Cundall designs services behind existing facade
Engineering consultancy Cundall provided full MEP. acoustics, fire engineering and sustainable design for ING UK’s new 12 500 m2 London building at 8-10 Moorgate. The key challenge was to design systems to support a wide range of uses — from financial trading areas and an historical archive to a fine-dining kitchen and commercial restaurant, including MER/SER rooms
The building has a heritage-listed facade, which prevented new openings being made in the fabric. Mechanical plant and duct routes were designed to travel through the building’s structural beams.
Plant space was also limited, so Cundall provided advanced selection of equipment and details a details space layout, enabling plant locations to be established early in co-ordination 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 buildings.
All new equipment and lighting were low energy, and water consumption was reduced by using measures such as efficient variable-water-distribution systems. Fresh-air volumes are adjusted according to the needs of various areas, dynamically adjusted to occupancy and CO2 levels.