LJJ wins £3.5m contract with Signature
Mechanical and electrical contractor LJJ has been awarded a £3.5m building services contract as part of the £16m development of a 96-bed luxury care and assisted
living scheme by Signature Senior Lifestyle in Sunninghill, Berkshire.
Designed by PRP Architects with interiors by Leisure Concepts, the scheme continues LJJ’s relationship with Signature Senior Lifestyle, following three previous projects completed in Brentwood, Marlow and Kingston Upon Thames. Sunninghill is the first project that the building services specialist will deliver for main contractor, Wates Construction. The whole scheme, due for completion in May 2017, is being delivered by LJJ’s Southern office based in High Wycombe.
The luxury new build senior lifestyle and assisted living complex comprises a mix of en-suite one bedroomed apartments and en-suite studio apartments all with kitchenette. Specialist dementia care en-suite bedrooms are provided on the third floor. Facilities will include a cinema, hair salon, library, restaurant, bistro, fine dining and café area. There will also be several lounges and break out areas along with therapy rooms, spa bathrooms and gardens with water features and seating areas.
LJJ is installing all mains distribution for power, lighting and emergency lighting. LED luminaires illuminate living spaces along with architectural feature lighting to circulation and public areas.
Future telephone infrastructure will be installed to facilitate personal phone line provision to residents’ rooms and a hotel-style phone system provides internal communication for room-to-room and room-to-reception calls. The fire alarm system also communicates with staff handsets to relay fire alarm events and system status ensuring staff can locate any incidents and respond quickly. CCTV and access control systems provide security and reassurance to staff and residents by monitoring entrance areas and building perimeter and restricting access only to authorised personnel.
General ventilation will be provided by eight air handling units located on the roof with heat recovery for energy efficiency, supplying tempered air into the corridors and communal areas and extracting stale air from dining, kitchen and toilet areas. The care home will also have air conditioning in the dining and recreation areas. All mechanical and electrical plant and metering will be connected to, and communicate with, a fully-addressable BMS system enabling the maintenance team to interrogate the head-end computer and monitor equipment performance in real-time.
‘Stay put’ fire system
The home will operate a stay-put policy in the event of a fire activation which reduces panic for residents and enables them to only be evacuated as a final resort. The generator backed sprinkler and smoke extract systems facilitate this by significantly reducing risks of personal injury and damage to building. The main energy source for the building’s underfloor heating and domestic hot water systems will be a CHP (combined heat and power) unit with a 40kW thermal output and 20kW electrical output. This will be supplemented by three gas-fired boilers in the rooftop plant room.
Peter Whitmore, business unit director, Wates Construction Southern Home Counties and South West, said construction work began at Signature Senior Lifestyle’s Sunninghill development in November last year and the past five months had been spent developing a deep understanding of the client’s vision to create a luxury senior living development.
“LJJ’s appointment will facilitate us in delivering the associated mechanical and electrical services for the development, enabling us to achieve the highest levels of build quality that our client has come to expect from Wates,” said Mr Whitmore.