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LLJ wins £3.5m Sunninghill M&E contract

13 May 16 Mechanical and electrical contractor LJJ has won a £3.5m building services contract as part of an assisted-living scheme being built by Wates Construction in Berkshire.

The work is for a £16m, 96-bed care and assisted-living development by Signature Senior Lifestyle in Sunninghill. The scheme three previous projects completed by LLJ for Signature Senior Lifestyle;  Sunninghill is the first project that the building services specialist will deliver for Wates. The project has been designed by PRP Architects with interiors by Leisure Concepts.

LJJ is responsible for the concept design and installation of all building services. LJJ is installing all mains distribution for power, lighting and emergency lighting. LED luminaires illuminate living spaces and there will be architectural feature lighting in circulation and public areas.

Ground floor sample rooms are due for completion by September, with the marketing suite operational by December 2016. The whole scheme is due for completion in May 2017.

The complex comprises a mix of en-suite one-bedroomed apartments and en-suite studio apartments all with kitchenette. Specialist en-suite bedrooms for dementia care are provided on the third floor. Facilities will include a cinema, hair salon, library and dining areas. There will also be several lounges and break-out areas along with therapy rooms, spa bathrooms and gardens with water features and seating areas.

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Telephone infrastructure will be installed to facilitate personal phone line provision to residents’ rooms and a hotel-style phone system provides internal communication for room-to-room and room-to-reception calls. The fire alarm system also communicates with staff handsets to relay fire alarm events and system status ensuring staff can locate any incidents and respond quickly. CCTV and access control systems provide security and reassurance to staff and residents by monitoring entrance areas and building perimeter and restricting access only to authorised personnel.

General ventilation will be provided by eight air handling units located on the roof with heat recovery for energy efficiency, supplying tempered air into the corridors and communal areas and extracting stale air from dining, kitchen and toilet areas. The care home will also have air conditioning in the dining and recreation areas. All mechanical and electrical plant and metering will be connected to, and communicate with, a fully-addressable system enabling the maintenance team to interrogate performance in real-time.

The home will operate a stay-put policy in the event of a fire, which reduces panic for residents and enables them to only be evacuated as a final resort. The generator-backed sprinkler and smoke extract systems facilitate this.

The main energy source for the building’s underfloor heating and domestic hot water systems will be a combined heat and power unit with a 40kW thermal output and 20kW electrical output. This will be supplemented by three gas-fired boilers in the rooftop plant room.

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