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Exeter Living Systems Institute to showcase ventilation innovation

25 Sep 14 The University of Exeter is to be the first organisation in the country to benefit from a new type of ventilation system, according to building services contractor NG Bailey.

Inside the Exter Living Systems Institute
Inside the Exter Living Systems Institute

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NG Bailey has been awarded a £9.3m mechanical and electrical (M&E) contract on the university’s new Living Systems Institute, a purpose-built multidisciplinary research centre.

The project will see NG Bailey – working alongside main contractor BAM Construction – design, build and install a full scope of M&E solutions for the new site, including the energy-efficient ventilation system.

The split-level facility comprises two linked buildings – a nine-storey tower block and a six-storey slab block with three basement levels. It will house a number of research laboratories as well as offices and teaching rooms.

NG Bailey said that it undertook an extensive value engineering exercise to arrive at a ventilation solution that met both the university’s budget and its required technical specifications.

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Operations director David Thomas said: “This is a significant and important project for us to have been awarded the contract for. The scheme does present a number of challenges but our wealth of experience in this area means we are perfectly placed to meet them head on.

“In addition to carrying out this work on a live university campus, in a city centre location, it is also the first time we will have worked with this innovative ventilation technology.

“In facilities like this, where laboratories require considerable ventilation provisions, increased energy efficiency results in significant savings. This new technology will recoup its initial outlay costs in a very short space of time.”

The project is scheduled to start in October and complete in early 2016.

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