Clearwater were commissioned by the Institute of Food Research to be their design compliance managers, Clerk of Works and commissioning mangers for the building services within the new Quadram Institute building.
The project is located on the Norwich Research Park and comprises Containment Level 2 and Containment Level 3 laboratories, Clinical Trials facility and one of Europe’s largest Endoscopy departments, offices and patient facilities. The building design incorporates many carbon reduction technologies such as roof mounted, photovoltaic panels and a 400kW reversible ground source heat pump system.
Our role on this prestigious and historical project was to check through and validate the design of the mechanical and electrical service being produced by a separate building service designer. Also, as part of our Clerk of Works role Clearwater provided a weekly site inspection of the works and reported progress and quality of the installations back to the client in a written report. Areas of non compliance with the client's brief and serious defects were directly reported back to the main contractor as well as included in the weekly written reports.
As part of the commissioning management position, Clearwater provided a continuous on site presence to implement the commissioning procedures for the MEP services. Furthermore, we acted as witness to the functionality of the systems, validating that the outcomes match the requirements set out within the original design documentation.