Back to Portfolio

Portswood Road, Southampton

This student accommodation development comprises 435 bedrooms across 140,000 ft² and supporting areas. Mecserve provided RIBA stage 3 building services design for development by the contractor.

The central LTHW system utilises combined heat and power (CHP) units that generate electricity while using the waste heat to satisfy the hot water and space heating demand of the building. A variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system using reverse-cycle heat pumps provides heating and comfort cooling to the communal areas on the lower floors. Ventilation in these areas is provided by air handling units (AHUs) of high heat recovery efficiency. All light fittings throughout the building are of LED types to reduce energy consumption and photovoltaic panels installed on the roof will produce renewable energy to be used on site.

The development is being assessed against the criteria set in the BREEAM New Construction 2014 scheme and aims to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

  • BREEAM 'Excellent' rating targeted

Contract Value: £20m

Client: Select Group (VITA Student)

Architect: Architecture PLB

Project Manager/Quantity Surveyor: Quartz

Structural Engineers: Gyoury Self

Services provided by Mecserve: Building services engineering, energy analysis & simulation, sustainability benchmarking and vertical transportation

Project Imagery: © Select Property Group