King Shaw provided engineering support including sustainability and building Services detailed design and structural engineering for two halls of residence at Magdalen College. The existing services systems serving the 51 bedrooms were failing and required updating to provide modern energy efficient systems for both students and summer conference delegates alike.
Following surveys of the building and detailed analysis King Shaw presented a number of options to help the college decide on their preferred systems.
Due to archaeological and site constraints the main generating equipment are gas boilers, however future proofing on the systems will allow connection from renewable systems if installed in the future. A building management system has also been designed to ensure that maximum efficiency of the systems are achieved.
Extensive surveying of the building has been carried out to find a suitable location for a new plantroom. Once the decision was taken to locate this in the undercroft a strategy for constructing this was developed. A new access is to be formed through the external wall into the undercroft. When this is established the internal ground levels is to be reduced and new infill reinforced concrete slabs cast using the existing ground beam grillage as edge supports. Structurally various options for risers through the existing load bearing masonry and hollow core plank were reviewed and recommendations for constructing these agreed.