Professional Practice Application

Project: VIRIUM

The package of documents below were drawn up to illustrate how project: Virium, could be adhered to in a real life application.

Design and Access Statement: A summary of my proposal with notable features concerning context and design, as well as touching upon professional documentation

Construction Design Management - Considerations: A series of spreadsheets I formed to highlight examples of how CDM Regulations may be considered and realised  for my proposal from 'construction' phase, to 'in-use' and 'maintenance'.  

Building Regulations: Examples of how elements of the scheme comply


Design considerations adhering to FIRE SAFETY APPROVED DOCUMENT B

- (a) 
3.30. If a protected stairway projects beyond, is recessed from or is in an internal angle of the adjoining external wall of the building, then the minimum distance between an unprotected area of the building enclosure and an unprotected area of the stair enclosure should be 1800mm. The 1800mm wall stretch as labelled on the diagram, is fire-resistant construction as the wall is part of adjacent building enclosure. 

- (b) 2.10 Alternative escape routes should be at directions of 45 degrees or more apart. As shown, two routes are angled at 65degrees apart. 

- (c) and (d)
2.9 The building design should be based on the number of occupants.  For a storey with maximum capacity of 30 people, the minimum number of routes 1. The accomodation unit (with 15 bunk-beds, so max. capacity of 30), has 2 escape routes in different directions (blue (d) and green(c). This is to comply with limitations on travel distance. Having two routes, extends maximum travel distance within a residential institution to 18m, which Covers the central accomodation units section as shown. 

- (ei  and e.ii) 2.3. Minimum width of escape route for up to 60 people is 750mm. Both routes exceed this requirement. 

In accordance with section 1.3 for a general access stair: 
- Closed risers as the building is not a dwelling 
- Going must be between: 250mm-400mm
- Rise: 150mm-170mm
- The maximum number of risers between landings is 6, (so the stairway does not exceed 12)

Specification: Glass Roof panels in growing house

£120.00 per m2

Acoustics Performance:
To minimize disruption from urban traffic, glass must have a Rw value of at least 20db. 

Thermal Performance:
Glass must not have a Ug Value of above 1.0-1.1 W/m2K. This is to ensure maximum thermal energy retention in the growing house, to grow tropical plants

Structual Performace: (see engineer)
Building regulations require all facades be designed to withstand a wind load of at least 0.5kN, 

Glass should be laminated to protect against UV, and is most durable (resistant to breakage.) 


G-Value of minimum 0.6 for maximum solar light transmittance.

Low iron glass is a purer glass product that has been manufactured with a lower iron oxide content. This creates a much clearer glass product. 

Widely available from supplies such as Pilkington. 2-3weeks from order. 

1. Existing rubble backed wall 
2. Non-shrink cementitious grout
3. Box frame - steel I beams
4. 14mm holes, at 300mm vertical centres with 12mm stud anchors.
5. 100mm embedment
 6. Glass roof panels (SPECIFIED)
7. Silicone sealant
8. Prefabricated window casment and flashing
9. Pre-drilled weep hole adjacent to bolt

10. Bolts 6mm
11. Moment connection
12. Stainless steel 12mm cable
13. Spider fitting: Pilkington Planar™ Nexus casting connected to steelwork and Pilkington Planar™ 902 bolts to a façade glass.

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