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University of Essex

Our work continues at the University of Essex as the refurbishment of the second iconic tower begins.

Continuing our relationship with United Living, we are pleased to be the entrusted Mechanical contractor for this project providing a full mechanical, plumbing and heating design and install package.

The £6m project involves the complete removal of almost all elements to the building, only the wall and floor structures will remain intact. All the existing services will be fully stripped out including all of the plant serving the building.

All new services will be installed with a considerable amount of design consideration to reflect the way in which students live and operate within the building. For example, the introduction of individual mechanical ventilation to all communal areas and student bedrooms.

The building will have a new fire detection system, PAVA system, combined with an all new misting sprinkler system throughout. Fire compartmentation will be given great attention both horizontally and vertically through the building.

Within the design brief, the ethos has been to implement high levels of protection to life of the occupants and to enhance the fire strategy for the building.