Lorne Stewart Engineering


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Gateway College, Leicester
Client: Gateway College
Value: £5 million
Main Contractor: ISG

Lorne Stewart provided a fully integrated M&E solution which met the Colleges sustainability aspirations.

The scheme consisted of a naturally ventilated building with a fully automated window control system and includes such technologies as photovoltaic cells, biomass boiler, rain water harvesting and a wind turbine.

The project was handed over to the client four weeks ahead of target and 1,100 students now occupy the building. Lorne Stewart collaborated with the main Contractor, ISG Regions and carried out the full M&E design employing the services of Arup.

Key highlights:

  • Fully integrated M&E solution
  • Naturally ventilated with fully automated
  • Underfloor heating systems
  • Rain water harvesting

Materials & Innovation Factory (MIF), University of Liverpool
Client: University of Liverpool
Value: £10 million
Main Contractor: BAM Construction

The Materials Innovation Factory is a state of the art facility to accelerate research and reduce new product development times relevant to a range of sectors including Unilevers, Home Care and Personal Care categories. The MIF provides equipment at the cutting-edge of materials chemistry research to facilitate the discovery of new materials which have the potential to save energy and natural resources, improve health or transform a variety of manufacturing processes. Lorne Stewart were engaged to design and construct the new MIF building with partners BAM Construction, the 3 storey building covers 12,000sqm and includes the following:

Key highlights:

  • 100+ Fume cupboards
  • Fume extract
  • Supply and Extract Ventilation
  • Laboratory Gases
  • HV Power
  • LPHW Heating
  • Chilled Water
  • Domestic Services
  • Lighting
  • CCTV
  • Security
  • ICT
  • Fire Alarms
  • PA/VA
  • BMS
  • Photovoltaics
  • CHP
  • Lightning Protection

Gateway Building, University of Salford
Client: University of Salford
Value: £8 million
Main Contractor: BAM Construction

Chapman Square will undergo transformation into an active, welcoming hub for students, staff and the local community. The Salford Gateway building will provide an aesthetically pleasing welcome for staff and students alighting from Salford Crescent Railway Station and act as an attractive gateway to campus.

Facilities will include a theatre, recording and photography studios, café areas, performance and rehearsal spaces, computer suites and lecture theatres. The building will achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating in line with the University’s sustainable agenda

Key highlights

  • Installation of new essential and non-essential LV switchgear
  • Small power including specialist theatre, studio and workshop supplies
  • General building data infrastructure including IP technology, VOIP, CCTV, door access, boing systems, refuge and disabled alarms
  • Complete above ground foul and rainwater drainage including rainwater harvesting system
  • DX cooling provided to IT server and hub rooms, archive stores and machine rooms
  • Domestic water systems including water meter
  • Ventilation includes chilled beam systems

We would like to commend Lorne Stewart Plc for their work on the Salford Gateway Building, the new Arts and Media Facility for Salford University.

David Gledhill
Senior MEP Site Engineer
Buro Happold

Beckfoot & Hazelbeck School, Bradford
Client: Bradford MDC
Value: £7.1 million
Main Contractor: Educo UK

New build over 3 floors with special educational needs school for full range of abilities/disabilities with hydrotherapy pool, rebound therapy facilities and extensive hospital standard hygiene suite facilities. Sport England standard sport hall and flood lit external football pitches.

Key highlights:

  • Cat 6 data cable infrastructure with server room, air-conditioned I.T. classroom and office facilities
  • Fully integrated building management
  • system with remote access
  • Performing Arts facility
  • Fully equipped catering kitchen facilities
  • Fully sprinklered protected building
  • Programmable access control
  • System for flexible building usage

Cubric Building, Cardiff University
Client: Cardiff University
Value: £4 million
Main Contractor: BAM Construction

Lorne Stewart were appointed to supply Mechanical and Electrical works to the new build development for Cardiff University to house the Brain Research Imagine Centre (CUBRIC), a 3-storey construction consisting of two wings connected by a central atrium. The ground floor is predominantly laboratory and testing areas including MRI scanning suites. The first floor is comprised of offices, meeting rooms and a staff breakout area. The second floor contains the plant areas and a seminar room.

