon reduction

Umesh Desai, Deputy Director of Estates at DMU said:

“Pick Everard worked with DMU on the design of building services for the £28million award winning Hugh Aston Building completed in 2009, which achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and we are proud to have them working on this very prestigious project. “

Building Services Engineering Director John Thompson, Pick Everard adds:

“We’re delighted to be working on the University’s latest project and to be responsible for the design of low carbon emission building services solutions. This is a high profile development project which will transform a key part of the University’s campus in Leicester city. “

Pick Everard has an award-winning portfolio in educational design and construction and is currently working on further and higher education projects across the UK including a Doctoral Training Centre for the University of Glasgow.

Project team:

  • Building Services Engineer, Thermal Modelling Engineer and BREEAM Assessor: Pick Everard
  • Architect: CPMG
  • Project management: MACE
  • Quantity surveyor: MDA Consulting
  • Structural engineering: Curtins Consulting