Neighborhood Services Network Arrangements In Skyscrapers: How & Why?

Mathew Burke
Associate Director
ADP Consulting, Sydney

Intelligent MEP service design is integral to the connectivity of cities, as well as the connectivity of the buildings themselves. By moving away from traditional design approaches, it is possible to diversify the origin point of each of the building services and provide a network similar to a neighborhood or suburban-style arrangement.

The traditional method of collocating MEP plants in the basement and supplying services up the building generates a load profile that is concentrated at the base and reduces as it approaches the top. By stationing MEP plants throughout the vertical strata of a building, connecting each stratum to dedicated MEP plants, and then interconnecting them to one another, a matrix-style diversification is achieved, lowering the individual service corridor spatial requirements and allowing additional services to be incorporated. This technique is easily adaptable to service mixed use developments where spatial efficiency is achieved by using the redundancy of the services in the other building uses.

This approach was successfully delivered where the MEP design needed to not only incorporate a change of use – the 176-meter tower in Doha was originally designed with 186 residential apartments, but then had to accommodate a 286-room hotel – but the challenge of providing new services, such as commercial kitchen and laundry, swimming pool, and security services facility into a structure that was already completed after the original local engineers failed to come up with a workable MEP design solution.