Key highlights:

  • As part of the project “BREEAM ‘Excellent’ requirements, it was mandatory to achieve a score of 6 credits
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Medical gases
  • Underfloor heating
  • Trace heating
  • Radiant panels
  • PV
  • Hearing aid induction loops
  • Nurse call
  • Staff attack alarms
  • Door monitoring
  • Access control
  • CCTV
  • Intercom systems
  • Lightning protection
  • LTHW heating system

Dwr-y-Felin School, South Wales
Client: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Value: £1.5 million
Main Contractor: BAM Construction

Lorne Stewart were contracted to deliver the mechanical services to facilitate classrooms, IT suits, drama hall, library, kitchen and staff areas.

The initial scheme was awarded to Lorne Stewart by BAM under competitive tendering. The first phase was handed over on time and within budget. Additional works were then negotiated to include a heating replacement scheme within an existing building, as well as a further M&E refurbishment within the cookery and music block.

Key highlights:

  • Gas fired heating installation
  • Natural and mechanical ventilation
  • Sprinkler system
  • Under floor heating / cooling system
  • Building management system
  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • Air to water heat pump installation

Rosalind Franklin Building, University of Wolverhampton
Client: University of wolverhampton
Value: £5.5 million
Main Contractor: Kier

Lorne Stewart were engaged to design and construct this part new and part refurbishment project at the University of Wolverhampton’s Rosalind Franklin Building, a five storey teaching facility designed to offer pure degrees in chemistry.

Key highlights

  • Extensive laboratory environment
  • 54no fume cupboards
  • Lab gases
  • Purified water supplies
  • Energy efficient VAV fume extraction
  • Fully air conditioned environment

Swansea University Institute of Life Science 2 (ILS2 Project)
Client: Swansea University
Value: £3.1 million
Main Contractor: Leadbitter

Swansea University have developed their Institute of Life Sciences sector to undertake world class and internationally recognized research. The new building will sit next to the ILS1 structure and will enhance the current Life Sciences division of the University. This 7-storey, 6000m2 building is to house the essential research infrastructure, a clinical research centre, an incubator grow-on space and will house a technology transfer and business support team. The building has achieved a BREEAM Excellence Standard. This project was carried out under the NEC 3 Option A sub-contract.

Key highlights:

  • Main services to clean room facility
  • Main services to MRI suite
  • Lab gases
  • Fume cupboard installation
  • Installation of cold room within laboratory areas
  • Chemically resistant drainage
  • Full BREEAM functionality with rainwater
  • Harvesting/Leak Detection/PIR controlled water saving
  • All lighting through intelligent controls
  • System with full auto functionality

Friary House, Cardiff University
Client: Cardiff University
Value: £1.5 million
Main Contractor: Lorne Stewart

Cardiff University acquired new office and lecturing space totaling 29,000ft2 in one of the largest letting deals in the centre of Cardiff, taking over the 2nd, 3rd & 4th floors. Lorne Stewart delivered the Mechanical & Electrical services refurbishment over the three existing floors.

Key highlights:
Refurbishment to three floors:

  • Removals
  • Air conditioning
  • Hot & cold water services
  • Above ground drainage
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Data Containment
  • Access control
  • Testing and commissioning

Beacon Centre, Blackburn College
Client: Blackburn College
Value: £2.5 million
Main Contractor: Bardsley Construction

This new state-of-the-art centre provides 8,700m2 of teaching space for further education courses in creative arts, fashion and textiles, photography, childhood studies, health and social care and public services. It is the third phase of the College’s master plan to create a world-class campus.

Key highlights:

  • VRF heating and cooling system
  • Airsource heat pump boiler
  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • Supply and extract ventilation system
  • Audio visual systems
  • Dali lighting controls

Carmel College, St Helens
Client: Carmel College
Value: £4.1 million
Main Contractor: Kier Construction

Works included the careful demolition of the existing college building, establishment of 15 temporary classrooms, and construction of three educational buildings (8,670m2), together with associated site works and service.

Key highlights:

  • VRF System
  • Heat Recovery Units
  • Supply and Extract Ventilation
  • Theatre Lighting and Controls
  • Audio Visual System
  • Fire Alarm and Security System

Kearsley Academy, Bolton
Client: Kearsley Academy
Value: £2 million
Main Contractor: BAM Construction

Lorne Stewart delivered the mechanical and electrical installations to the New Kearsley Academy, including external lighting installations as well as floodlighting the multi use games area.

