In pictures - progress of LCF's new building on East Bank, June 2022
LCF's new building continues at some pace now and focuses on the internal fit-out as the mechanical and electrical installation. Recent building achievements include:
- Concrete cladding to the Saw-Tooth roof structure is now complete
- Workshop windows installed up to level 12
- Chillers, air handling units, and LEV fans have been installed up to the rooftop
- Mechanical and electrical first fix continues up to level 13
- Mechanical and electrical second fix works largely progressed on lower floors
- Internal partitions installed up to level 6
- Raised access floor installation has commenced
- Large joinery samples are now largely approved, and factory production has commenced. There are over 1000 joinery items to be installed.
Previous BREEAM awards and championing sustainability
The new building was awarded the highest BREEAM rating at the design stage as 'Outstanding' in 2021. Now in the construction stage, we are also on target for an outstanding rating. An internal team will take over the BREEAM assessment role up to completion, and is now planning for the 'in-occupation stage', the third and final stage of the BREEAM standard assessment.
MACE leads on the project and construction management of LCF's building and the East Bank development, and also targets their own Gold standards for sustainability which includes tracking their carbon emissions, water consumption, percentage certified of all timber delivered, construction waste generated, percentage of construction waste diverted from landfill, and percentage of key construction materials responsibly sourced.
On-site, there is a joinery ‘sample room’ where all the samples are set-up and final details agreed upon with the design team. The image above shows a balustrade that will be installed around the cut-outs in the atrium space and a 'heart screen' with an acoustic panel sample. This is an example of one of the full-height divider screens which will be placed in the heart spaces. There will be various versions of these, some including AV screens and whiteboards installed within these structures.
Walls around the teaching spaces are being closed up and the positioning of the small power data to support the AV installation is now embedded in the walls. The structures to support the acoustic rafts are attached to the ceiling.