National building services provider SES – Shepherd Engineering Services – saved four weeks of labour time in the process through its pioneering off-site manufacturing facility.
Working alongside main contractorOsborne, SES completed the design and installation of all M&E works within the institution’s new Central London school community hub. Utilising its prefabrication facility, SES PRISM delivered a series of off-site solutions resulting in significantly reducing both costs and labour hours spent on-site during the £25m new build project.
The first new building that the London School of Economics and Political Science has commissioned in over 40 years, Saw Swee Hock’s dramatic sculptural form and unusual perforated brick facade design has already won acclaim from students, staff and architecture critics alike. The dynamic structure, situated in the heart of the campus, just off London’s West End, was recently awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award.
The building, which has achieved a BREEAM Outstanding accreditation for sustainable design, incorporates a range of academic and support services for the London School of Economics and Political Science’s growing-community. These include a pub, media centre and gym, as well as the offices that deal with residences, accommodation and the LSE Careers Service. Additionally, the site features advice and counselling rooms and a faith centre.
Tasked to provide a broad range of M&E services from design to installation on the project, SES’s off-site manufactured solutions included the prefabrication of the two multi-service riser modules including ventilation, wet services and mechanical and electrical units.
Chris Catterick, non-executive director of SES PRISM, commented: “With challenges including a very confined city-centre location and complex services co-ordination, this project would have been far more demanding using traditional on-site installation methods and would have also come with significant cost implications.
“The riser delivery, which would have taken at least four weeks using traditional transportation and installation procedures because of the tight location, was completed in just one day, saving a total of 1,500 man hours.
“Our extensive experience of successful off-site delivery in the national education sector has enabled us to identify and implement the optimum solution for this job and the London School of Economics’.
“Our PRISM facility is at the forefront of M&E installations, meaning we can offer the most effective solutions to even the most technically complex projects. As a business, we are always considering ways we can continuously improve our working practices and we are restless in our approach to providing clients with workable, practical solutions to any on-site challenge.”
SES has previously completed projects for institutions such as Holland Park School and Kensington Academy in London, Warwick University, Liverpool University and Greenwich University.
Kenneth Kinsella, London School of Economics and Political Science’s director of capital development, commented: “The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre is an ambitious building and Shepherd Engineering Services provided excellent support during its construction.”