Key highlights:

  • Combined heating and power plant
  • Science laboratory services installation
  • VRF and air conditioning systems
  • Heat recovery units and air handling units
  • Supply and extract ventilation
  • External mains water and fire hydrant
  • Audio visual system - soundfield systems and induction loops
  • Fire alarm
  • Security system
  • Disabled alarms
  • PA paging systems
  • Lighting
  • LV power systems
  • Lightning protection
  • External floodlighting to multi-use games area

North Liverpool Academy
Client: Liverpool University
Value: £2.8 million
Main Contractor: Wates Construction

This first class academy provides equips students for 21st century learning, regardless of background or ability. Created to replace two comprehensive schools, the facility challenges gifted and talented students as well as providing enhanced teaching for those with special educational and complex learning needs.

This strikingly designed new academy with its spectacular 3-storey centerpiece provides an inspiring facility for its pupils, staff and the community.

Key highlights:

  • Natural ventilation system
  • Underfloor heating
  • Heat recovery units
  • Easy check emergency system
  • Fire, security and access control system
  • Day light dimming lighting controls

Preston College, Preston
Client: Preston College
Value: £1.1 million
Main Contractor: Miller Construction

The new academy is home to students on programmes from dance and drama to photography, textiles and music and includes a 100-seat theatre.

Key highlights

  • Supply and extract ventilation system
  • Refurbishment and new build works
  • Underfloor heating system
  • VRF heating and cooling System
  • Fire alarm and security systems
  • Stage lighting and audio visual system
  • Refurbishment and new build works

Rosehill Primary School, Stockport
Client: Stockport Metropolitan Council
Value: £1.2 million
Main Contractor: Kier Northern

Since September 2009 Rose Hill Primary School was operating as two sites. The new build has replaced the existing school building on the Elmfield Drive site in Marple which is over 40 years old and in poor condition. The new 2-storey building features green roofs and enhanced sports pitches with additional and improved access.

Key highlights

  • New installation of heating and ventilation
  • Air-conditioning
  • Plumbing and drainage systems
  • New installation of power, lighting, and data,
  • Access control
  • CCTV
  • External power
  • Audio-visual systems

Sir Bill Taylor's Futures Centre
Client: Blackburn College
Value: £1.6 million
Main Contractor: Bardsley Construction

The works consisted of the design and construction of approximately 2,800m2 of new build further education accommodation that will accommodate specialist teaching space for the Colleges, music and media and heavy engineering provision of TV and recording studios, electrical and engineering training workshops, mock test bungalow, and teaching rooms.

This four-storey steel framed building has been cladded with a mixture of brickwork, copper cladding, Reglit glazing and curtain walling, all fixed to a lightweight SFS framing system and built to a BREEAM excellent standard.

The new facility will include a number of renewable energy sources that will provide for the building and also act as a teaching aid for the students including PV panels, solar collectors and air source heat pumps.

Key highlights

  • CP units
  • Photovoltaic panels
  • Rainwater harvesting tanks
  • Solar hot water
  • Low voltage classroom power and safe supply units
  • Intelligent classroom lighting

Synthetic Chemistry Lab (4th & 6th Floor), University of Manchester
Client: University of Manchester
Value: £4 million
Main Contractor: BAM Construction

The project involved the refurbishment of the 4th and 6th floors of the Chemistry building whilst other floors were occupied and in use. On the 4th floor all the existing partitions, ceilings and services were carefully removed and services checked before isolation.

The 6th floor was fully stripped back to the external walls, services; partitions and ceilings were all carefully dismantled and removed from site. Due to the complexity of the Services and the potential disruption to the other floors all services that were being removed were traced, surveyed and carefully isolated before their removal.

Key highlights

  • Electrical Switchgear and Sub-main Distribution
  • Lighting & Emergency Lighting
  • Security, intruder and CCTV
  • Fire alarm system
  • Disabled persons alarm
  • Water supply systems
  • Gas supply systems
  • Heating & cooling systems
  • Fume extract supply and ventilation
  • Fume cupboards
  • Controlled systems
  • Power supply to mechanical systems
  • BMS and IT installations
  • Small power
  • Lightning protection
  • Air distribution ductwork system
  • DX heat pump system
  • Modification of existing LPHW system
  • Waste water drainage system
  • Laboratory gases
  • Chiller and pipework to cooling water plant and distribution pipework to the new process cooling loop
  • Testing and commissioning

Ditton Park Academy, Slough
Client: EFA National Framework
Value: £3.5 million
Main Contractor: Galliford Try

Ditton Park Academy is constructed of three linked buildings and a sports hall with 110 car parking spaces totalling over 8,200m². This new site allows the secondary school to have an intake of 1,100 students which includes 200 sixth formers and 150 staff.

