Apartment block stairwell pressurisation system

Construction of a new mixed-use apartment block in Manchester city centre which stalled when the original developer was declared bankrupt required urgent consulting engineering support.

Contract Value: 5m
Date: 2008
Local Authority: Manchester City Council


Based in the Ancoats area of the city, this architect-designed scheme was predominantly residential, comprising 28 apartments in total including 3 penthouses, plus ground floor commercial provision and car parking. Regrettably, during construction the developer entered into insolvency proceedings and the completion of works was agreed to be undertaken by the project manager who appointed a new principle contractor.

The Challenge

On appointment by our client, the site was watertight however internal partitions had yet to be installed together with the majority of the building services provision. Completion of the scheme required expert technical advice and a rigorous approach in order to resolve the outstanding building services issues in a diplomatic and professional manner.

Our Solution

As the appointed consulting engineers, our first consideration was adopting the correct procedure for the appropriate handover of the existing technical details. Working with the client and other stakeholders we are currently advising on a comprehensive M&E specification which acknowledges the existing investment made in the scheme whilst bringing innovation from our practice that suits the practical and financial constraints at this stage of the project.

This includes Consolux advising on the installation of all plumbing, electrical, lighting and power supply, the fitting of a fire-fighting dry riser, fire alarm and a stairwell pressurisation system (SPS).

Completed May 2008.

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