The new Belfast Metropolitan building combines classrooms and training facilities for 2,500 students with commercial suites, offices, a library, cafes, restaurants and retail units within the seven storey education facility in Belfast's Titanic Quarter including basement carpark with 320 spaces under a design and build contract.
Services included high & low voltage distribution, general & emergency lighting, power systems, fire alarm & disabled refuge alarms, CCTV & access control, intruder alarms, lightning protection system, public address, telephone systems & structured cabling & building management systems.
Energy efficient high frequency fluorescent & compact fluorescent light fittings, individually zoned and triggered motion sensors and daylight sensing controls were installed next to windows in classrooms to measure the level of available daylight & adjust the light output accordingly.
Access control system is set up to prevent unauthorised access to “restricted” areas of the school and to “lock down” certain areas of the building at key times during the day / evening.
This scheme sets a new benchmark in energy efficiency. The heating and ventilation systems are individually zone-designed and triggered into action only when specific areas are in use. The building management system provides a breakdown of the energy use by zoned area whilst efficiently optimising the building's energy consumption.
A rainwater harvesting system combined with waterless urinals and leak detection systems have been incorporated as cost effective conservational measures to minimise waste of water in non-portable applications.
The BMS installation includes features to help operate the building in a flexible manner depending upon the room usage, other features such as CO2 monitoring and occupation detection is used to reduce the air change rates in rooms that are not fully occupied.