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The Modular Approach To M&E


Client Enviro Building Solutions Ltd
Project Modular office building, Bristol & Bath Science Park
Services M&E: HVAC, Gas, Plumbing, Cooling, Electrics, BMS controls, photovoltaic panels, security system
Duration TBC
Division Mechanical

Project Description:

All mechanical and electrical services for a high specification, three-storey permanent modular office development forming part of a world-class environment first developed to attract technology firms to the South West of England.

Premium services for modular buildings

Bristol & Bath Science Park first opened its doors in 2011 on a 59-acre site in Gloucestershire. It was originally designed to create an environment to encourage science and technology companies to accelerate growth and development. Construction work continues today, with site completion anticipated in 2033.

The building in question is modular in construction, consisting of 27 modular bays with floor space in excess of 700m2 and housing offices, kitchens, washrooms, and an elevator. It features an attractive glazed elevation with a terrace and overhang.

M&E in the modular world

Mitton Group was commissioned to install mechanical and electrical services across the site, including lighting, heating, cooling, ventilating, air conditioning, gas services, plumbing and building management system controls as well as a security system. M&E works also included service connections to existing Forum Building

From an M&E point of view, designing and planning for modular builds present an entirely new set of challenges. Work is completed to the first fix stage in the factory where the modular units and produced, with a second phase on-site for connection, test, and commissioning.

With the project underway during the strictest phase of the COVID lockdown, the project entailed additional careful preparation and planning. Social distancing meant that the number of engineers working at any given time was restricted, and finding local accommodation for the team was also a significant issue.

Sustainability and performance

Sustainability is an important issue on the Park; the Mitton team also installed photovoltaic panels on the roof, cleverly concealed within a parapet system corresponding with the main façade of the building. The finished building has achieved an EPC ‘A’ rating.


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