Installation Case Studies.

Manchester College City Centre Campus

In summer 2022 we completed a project we’d been instrumental in delivering from design concepts in 2019, The Manchester College’s new City Centre Campus.

Located opposite the Manchester Arena and Manchester Victoria Station, is the first of a two-phase vision for the site and will become home to the College’s Industry Excellence Academy for Creative and Digital Industries as well as UCEN Manchester’s Arden School of Theatre and Manchester Film School. The campus is a 5-storey block encircling a covered central courtyard. The courtyard space forms the heart of the campus and provides social/informal learning spaces at various levels. The surrounding teaching blocks have been designed specifically to ensure future flexibility. A good example of early engagement which provided high levels of interoperability of  HVAC assets using the DDE enterprise level building operating system to provide real demand based operation of plant on a room by room basis.

The new building is served by central air handling plant which is fully integrated with room smart sensors, VAVs and VRF system. The smart sensors monitor controlled spaces temperature, Co2, occupancy and trim adjustment, from a combined sensor – reducing installtion and operating costs. On the same communications backbone running throughout the building, VAVs and VRF operate only when released to do so centrally, in addition to the true occupancy status of the rooms served. This allows the central plant to modulate to real occupancy demands to reduce energy consumption in periods of low occupancy. Occupants retain the ability to control comfort conditions, and setpoints are set back in unoccupied periods to reduce energy waste.

DDE worked with the building operators, designers and construction teams from early design stages and throughout construction to deliver this BREEAM Excellent building, which is now being enjoyed by Manchester students. Design work for phase two is underway retaining DDE’s advice and expertise to ensure the consistency throughout.

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