Amidst all the difficulties, it has been great to see positive news emerging from our industry; signs that deals are still being done, clients pushing forward with development plans and the planning system still moving.
We were very pleased to see the Store Street residential scheme submitted for planning in April.
Store Street is an affordable housing scheme situated along the Ashton Canal in the Piccadilly Village area of Manchester. The scheme, being developed by Clarion Housing and H20 Urban, includes 63 new apartments and 3 town houses, which are to be constructed over 11 storeys.
Hannan Associates have been appointed to develop the MEP services design, undertake design stage Part L Compliance checks and to produce an Energy Statement in support of the planning application which has been submitted to Manchester City Council.
The apartments consist of one and two bed types and are contained within a triangular shaped block on the lower levels, with a more traditional block tower construction emanating at six storeys high. Each of the 2-bed town houses is enveloped by the building and are constructed over ground and the first level, with each being accessed directly off Store Street.
At handover, fifty percent of the car parking spaces will be supplied by electric vehicle charge points, with passive provision for the remaining 50% of spaces. Secure cycle storage has also been included and a proportion of ‘green space’ incorporated into the scheme design by provision of an accessible terrace area on the sixth level.
It is currently proposed that an ‘all-electric’ services strategy will be adopted for both the apartments and the town houses in order to help future-proof the homes and contribute towards Manchester’s 2038 Net Zero Carbon Target.
Other members of the team include AHR Architects, WSP, Chroma Consulting and Walker Sime.
Hannans have supported our clients with the delivery of residential accommodation to the value of around £400M in recent years. We have played a key role in developments for the For Sale, Private Rental, High End, Social and Retirement markets. To find out more about our Residential experience please click here to see our brochure:
If you would like to talk to us about a future project please get in touch.
With 2020 well under way, we reflect on some of the exciting schemes we will be working on this year…..
New Bailey, Salford
The English Cities Fund’s £650 million regeneration scheme transforming the area of Salford Central. The 44-acre masterplan contains commercial, retail and residential buildings creating a new and vibrant destination for people to live, work and relax. Further details.
The £5.5bn development delivered by Peel Land Property involves the transformation of the central and northern docks in the city of Liverpool. Regenerating 60 hectares to create a world-class, high quality, mixed use development at the historic dockland. Once complete, Liverpool Waters will attract new residents, business, jobs and leisure space. Further details.
Wirral Growth Hub
A 50:50 joint venture between Muse Developments and Wirral Council, with the aim of delivering, large-scale, mixed use regeneration across the borough, with initial phases focused on Birkenhead town centre. Further details.
Omega, situated at J8 M62, is being delivered by Omega Warrington Ltd and is currently the largest mixed-use development site in the North West. With around 2.5m sq ft of logistics space Omega is currently home to Brakes, Hermes Parcelnet, Travis Perkins, Asda, the Hut Group, Plastic Omnium, Amazon, Dominoes, Royal Mail and the Delivery Group. Further details.
Arena Central, Birmingham
Arena Central forms a significant part of Birmingham’s vision for regeneration and is situated in Birmingham’s city centre Enterprise Zone. Designed to meet the city’s growing demand for high-quality office space and city centre residential accommodation, the vision for the site is to create a vibrant, class-leading development, set around a unique and innovative public realm. Further details.
Rochdale Riverside is part of Rochdale Council’s £250 million town centre regeneration programme. This mixed use development includes a new 200,000 sq ft retail and leisure quarter featuring a six-screen Reel Cinema and Hollywood Bowl Puttstars. Further details.
Waterside Places started building homes in New Islington, Ancoats over a decade ago and in that time the area has seen much growth. Ancoats is now one of the most desirable neighbourhoods to live in Manchester City Centre and has seen the addition of a school, new bars, restaurants, retail and office space – and there is much more to come over the next 10 years.
This exciting new development, which has now nearly sold out, incorporates 103 new homes including one and two bedroom luxury apartments and three and four bedroom town houses set around a central courtyard next to the Ashton Canal basin.
The Hannan residential team provided MEP Performance Design Duties together with On Site Installation Quality Monitoring and Testing and Commissioning Witnessing Duties.
In recent years we have supported our clients with the delivery of residential accommodation to the value of around £400M, playing a key role in developments for the For Sale, Private Rental, High End, Social and Retirement markets.
As Building Services consultants we focus on using engineering and technology to help create desirable places to live which meet the needs and expectations of residents. Our track record in this sector provides us with a knowledge of the key drivers but equally we recognise the need to continually respond to market changes especially as the need for more new homes in the UK increases.
We understand the balance of development deliverables and financial viability and achieve this by always seeking the optimum design.
Our approach to sustainability is to follow the Energy Hierarchy, which encourages the inclusion of energy efficient design features throughout the development to minimise both the carbon and environmental footprint and to meet sustainable standards set by Clients, Planning & Building Regulations.
Our strategy embraces a Lean, Mean and Green approach through the use of advanced building modelling software and passive design techniques such as improving building fabric elements and air tightness criteria beyond the level required to comply with the Building Regulations.
We incorporate high-efficiency systems and effective controls throughout the design such as, gas fired condensing boilers to provide both hot water and heating with an efficiency of up to 98% and energy efficient LED lighting where practicable. Mechanical ventilation systems which include heat recovery and low specific fan powers are specified in order to keep costs to a minimum whilst maintaining high level of energy efficiency.
Renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels and/or solar thermal are incorporated where possible to achieve CO2 targets or provide desirable benefits.
Overheating in Homes
Rising environmental temperatures, changes in building types, the drive towards energy efficiency and poor installation practice all contribute towards overheating issues in homes. These issues alongside the ever increasing demand for new homes increases the need for improved design solutions to counter overheating.
As Building Services Engineering consultants we are involved in an increasing number of high and low rise residential schemes where it is our responsibility to help clients find the appropriate design solutions to mitigate or control overheating.
Using the latest BRE approved dynamic simulation modelling software to ensure compliance with the latest regulations and relevant standards we build and carry out detailed thermal modelling analysis to assess the risk of overheating.
The thermal model we develop allows us to compare how the various building envelope, shading or ventilation methods compare when limiting overheating. It also factors in site specific constraints such as acoustic restrictions and air quality and can analyse these factors whilst maintaining energy efficiency to comply with Building Regulations.
Post-occupancy Testing and Lessons Learnt
As an organisation, we endeavour to learn from our previous projects through engagement with clients, the design and construction teams, and purchasers and occupiers. Post-occupancy evaluations are regularly undertaken to identify both positive elements from our designs and any areas that could potentially be improved.
This history of interaction with purchasers and occupiers has led to numerous design improvements. These include the use of smart metering and heating controls, which have dramatically improved the building’s environment thus creating better places to live. Also, the installation of electric vehicle charging points, to both encourage low carbon emission transport and to minimise the impact of the development on local air quality.
If you would like any advice from a member of our residential team about an existing or future project please contact Jamie Hall or Sean Duffy.