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The Garden Halls, University of London

Mecserve was appointed to provide full energy and sustainability strategy support for this 1,200-bedroom student accommodation project in Bloomsbury. The scheme delivers an improved central student campus across more than 350,000 ft² for University of London. 

We have worked closely with the appointed development team to develop a cost-effective and robust strategy. 

Most of the existing buildings were demolished and a new structure was formed from an in-situ concrete frame with brick-faced concrete cladding panels on all external elevations, two new internal courtyards feature a render finish. The private gardens were also redeveloped, and four new tennis courts were installed.

The Hughes Parry Tower was refurbished, which included replacing all internal and external finishes, as well as the upper two floors.

Mecserve has acted as energy and sustainability consultants and BREEAM assessors. The building is designed to be very energy efficient and includes a central heating system with CHP and efficient boilers and it also has PV panels on the roof together with green roof. 

  • BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating achieved

Contract Value: £70.35m

Client: University Partnerships Programme/University of London

Architect: TP Bennett Architects (Principle Façades: Maccreanor Lavington Architects)

Quantity Surveyor: McBains Cooper

Structural Engineer: Cundall

Services provided by Mecserve: Energy analysis & simulation, sustainability benchmarking, vertical transportation and an overseeing role for the client