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M&M Building, Birmingham University


University of Birmingham


Bowmer + Kirkland

M&E Value:

£8.5 Million

Completion Date:

August 2012

About The Project:

Originally built in 1966 this building was the Mining and Minerals Engineering and Physical Metallurgy Department.

Designed by Philip Dowson of Arup Associates this grade 2 listed building consists of four similar three-storey blocks linked at each corner. The frame is pre-cast, reinforced concrete with columns in groups of four in a grid formation. This allows the services to be carried vertically and horizontally meaning that at no point are services more than ten feet away.

DBS carried out the mechanical and electrical works on this refurbishment including the installation of a fully automatic lighting control system and high-tech hydrogen laboratories.

The four blocks contain numerous laboratories, lecture theatres, offices, meeting rooms, workshops, and break-out spaces. The University of Birmingham worked in partnership with Rolls Royce to have laboratories sponsored in order to support research projects into areas such as low carbon aerospace technology.

Photos © B+K

Mechanical Scope:

  • LPHW heating
  • Natural gas service
  • Ventilation
  • Soil and waste
  • Laboratory soil and waste
  • Fume cupboards
  • Laboratory gases
  • LEV ventilation
  • DX cooling
  • Laboratory process cooling
  • Automatic controls
  • Metering

Electrical Scope:

  • Incoming services
  • Mains distributions
  • Earthing and bonding
  • Internal, external and emergency lighting
  • General power and small power
  • Lightning protection
  • Fire detection and alarm system
  • Disabled refuge and WC ¬†alarms
  • Security systems
  • Access control and intercom system
  • TV and audio system
  • Mechanical services wiring
  • Structured cabling installation

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