High Growth Centre: Ellesmere Port | Wynne Construction

High Growth Centre: Ellesmere Port

  • Client University of Chester


    University of Chester

  • Contract Value £1.4m

    Contract Value


  • Architect Mersey Design Group


    Mersey Design Group

  • BREEAM Predicted - Very Good


    Predicted - Very Good

Wynne Construction was awarded the £1.4m contract by the University of Chester. The project involves the refurbishment of three buildings at the High Growth Centre in Thornton, Ellesmere Port, which was developed by the University to create an engineering and technology campus.

The University plans three uses of the campus: Teaching vocational food, engineering and chemicals courses, with the creation of a new faculty of engineering and technology; Providing 22 incubator units for pre-start and small enterprises from environmental, engineering, advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors; Promoting commercial partnerships with the University and other stakeholders at a dedicated science park.

A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building's specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

Key innovative and low-impact design features:
- Intelligent lighting controls which comprise a Bluetooth connection to each individual LED light fitting. This enables the system to be controlled wirelessly to enable a variety of arrangements for end user preferences. The system is controlled by electronic hand device which allows for instant changes to the lighting configuration allowing day lighting settings, reduced increased lux levels and timed delays when switching on or off the lighting.
- Refurbishment/Reuse of the majority of the building facade and structure rather than demolish and build new.

Building Information

Building Footprint 2794m²
Gross Internal Floor Area 2517m² comprising of
- Office 911m²
- Flex Space 261m²
- WCs 115m²
- Meeting 89m²
- Reception 60m²
- Storage 34m²
- Break Out 226m²
- Corridor 347m²
- Lobby 25m²
- Switch/Comms 81m²
- Lab 361m²
- Post 7m²

Total Site Area hectares 0.37ha

Estimated Costs

Basic Build Cost - £613/m²
Service Costs - £163/m²
Drainage and External Services - £11/m²

Building in Use

Function areas and their size 2974m²

Area of circulation - 726m²

Predicted Water Consumption
- Predicted water use - 12 m³ /person/year
- 90% predicted water use to be provided by rainwater harvesting

Predicted Electricity Consumption
- 170kWh/m²/annum

Predicted Fossil Fuel Consumption
- 180kWh/m²/annum

Predicted renewable energy generation
- 0kWh/m²

Site Impacts

Target CO2 Emissions for Site Activities - Kg

Actual v Target CO2 Emissions for Site Activities - Diesel

Actual v Target CO2 Emissions for Site Activities - Electricity

Target Water Consumption for Site Activities - m³

Actual v Target Water Consumption for Site Activities

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