Brunel House Mixed Use Development

Situated in the heart of Portsmouth’s up and coming Gunwharfs Quays and surrounding development area, this iconic project is to house a 200 bed hotel, 500 bed student accommodation for Portsmouth University, 200 apartments and a mixture of retail and commercial lets. A second site is to be erected also for a multi storey car park specifically for Brunel House users. The project aims to provide a focal centre adjacent to the busy Portsmouth Harbour station providing a high standard of accommodation for multiple usage types.

Given the importance/significance of the project on the local landscape, Elementa’s and the teams focus has been to provide a blend of uses that benefit the local economy while maximising the development potential of the site. The rights to light have, to an extent, dictated the form of the building and has presented some distribution challenges which Elementa has resolved with the design team. Elementa has brought its multiple sector experience to the project providing robust and coordinated solutions particularly in association with plant and riser spaces to maximise the potential of the project.

Elementa’s engineering, energy and sustainability service has focused around a well coordinated, energy efficient and sustainable approach. Portsmouth have stipulated high sustainable aspirations for the site; CODE level 5, an overall 15-20% saving in the buildings CO2 in operation using renewable or centralised district sources etc. Elementa’s pre-planning duties therefore very much focused on providing the most economic holistic approach to the scheme as a whole while carefully coordinating with the various tenancy lease and adjacency requirements.

The energy strategy that we have produced is therefore focused on the best benefit outcome for the project.

The scheme is being fully developed in BIM level 3 using autocad ReVIT leap by the architect and completely integrated with the team.

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