Category 2 Sprinkler Installation in Student Accommodation in Manchester
Located on Cambridge Street in the heart of Manchester’s student community, Church Inn student accommodation was a £5.5m student accommodation project, built on the site of an old pub which closed in 2016.
The final building made use of the original brickwork sign from the demolished pub.
Base Fire Sprinklers were employed by Shaw Contract Management Ltd as part of their package to install the mechanical and electrical services for the main contractor GMI Construction, and the client Alumno, a property company which specialises in developing student housing.
The building is nine storeys tall and contains sixty, bedroom student apartments, with communal living spaces.
This project was the beginning of a new working relationship between Shaw Contracts and Base Fire Sprinklers, and one that both companies hope to continue in the future.
The project commenced in 2021, Base were asked to design a Category 2 sprinkler system compliant with to BS9251:2014 with its own independent pump and tank to protect all areas of the building. In the early design stages, Base gathered the architects ceiling drawings along with Shaw Contracts electrical and mechanical drawings to produce a fully co-ordinated bespoke design for the sprinkler system. The installation began on site for Base in January 2022 with completion being due prior to students moving in in September 2022. The communal corridors and breakout areas were initially designed to have no ceilings, showing the exposed services.
During the project several different ceiling options were looked at in these areas, Base worked with Shaw contracts and designed a system for each scenario being proposed to come up with a solution that the client liked. The outcome was a ceiling in the corridors but leaving the breakout areas exposed, creating a bulkhead in between the two areas.
The system was completed and commissioned on schedule with a final count of 205 sprinklers installed.
Base Project Manager Ben Rigby said about the project “Church Inn was a great start to a new working relationship with Shaw Contract Management. The whole team enjoyed working with Kevin and his team to bring this unique project to life.”
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