19 March 2020
Building services provider J S Wright has secured a contract of around £11 million to fit out a new energy efficient housing development in Bristol.
The Birmingham-based company will install all the mechanical and electrical services for Castle Park View, the first private housing scheme to be connected to Bristol City Council’s heat network.
The commission from Bouygues UK involves providing the services for 375 new homes and communal areas across the 180,000 sq ft development, which is being built in the city centre on the site of a former ambulance station.
Bookended by buildings of 26 storeys and 10 storeys, the scheme will comprise 300 private rented apartments managed by M&G Real Estate and 75 affordable apartments owned by Yarlington Housing Group, as part of a four-way partnership with Homes England and Bristol City Council.
The mechanical works to be carried out by J S Wright will include providing each apartment with low-pressure underfloor hot water heating fed via a heat interface unit in a system connected to the Bristol heat network. The company will also provide boosted cold water from a cold-water plant room.
J S Wright will make use of its in-house prefabrication facility to deliver the heat interface units on easy to fit utility cupboards, saving construction time and reducing the number of trades on site.
In addition, J S Wright will equip the development with mechanical ventilation heat recovery and mechanical extract ventilation systems that will reduce energy costs. The company will also supply and install sanitaryware as well as fit an internal rainwater system and above ground drainage.
The brief also includes installing domestic sprinklers, smoke and environmental ventilation, and wet and dry risers in all areas including underground parking.
J S Wright will also carry out the electrical installations, including lighting, fire alarm, power and TV infrastructure in each apartment. The company will also install solar photovoltaic panels, security and access control systems, and M-Bus credit metering to record energy usage in individual apartments.
The company has already begun initial internal work on site with completion scheduled for December 2021.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this ground-breaking project by such a prestigious company. Our work will result in Bristol residents enjoying the highest standards of service efficiency and comfort along with cheaper low-carbon heating.”