RACE Building

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Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction
Client: Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

This was a fascinating project on an existing secure site which was built to implement the governments robotics and autonomous systems strategy, one of which was a test site for driverless cars.

Steane completed a full M&E BIM led design and installation for this new build construction consisting of two floors of offices with a mixture of open plan and cellular offices, meeting rooms and sanitary accommodation areas all linked to an industrial R&D factory zone.

Some more detail

Services we provided for this project include:

  • Mechanical ventilation
  • VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) air source heat pump comfort cooling/heating
  • Gas fired radiant tube heating
  • Air source heat pumps generated domestic hot water system
  • Boosted cold water
  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Communication/data systems
  • Fire alarm
  • Access control
  • CCTV
  • Lightning protection
  • UPS (Uninterruptible power supply) system 

The project was designed and installed to achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating of Very Good. By implementing the use of available technologies and systems, credits were awarded for such items as:

  • Impact of refrigerants (Pol 1)
  • Water consumption
  • Monitoring and leak detection (Wat 01 ,02 ,03)
  • Indoor air quality and thermal comfort (Hea 02 & 03)
  • Water quality (Hea 04) 
  • Energy monitoring and reduction in CO2 emissions (Ene 01 & 02). 

The EPC rating was also changed from the Ordinal Consultants ‘B’ to an ‘A’ rating following our detailed design.  

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