Photo Accreditation: Adam Architecture & Architecture in Motion (AIM).

Construction has started earlier this year on The Levine Building at Trinity College, Oxford. This ambitious development, designed by ADAM Architecture, will provide outstanding facilities for teaching, residential accommodation, public outreach and social activity; the building design itself harmonises with the historic buildings found within the College grounds.

The building includes an auditorium, five purpose-built teaching rooms, music practise rooms, 46 student bedrooms, a flexible multi-function room and an informal study/community space with café. The building also adjoins and extends the existing college library.

Silcock Dawson are appointed by the College as Building Services and Energy and Sustainability Consultants, and have completed RIBA 3 and 4 services designs as well as a College infrastructure capacity study and a thermal comfort and overheating analysis.

In addition, Silcock Dawson have completed the Part L compliance calculations and an assessment of renewable technologies that strengthen the College's green credentials and desire to adopt an energy efficient and low carbon impact building into their campus.

Air Source Heat Pumps are to be employed to pre-heat the space heating return temperature, and also to pre-heat the mains cold water for domestic hot water use; high efficiency gas-fired boilers provide the top-up.

A residential sprinkler system will be provided in accordance with BS 9251:2014-a Category 3 system consisting of a separate sprinkler tank and sprinkler pump set.

To prepare the College's electricity supply infrastructure for the new building load, together with that of a parallel project to upgrade the college kitchen to a fully electric kitchen, the underground site sub-station is to be upgraded during a planned shutdown.

The extensive use of Revit 3D modelling during the design phase was essential to ensure that MEPH services were developed and co-ordinated with the structure and architecture to an advanced level for tender, particularly where many of the basement spaces are to be ventilated via roof-void and roof deck mounted plant.