St Dominic’s is a high profile long established Girls Grammar School in Belfast.
The recent refurbishment project comprised the construction of an extension to the existing building to provide teaching accommodation including Information Technology rooms, Science rooms, Technology and Design rooms, Drama rooms and Music rooms in addition to general teaching and administration accommodation.
The existing buildings, portions of which are listed buildings, were completely refurbished internally including the complete replacement of all Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Services installations.
The new engineering services included the installation of new central boiler plant based on modular gas fired boilers supplying underfloor heating systems throughout the new school accommodation.
Electrical Services provisions included a campus wide IT Network, Interactive White Boards in all classrooms, access control systems, automatic daylight/dimming control in classrooms and an electronic cashless card system for Library and School Meals use.
We collaborated fully with the Client and Design Team in the BREEAM assessment for the development and provided input on all relevant Mechanical and Electrical engineering issues. For this assessment we undertook daylight modelling and dynamic modelling of classroom ventilation to ensure compliance with BB01.
A full DDA compliance study was undertaken for the existing accommodation and seven lift installations were provided, including internal and external passenger lifts, platform and stair lifts, in order to meet full compliance.