New student accommodation in Northampton
The University of Northampton operates in a competitive climate where the availability and quality of accommodation can have a major impact on the university’s success in attracting new students. The university planned to upgrade its accommodation stock with a new hall of residence at St John’s in the centre of Northampton.
The building had to be contemporary and aesthetically pleasing, incorporating a range of energy saving and renewable initiatives. In addition, all works were to be carried out to a strict timetable in order to be ready for a new influx of students.
Responsible for the full M&E design, we worked with the client, architects and quantity surveyors to ensure the building was completed on schedule. The design included LPHW radiators, natural ventilation to all living accommodation, and electrical LED lighting controlled via manual and automatic control to all spaces. Heating is via both a CHP and standard high efficiency gas fired boiler plant located in a basement plantroom. Heat interface units are positioned at each floor to provide each apartment with heating and hot water. The electrical demand on the building is supplemented by the installation of a roof mounted photovoltaic array.
Extremely energy efficient, St John’s Hall is now fully open and providing students with a bright, innovative home from home. This new unit has increased the university’s stock of accommodation and given it a more competitive edge in the higher education marketplace.