23 May 2019
Sponsored by Waterloo Air Products
Beecroft Building, University of Oxford - submitted by Hoare Lea
The Beecroft Building at the University of Oxford provides new cutting-edge laboratories, alongside collaborative office spaces to explore theoretical physics. The laboratories demanded close working practices amongst the project, contractor and client teams - establishing bespoke methods of simulating, then testing and verifying the design.
The building has pushed the Building services design to its limits and has been a research project for Hoare Lea, Laing O’Rourke / Crown House Technologies. The building provides technically onerous laboratories that are unprecedented in this configuration and context and are amongst the best globally, operating within the tightest possible tolerances of vibration and temperature.
The specific requirements of laboratories added design and build challenges to the project, with temperature control critical to its success. For example, temperature control of +/- 0.1⁰C was an ambitious target but they surpassed the brief and provided close control to +/- 0.02⁰C. This level of control has only been achieved in a handful of facilities around the world – and they have achieved it in 20 laboratories within the Beecroft Building. To deliver this, a bespoke system had to be designed, tested and built which has been proven to work, validating the design for the wider industry to adopt when required. As a result, they have shown their findings to clients and design teams working on similar projects for other universities including Cambridge, UCL and Cardiff, so they can incorporate the best practice from the Beecroft into their designs.
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The SECBE 2019 Integration & Collaborative Working Award is sponsored by Waterloo Air Products.