Student Accommodation / Fellow’s Sets – King’s Parade, Cambridge

Client:   King’s College, Cambridge
DB&P’s Services: Building Services Consultant Engineers

Student ASccomodation

Description of Works:

King's Parade is undoubtedly the one thoroughfare in Cambridge which all tourists will walk down; it is also the major route for College students as they travel to and from their respective lectures. To the west side is the large expanse of King's College, whilst the east side is lined with quaint residential units, restaurants and shops. Interestingly, in the 15th Century commercial properties adorned both sides King's Parade, the shops on the west side were demolished when the College was built in 1441.

David Bedwell & Partners were appointed as Building Services Consultant Engineers by King's College, responsible for the design of the mechanical and electrical services associated with the refurbishment of the mixed tenure Grade I / II listed buildings. An essential element of the Client's brief, endorsed by English Heritage, was the need to redevelop King's Parade without compromising its natural charm and beauty. In this respect, a great deal of consideration was given to the sympathetic installation of the mechanical and electrical services – on the whole these were cleverly concealed within the fabric of the building/s. This exercise proved a difficult but not insurmountable problem; in particular with regard to the varied build techniques which had been utilised over the last 700 years – the use of exposed timber beams, lath and plaster, ornate wooden panelling, decorative cornicing and numerous listed features, etc. Whilst the upper floors generally provide residential sets for College students and Fellows, the basement and ground floor levels provide a selection of retail units. Many of the retail units required a degree of comfort cooling, the installation of which particularly the location of the external evaporator units and subsequent routing of the refrigerant and condensate lines, proved to be a "challenging but interesting exercise".

studentExtent of Mechanical Services:

• Incoming utilities – gas and water

• LPHW Heating – gas fired condensing boilers

• Domestic Hot and Cold Water Services

• Local extract and mixed mode ventilation

• Automatic Control Systems

Extent of Electrical Services:

• Incoming utilities – electrical, telecommunications and IT

• General lighting and emergency lighting

• Electrical small power

• Door entry, CCTV and security systems

• Lightning protection

• Landscape lighting