Combined Colleges Boathouse - Projects - MLM
Combined Colleges Boathouse - Projects - MLM
Combined Colleges Boathouse - Projects - MLM

Combined Colleges Boathouse

Project Information
  • Location
  • Cambridge
  • Sector
  • Sport, Leisure & Culture
  • Services
  • Buildings, Acoustics, Noise & Vibration, Building Services Engineering, Sustainability Consultancy
  • Value
  • £2.2m
  • Architect
  • RH Partnership

The Combined Cambridge Colleges of King’s, Selwyn and Churchill, together with the Leys School, commissioned MLM to provide the detailed design of the Building Services in the replacement of their existing 1960s boathouse.

The new development strategy not only provided much needed upgraded accommodation for the clubs, but also presented an opportunity to use new and energy efficient technologies to reduce the carbon footprint compared to the existing building.

Located next to the River Cam, the Boathouse boasts a raised plant room located above the flood plain which provides the heating and hot water provision via an air source heat pump.

Natural ventilation is used year-round for the fitness and circulation spaces complete with CO2 and temperature control to operate acoustic louvres on the river front façade. Temperature and natural daylight requirements are met through optimising the glazing, fabric and ventilation design. External lighting was sensitively designed to meet planning requirements and ecological restrictions.

Key Features

  • Thermal modelling to analyse the design against future climate scenarios and ensure the requirements of the Cambridge Planning Policy Carbon Reduction figures were met.
  • Climate based daylight modelling (CBDM) to optimise glazing designs.
  • Implementation of new and energy efficient technology for Underfloor Heating and Domestic Hot Water provision via Air Source Heat Pump.
  • Natural ventilation of fitness areas.
  • LED lighting throughout.
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