Dalriada Student Accomodation
The design and build of a new student accommodation complex incorporating two and three storey buildings to create 623 rooms within 30 blocks located at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, known as Dalriada Student Village. The traditional build was located within a live campus environment with shared access, designed to create a village feeling. The project was complete with administration buildings, offering dual usage as quality student facilities during university semesters and holiday apartments through the summer break. The M&E service installations were designed considering the use of the buildings and their domestic nature, ensuring minimal lifecycle costs for instance we installed high efficiency condensing boilers rather than a central boiler plant. Other sustainability measures included the use of presence detection lighting and the provision of an efficient airtight thermal box by increasing the thermal performance of the building fabric.
We successful worked within the live university campus and decanted students during and between term times which required collaborative working with the university and students to develop a programme around peak periods and exam times. The site was also located close to the proximity of a residential area and listed buildings, therefore noise, vibration and dust was monitored and we ensured regular contact with the neighbouring properties to keep them up to date with progress.