Spie UK is working with the University of Dundee as the main contractor to carry out various mechanical and electrical installation tasks under a three-year framework contract.
Under the End User Framework, Spie UK will be responsible for the design, upgrade and replacement of mechanical and electrical installations. Spie is tasked with complex mechanical engineering work requiring specialist BIM skills, steam design, HPHW design and the ability to maintain live environments so as not to disrupt the studies of the university's students across over 50 buildings within the higher education facility.
A key element of the contract is the replacement of existing steam systems critical to the running of the School of Life Sciences. The work is typical of that required under the framework because it needed advanced BIM techniques to demonstrate how downtime of the learning facilities will be minimised, while also necessitating mechanical engineering skills to meet the specific requirements and engineering excellence expected by the University of Dundee.
In addition, the Wellcome Trust Building, where Spie is installing the new steam boilers, serves laboratories with ongoing medical research. Some of these research projects have been running for years and, therefore, maintaining the live steam while undertaking the new installation is critical and requires "meticulous attention to detail".
Other elements within the framework include a new plant for the student union swimming pool, removal and provision of a new oil tank facility in preparation for a new CHP plant, and provision of additional heating to the library space via duct-mounted heater batteries.