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KCL awards flagship £34m accommodation scheme to GB

18 Apr 13 GB Building Solutions has secured a £34m contract to build student accommodation for King’s College London (KCL).

King's College Hall
King's College Hall

The part new-build, part refurbishment project, close to KCL’s Denmark Hill campus, will provide 74 bedrooms within an existing Grade II listed building and 643 bedrooms across four newly constructed buildings.

The new-build element has been designed to target BREEAM 'outstanding', which will be GB's fifth scheme designed to this rating.  With a fabric first approach, the building will be highly insulated, decreasing the need for bolt-on technology and reducing the consumption of energy.  Other features include large windows, a heat recovery ventilation system, PV panels and a combined heat & power plant.

Energy monitors throughout will display the consumption of energy in each individual flats in comparison to the best performing flats, to make students aware of their energy consumption and how it compares to their peers.

The King's College Hall project is aiming to be an exemplar BIM and soft landing scheme.  The design is being carried out using BIM technologies that will give KCL a full working model to manage its assets on completion.

GB will also incorporate soft landings so both designers and constructors stay involved with the building beyond its practical completion.  In line with BSRIA soft landings process GB will carry out seasonal commissioning, plus planned and preventive maintenance to key plant for two years following handover ensuring the highly efficient buildings perform as well as expected and helping Kings College reduce the cost of the building in use.

Work is due to for completion in summer 2014.

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