Rosalind Franklin Science Building, University of Wolverhampton (UK)

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Project Stakeholder: University of Wolverhampton
Architect: Berman Guedes Stretton/Tweedal
Main Contractor: Kier
M&E Engineers: Hoare Lea
M&E Subcontractor:
Lorne Stewart
M&E Building Services:
Cundall
Images: University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton is located across four campuses in the West Midlands and has a student body of over 19,000. The new Rosalind Franklin Science Building, which was built as part of a wider £250 million investment programme, is an exciting addition to the City Campus in Wolverhampton. Named to commemorate Rosalind Franklin's pivotal role in the discovery of DNA, the new science block incorporates an existing 1960s teaching building, which has been refurbished and extended outwards and upwards, creating an important state-of-the-art facility. In addition to creating an outstanding learning environment for around 2,500 students and approximately 150 staff, the building includes an outreach laboratory at ground level, with floor-to-ceiling windows, aimed at encouraging public engagement with science.

Awards:
West Midlands Celebrating Construction 2015, BIM Project of the Year, Winner


The company chosen to supply the high-efficiency air management system for the Rosalind Franklin Science Building was TROX UK – an international manufacturer of components, devices and systems for the ventilation and air conditioning of rooms, with specialist expertise in air management for laboratories. TROX installed its EASYLAB room air management system (to optimize the energy efficiency of supply and extraction of air in the laboratories), in addition to Variable Air Volume (VAV) controllers for the building's central air conditioning and cooling system. TROX also analysed the air terminal device requirements of different zones in the building, installing the best possible designs of grilles and diffusers to maintain the optimum learning environment for students and staff.

The TROX EASYLAB room air management system manages the supply and extract controllers in order that they respond rapidly to changes in extract volumes by the technical extract (for example fume cupboards) to ensure the correct air flow balance and room pressure at all times in the laboratories. This significantly improves energy efficiency, as it prevents unnecessary supply of conditioned air to the space. The energy savings are made possible by offsetting one form of exhaust air against another. By scaling down room exhaust air extraction in line with fume cupboard extraction when sashes are open, the room air management system is able to prevent over-supply and extraction of conditioned air from the space.

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