The large-scale regeneration of Glasgow city centre begins with the extension and refurbishment of this major shopping centre. First built in the late 1980s, St Enoch — which already occupies three city blocks — is to be extended on two sides, and a link is to be inserted to the adjacent Debenham’s.
Our services engineers are working closely with the Carbon Trust to find ways of reducing CO2 emissions over the building’s lifetime. Historically the centre — whose façade is entirely glazed — has relied on extensive combined heating and cooling systems. Even so, excessive radiant heat has been a recurring problem.
We’ve used CFD modelling to develop key services interventions to promote low-energy performance alternatives. For example, adapting the building’s passive ventilation system has limited the need for mechanical heat extraction. Window shading specifications help reduce solar gain while also minimizing the impact of radiant heat. As a result we’ve been able to entirely design-out the need for a mechanical cooling system, substantially reducing life cycle costs.