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Royal Mail Delivery Office

Royal Mail Delivery Office

Norstead was appointed for the full M&E design and build services installation to the Royal Mail Delivery Office in South Shields.

The South Shields Delivery Office project comprises the creation of a new build Royal Mail delivery office and associated external compound and auxiliary areas. The main building houses the main sorting hall and associated offices and welfare facilities. The building consists of a metal framed build, with single storey rooms around the perimeter on two sides and a mezzanine plant deck above the offices on one elevation only.

The works comprised of but were not limited to the following:

Comfort cooling/heating installations has been provided to the admin, offices, and customer service point. Indoor units are of the recirculation type with no fresh air introduced through the units. Space heating in the form of a gas fired boiler plant serving a LTHW heating system will be provided to serve a radiator circuit, which feeds radiators within the offices, WC’s, drying room, welfare, enquiries-private.

The LTHW heating system also serves over door warm air curtains within the customer service point, entrance area and indirect domestic hot water service cylinder located on the plant deck.

  • Domestic hot and mains cold water services
  • Natural gas service – The natural gas service serves the LTHW heating boilers located on the plant deck and the high level direct gas fired unit heaters located within the main sorting hall.
  • Ventilation – A common dirty extract system comprising twin type extract fan was provided to ventilate the drying room, shower room, disabled WC, cleaner’s store, female WC and male WC. Fresh air heat recovery units located at high level on the plant deck were provided to ventilate the main sorting area and general office accommodation where no natural ventilation is available.
  • LV Switchgear and sub-distribution
  • Lighting – Comprising Tecton linear track for the main sorting hall, DALI controlled and daylight dimming. Recessed LED luminaires within the offices, welfare and enquiries areas. External lighting is a mixture of LED mid hinged columns and building mounted LED floods.
  • Small power
  • Data
  • Fire Alarm, Intruder Alarm, Access Control & CCTV – All carried out by ROMEC on behalf of Royal Mail directly.
  • TV system
  • WC alarm
  • Induction loop
  • PA and background music system
  • Photovoltaics – The system was designed and installed to meet the specified 19,974kWh/year using 16.5% efficiency polycrystalline PV modules.
  • Lightning Protection – The system utilises the roof cladding and structural steel work to form a rooftop grid and down conductors.