Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Cundall has provided full MEP, acoustics, fire engineering and sustainable design for ING UK’s new 135,000ft² London building at 8-10 Moorgate.
Cundall’s key challenge on the project was to design systems to support a wide range of uses, from financial trading areas and a historical archive to a fine dining kitchen and commercial restaurant, including MER/SER rooms.
The building has a heritage-listed façade, which added a complication to the design, preventing new openings being made in the fabric. Mechanical plant and duct routes were designed to travel through the building’s structural beams. Plant space in the building was also limited, so Cundall provided advanced selection of equipment and developed a detailed plant space layout, enabling plant locations to be established early, in coordination with existing equipment and architecture.
The building already had a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and the fit out intended to maintain and, where possible, improve the sustainability credentials of the base building. All new equipment and lighting were low energy, and water consumption was reduced by using measures such as efficient variable water distribution systems. The overall strategy aimed to enhance the health and wellbeing of the occupants by providing comfortable and engaging spaces. Cundall addressed indoor air quality by varying the fresh air volumes according to the needs of the various areas, dynamically adjusted to occupancy and CO2 levels.
Says Daniel Bennett, Building Automation Director at Cundall: “Collaboration was key and we held regular workshops to ensure everyone could make their requirements known as well as seeking clarification on any design or coordination issues. It was a pleasure to work with such a committed client and innovative project team.”
Designed by tp bennett, the space reflects ING UK’s modern, progressive attitude and unique heritage in an elegant mix of contemporary and traditional materials.
Image: tp bennett/ Nick Guttridge photography.