Queens Campus, Durham University

TGA Consulting Engineers LLP were employed by Durham University to undertake the Mechanical and Electrical Services Design for their prestigious £5.3m Sports Development at Queens Campus.


The development comprised an international standard 8-court badminton, volleyball and basketball sports hall, a high tech fitness suite, conditioning room, a dedicated ergo rowing room and multi-activity studios including a spinning room and dance studio.

The design of the sports centre achieves the university’s requirements of being capable of hosting international standard sports via the use of displacement ventilation systems and programmable “scene-select” lighting controls capable of changing light levels within the space to suit the sports and competition level requirements.

The development was one of the first major construction projects that Durham University had undertaken incorporating significant renewable energy technologies, including a 30kW ground source heat pump system and a pre-heat solar thermal system serving the buildings hot water requirement.

The maximum efficiency of the ground source heat pump system has been achieved via the use of under floor heating to the general circulation and changing facilities. This allows the ground source heat pump unit to be connected direct to the system, removing the requirement for boiler input into the under floor heating system.

Specialist fitness areas have been provided with comfort cooling utilising VRF systems capable of transferring heat from one space to another.