KJ Tait Engineers provided full MEP design services, and sustainability and BREEAM consultancy for the redevelopment of the Garthdee campus. This £100m masterplan project incorporates a major new 25,000 m² academic building for the schools of Pharmacy, Life Sciences, Engineering and Computing; a phase 2 extension for the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment; a new nursery; and refurbishment of existing buildings. The new buildings incorporate state-of-the-art laboratories, multimedia teaching facilities, a library and general teaching space as well as social facilities for staff and students. Upon completion the development will provide a total new build of some 34,000 m² of additional space at the Garthdee campus with a further 10,000 m² of reconfigured space within the existing estate.
The engineering services design for the project maximises the use of natural ventilation by means of opening windows, crossflow ventilation and stack ventilation. This design was developed following extensive computer modelling of the scheme, and maximum benefit is gained from building fabric, insulation and façade design and through the careful minimisation of internal heat gains. A ground-source heat pump system is incorporated, which generates 1MW of heating and also meets all building cooling requirements. The new development meets the stated aim of BREEAM Very Good, and minimises energy consumption, leading to lower ongoing running costs.