Little Mary Street – Staycity
Hotel & Leisure
John Fleming Architect
The building is a six-story construction 340nr bed self-contained aparthotel over one level of the basement. Each room has its own kitchen with planning awarded for both a commercial and domestic purposes. The building has its own 10Kv MV transformer & services include, power distribution, emergency & general lighting, external lighting, MV & LV installation, standby generator, Data, disabled refuge, induction loop, fire detection, CCTV, access control, intruder alarm, electric car charging, VRF air conditioning, local heat recovery ventilation and central gas fired hot water generation.
To develop a large modern state-of-the-art aparthotel in a restricted north inner city centre site. The proposed new development is designed with consideration to the EU energy performance Building Directive (EPBD) and the Building Regulations Technical Guidance Document strategy for sustainable urban design and reductions in energy and carbon emissions. The proposed design strategy is to utilise sustainable design options that are technically and environmentally friendly.
Unique challenges of the project:
The footprint of the project is small with limited space for storage and offices. As it is a city centre project deliveries are at a premium with all cranes requirements scheduled in advance. As part of our modern methods of construction initiative all our containment brackets are manufactured off-site. The quantity of room types, 40+, lent itself to a comprehensive coordination process. Achieving the client/Architect’s desired finish was challenging due the quantity of services in such a small footprint. Tritech were both Mech and Elec on the project simplified the coordination process.
The contractual programme targets were extremely optimistic, the development was to be delivered over an initial 11-month period. Unfortunately, the project delivery phase spanned the entire of the Covid-19 pandemic derailing these initial targets. As a team we had to pool together to overcome the subsequent challenges such as social distancing, Covid related absences, stop start works and supply chain disruptions to ultimately deliver the project over a net 13-month period excluding the lockdowns.
The contract was awarded as a combined M&E package on a design and build basis.
We worked closely with Axiseng on all things design from plant and pipe sizing to acoustic performance to ensure the ultimate delivery of a variation cost neutral product in compliance client’s brand standards.
We collaborated closely with the electrical team from pre-construction through to commissioning removing the typical M&E coordination, scope gaps, commissioning, and communication issues from becoming the client’s problem.