Technical Highlights

  • Radiant panel and underfloor heating
  • Domestic hot and cold services
  • Natural ventilation
  • External gas, water and fire hydrants
  • DX air conditioning
  • Cat 6 structural cabling
  • Fire alarm, security, access, CCTV and DRA
  • Small power
  • Photovoltaics

Manor College of Technology, North East Priority School Building Programme
Client: Hartlepool Manor College
Value: £3.2 million
Main Contractor: Kier

The new Manor College building is a Future school, built as part of the 2nd phase of the North East Priority School Building Programme. The new building consists of three storeys and will provide facilities for 1250 11-16 aged pupils and 30 pupils with special education needs. The overall scheme will retain the existing swimming pool and refurbished sports hall, along with changing rooms that were recently modernised using charitable donations. Following the demolition of the remaining teaching buildings, new multi-use games area pitches, mini soccer pitches, full size football and rugby pitches and car parking will be created.

Key highlights

  • Electrical small power and lighting
  • Fire alarms / emergency services
  • LV Switchgear and sub main cabling
  • Voice and data
  • Security and CCTV
  • Car park lighting
  • Lightning protection
  • Heating and domestic hot and cold water services
  • Sanitary ware
  • Ventilation and extraction
  • Building management systems
  • Air conditioning
  • Commissioning

Holte, Mayfield & Lozells, Birmingham BSF
Client: Birmingham City Council (LEP)
Value: £5.5 million
Main Contractor: Lend Lease

Lorne Stewart carried out two years of bid work to obtain a strong position on the Birmingham BSF framework with their partner Lend Lease and this Scheme was the first to be built. The Scheme was a 17,000m2 facility which incorporated Special Needs, Primary and Secondary Education in the centre of Birmingham

Where it was possible our sister company MDSL was utilised for off site manufacturing. MDSL supplied in excess of 25,500kg of modules, which ensured the installation period of the scheme was carried out smoothly, in a timely and safe manner with a high quality end product.

Key highlights

  • BREEAM 'Excellent'
  • Biomass Boiler
  • Rain Harvesting
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Passivent System
  • Fully automated intelligent lighting scheme

Ormiston Academy, Birmingham
Client: Birmingham City Council (LEP)
Value: £3.6 million
Main Contractor: Lend Lease

As part of the Birmingham BSF programme Lorne Stewart Midlands provided a full MEP installation at the Birmingham Ormiston Academy.

The BOA as it is known is a 9000m2 facility which specialises in performing arts and digital media. The project consisted of a full chilled beam installation and also operated systems such as biomass boiler, roof top package plantroom, rain water harvesting, syphonic rain water and underfloor heating systems.

Key highlights

  • Full chilled beam installation
  • Biomass boiler
  • Roof top package plantroom
  • Rain water harvesting
  • Syphonic rain water
  • Underfloor heating systems

Southfield Community College, Wandsworth
Client: Wandsworth Borough Council
Value: £6 million
Main Contractor: Lend Lease

The Southfield's Community College development consists of a new four-story block known as The Gateway block. This houses the new Energy Centre and main plant that serves not only this new block but also services the re-furbished Blocks A & B (which is over two stories), Block D (which is over 4 stories) and the new Aspire Extension which is over three stories.

Services interfaces to the existing community block C was also within our delivery but the plant and works within this space were retained.

Key highlights

  • Construction only contract with CDPs.
  • Full mechanical, electrical and public health services including structured cabling
  • BMS
  • Security and fire alarms
  • The works were undertaken whilst the college remains in operation and due consideration for this was taken within the phasing of the works

Writhlington School
Client: BANES Council
Value: £5.2 million
Main Contractor: Kier Western

Lorne Stewart successfully delivered the mechanical, electrical and plumbing services for Writhlington School as part of the Pathfinder Schools for the Future scheme for Bath and North East Somerset Council. The scheme was to provide a new green learning facility for the local community. The project was won on a back to back competitive tendering arrangement on a Design & Build basis with the emphasis on being a proactive integral part of the team.

Key highlights

  • Biomass boilers
  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar heating
  • Rainwater harvesting