The University of Brighton Falmer Campus was originally constructed in the 1960's as the College of Education, serving as a teacher training facility. Subsequently, the College became part of the University and, commencing in 1997, a major replacement of the original building stock began.
Westlain House, a new academic facility of 3000 m2 was constructed in 1998-99, followed by a similary sized Learning Resource Cente and Library in 2000. Along with Mayfield House, another academic building of 5,500 m2 and completed in 2002 , these threee buildings (featured separately under our 'Projects' page) replaced mainly former student
Phase 4/5, comprising an 8,500 m2 'flagship' building began in 2006. The design
team for the earlier phases, of which we were a part, was unsuccessful in procuring
the commission, losing out to the Architect, Sir Michael Hopkins practice
and the Arup Group consulting engineers.
In preparation for this flagship development, subsequently
named Checkland House, BLR Associates were
commissioned to review the existing site services
and undertake the design of the new services to
facilitate the substantially increased
load demand of the site.
Site Services Strategy
The commission was
completed over several phases,
commencing with the instruction
of a site services survey in 2002.
From this survey, the future services
infrastructure for the site was designed
comrising, the Supply Company HV cable
network , LV distribution from two 1.5 MW
substations, water and gas services distribution,
with the latter employing 330 mm diameter
pipeworks in some sections. In addition, site
infrastructure services for BMS, fire alarm, intruder
alarm, external CCTV, telephone/data and site lighting
systems were developed to follow combined services
routes around the site.
Around 2005, the University sold the northern end of the site to
Brighton & Hove Albion football club for the development of
their Amex Stadium & Facilities, which resulted in the demolition of
buidings and the loss of the tennis courts. The site services design was
revised to accommodate these changes.
The site electrical load, with all proposed buildings completed, was
projected to be less than 1.5 MW and as the HV network is effectively connected
as a ring, the University originally required two substations to allow the site to be
supplied from one when the other was shut down for maintenance. Ultimately, the
University decided that the potential benefits of providing two substations could not
support the overall cost and one substation was later omitted under the construction of Checkland House.
The background image shows the deveopment of the design before the footprint of Checkland House had been finalised and Friston House demolished. Other images below provide examples of the design in various stages of the development.