Translational Research Centre (TRC), Glasgow.

Project: Translational Research Centre (TRC), Glasgow.

Leading mechanical and electrical contractor, Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES), is set to begin a £3.5 million Mechanical & Electrical (M & E) services contract for the new £9 million Beatson Translational Research Centre (TRC) in Glasgow.

Being constructed by Mansell, a Balfour Beatty Company, for the University of Glasgow, the project will see the creation of the new four-storey research laboratory, office building and car parking facilities.

The project’s M&E services have been designed by mechanical and electrical building services engineers, KJ Tait. The M&E services which are being delivered by Mansell, incorporate a number of sustainable elements including high efficiency turbo chiller and air handling units with Econet heat recovery packages. To further minimise the environmental impact of the project, BBES has incorporated offsite manufacturing for the modular risers and the plant room.

Using the latest lean construction methods and off-site manufacturing techniques, BBES will prefabricate the modular risers and plant skids, before delivering to site ready for a faster, more efficient and safer installation. Manufactured by BBES at its Modular Systems + facility, this will allow site construction to run concurrently with manufacturing. As well as reducing working hours on site, including hot works and working at height, this approach will also reduce material waste whilst ensuring quality control through manufacture in a controlled environment.

Other M&E services that BBES will supply and install on site comprise full air conditioning, BMS controls, fume and MSC exhaust systems, RO water, medical gas systems, UPS and generator standby systems, small power and lighting systems.

Once complete, the project will form the final stage of Glasgow’s cancer care strategy alongside Beatson Oncology Centre and Beatson Institute for Cancer Research. It will specialise in research into the most common tumours that cause the most deaths in Glasgow, including endocrine, smoking-related and gastro-intestinal cancer.

The project further demonstrates BBES’ commitment to delivering sustainable projects in terms of efficient and low environmental impact delivery as well as the creation of low energy in use buildings.

Work on the Beatson Translational Research Centre is expected to be complete in summer 2012.