The Strand, Swansea

Client: Crosslane Student Developments UK Ltd

Service: Civil, Structural & MEP

The Strand is a 310-bed city centre student residential accommodation complex of mixed height (to a maximum of 12-storeys), following the natural contours of the area. The BREEAM “Very Good” rated development includes a foyer, cinema, gymnasium, communal lounges, general amenity spaces, roof terraces, external courtyard, and bicycle parking facilities.

Hill Cannon were appointed to provide MEP consultancy services from the pre-planning stages and worked closely with the architects and client design team to mould the initial architectural layouts into a solution that could accommodate the required MEP plant and services distribution.

To satisfy Welsh Building Regulations the optimum design solution included a rooftop photovoltaic array, roof mounted air source heat pumps serving the domestic hot water supply plant located in a ground floor plant room, and electric heating to studios. In addtion to this, the building is provided with a green roof to attenuate rainwater drainage requirements.

Hill Cannon took a lead role in driving the fire strategy and achieved a natural smoke ventilation soultion combined with a full residential sprinkler installation.

In additon to this Hill Cannon managed all intial liaison with the statutory utillity companies to establish supply requirements and available capacities.