Hive Group has delivered its third sustainable engineering strategy for Landsec’s Myo portfolio with the successful transition of Myo New Street Square to a 45,000 sq. ft all electric asset.

Working with its partners Collins Construction, dMFK, Blackburn, Parmarbrook, D2E, Ekkist, Kinly the team has redesigned and condensed the roof of plant area to create a 5,000 sq. ft wraparound roof terrace, with adjacent internal meeting rooms and lounge, and an exposed-MEP services ceiling design across the six floors.

Landsec tasked Hive to design a sustainable engineering strategy that would take Myo New Street Square from its current condition to one with new services within a Cat A and Cat B environment and investigate how to de-gas and transition the building away from fossil fuel. The team is targeting a Well Platinum rating for the asset.

Hive’s strategy also needed to incorporate a ‘pathway to net zero’ and an engineering design that aligned with the regimented and regulated nature of the services and the internal aesthetic of the workspaces. This approach would support the current aesthetic as well as enable any future modifications of the building.

Working closely with dMFK, the team needed to consider the specific design parameters for the complex roof and plant enclosure, as well as conduct numerous studies about free air movement, creating a bespoke louvre arrangement for the roof.

As a result, the team was able to deliver the client’s aim of relocating the plant into a smaller area while ensuring optimum functionality, enabling development of the wraparound terrace.

Further solutions throughout the building include:

– Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) throughout delivering the primary fresh air load

– Intelligent control of heat gains and losses by the Hybrid Variable Refrigerant Flow (HVRF) system

– Adaptive ventilation throughout the building that senses CO2 concentration and adjusts the fresh air supply

Matt Lubbock, Director, Hive said: “We have combined an appreciation for our client’s aspirations with the right toolkit to address them, zeroing in on the answer, avoiding multiple iterations, and using intensive energy modelling to provide the best options. Landsec is one of the leaders in developing sustainable engineering strategies for their assets and this strategy for Myo New Street Square will pay dividends in the future as they seek to continue to modify the building for the better.”

Natasha Morris, Head of Myo, at Landsec said “Hive were essential partners in the creation of Myo New Street Square. Their collaborative approach has been fundamental to fulfilling our ambition to be the leader in innovative workspaces focused on wellbeing and sustainability. We look forward to working with them on many more Myo projects to come.”

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