Mott MacDonald, the leading global engineering, management and development consultancy, has been appointed by the University of Huddersfield as mechanical and electrical design engineer to support the development of an Enterprise Innovation Centre (EIC).
The development, to be called the Huddersfield Enterprise and Innovation Centre, is to be part refurbishment and part new build and will support small to medium sized enterprises coming out of the university. Mott MacDonald will be providing an energy appraisal with renewable energy options and also developing engineering performance criteria for the University of Huddersfield in order for a design and build contract for the centre to be secured.
As the EIC needs to comply with Part L of the building regulations set out in the UK Building Act 1984, Conservation of fuel and power, the centre will need to demonstrate a 25% carbon reduction compared to a building designed under 2006 legislation. To help meet this requirement, Mott MacDonald is looking at the use of solar collectors and a nearby borehole to provide cooling and heating to parts of the building.
Mott MacDonald will employ technical expertise as used on its previous award winning Manchester Civil Justice Centre project by proposing passive engineering measures to reduce carbon emissions. Mott MacDonald will also be developing an efficient built environment through undertaking dynamic thermal modelling to determine best use of windows and openings, natural ventilation, solar shading, levels of renewable energy and insulation.
Project director Stephen Ruane, technical director of Mott MacDonald’s Leeds office said, “We are delighted to have been chosen by the University of Huddersfield to work on this important and exciting local project."
Work on the £8 million development is expected to commence in April 2011 and is due for completion early 2012.