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£10 million MEP for 401 apartments delivered by three G&H divisions in just 12 months

A fast-paced project that saw three G&H divisions deliver MEP services for 401 apartments in just 12 months has been completed.

Appointed by the main contractor JJ Rhatigan in a £10 million scheme, G&H Building Services designed and installed MEP for Strawberry Star.

Some 401 apartments were powered across three blocks, nine, ten and 11 storeys high.

BIM 360 and Revit 3D modelling was used throughout the project with three G&H divisions working on the scheme – Building Services, Engineering Services and Air Conditioning – to provide a fully integrated solution.

G&H Building Services led all MEP works that included electrical heating to apartments, power distribution, fire alarms and heat recovery ventilation.

Domestic services, drainage, sprinkler and fire suppression and full HVAC was also provided.

The MEP infrastructure saw risers and corridors installed with sub-main supplies for landlord and tenant services featuring boosted cold water and sprinklers serving each apartment.

This was supported by G&H Engineering Services creating pre-fabricated pipe work, mains pipe work and a plantroom fit out while G&H Air Conditioning installed units in the front of house office areas.

Contract Engineer at G&H Building Services, Elliot Bradley, said: “A crucial aspect of our work was the high level of organisation and quality assurance to meet the challenging timetable, which saw us create a bespoke project management structure.

“We appointed MEP managers and foremen to each of the three blocks to oversee the work, ensuring high quality assurance, deadlines were met and labour resources – totalling 150 engineers on-site – were managed efficiently.”

To give residents an understanding of different services in their apartments and explain how to resolve simple issues that might occur, a user guide video was created that could be accessed by scanning a QR code taking them to G&H’s YouTube channel.

The video showed how to isolate mains cold water, use washing machines, smoke and heat detectors and how to operate intercom and ventilation systems.

Built on a former Vauxhall motor company site, subsequent stages of the LU2ON project will feature a hotel, public park, a retail and leisure complex, bars and restaurants.

The work is part of Luton’s £1.5 billion investment framework that includes a new football and concert stadium, transformation of London Luton Airport, a 395-acre enterprise zone, improved public transport facilities and expansion of its cultural quarter.

To learn more about the scheme please read our case study.

 

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