Coláiste Feirste

Irish Language School, Belfast
Value £1.125million Sector Education Consulting Engineer Delap & Waller Project Management Doherty Architects and ArdMackel

The contract consisted of the construction of a new three storey classroom extension in addition to upgrade refurbishment and alterations to existing classroom suites throughout the existing school accommodation carried out in eleven separate phases and the construction of a new stand-alone Sports Pavilion.

Heating within the new extension utilises underfloor heating whilst heating within the existing areas of the school is either radiators or heated ceiling panels. Plumbing, ventilation, gas and air conditioning services to the new classroom extension are all incorporated with control being centralised within the new basement boilerhouse. Make up supply and exhaust air for the new boilerhouse are interlinked with the operating time schedules for the natural gas fired boilers as, due to location, no natural ventilation is available.

In the refurbishment of existing Science, Home Economics and Technology Suites new gas services have been installed incorporating teacher controlled gas isolation and proving panels which also control supply to electrical outlets.

The entire underfloor heating within the new extension incorporates a control panel at each manifold controlling local circuits all under the control of the main BMS control panel located in the boilerhouse. All schedules and parameters within this panel are accessible to nominated school staff for “out of hours” and fault recognition purposes. Services within refurbished areas of the existing school have been incorporated with, and under the control of, existing BMS control panels, which in turn have been upgraded to come under control from the new centralised “front end” panel.

The Sports Hall is a “stand alone” facility with heat and hot water being generated by three ACV Heatmaster natural gas fired condensing water heaters. These operate on a “lead, lag, lag” basis with hot water priority. Heating to the Sports Hall, Changing Areas etc is embedded UFH with additional warm air to the Sports Hall via an air handling unit. Again, a “state of the art” BMS system has been installed to optimise comfort and running costs.

This project was the CCS Gold Site Award Winner 2018
The Ionad Spóirt /Sports Building at Coláiste Feirste which won two design awards:- a RIBA Award (A Royal Institute of British Architects) and a RSUA Award (The Royal Society of Ulster Architects).

This project was highly commended for the GO Sustainability Award 2018

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