- Liza Bell
We continue our journey along the Silk Road
In the past, we have done project in Armenia, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and now we came to ancient Uzbekistan. Capital city Tashkent located in highly seismic area where earthquakes of magnitude up to 3 happen two to six times per year. After massive quake in 1966 the capital was completely destroyed and had to be reconstructed over three and a half years. Entire residential areas have been erected in the suburbs of the city; older residential quarters in the centre of damaged Tashkent have been newly built up.
Today, Tashkent is a city with mixed of Soviet and emerging modern architecture filled with an assortment of design ideas and engineering solutions where the crucial role is assigned to safety issues.
Mirabad Residential project presents a unique opportunity to build a new type of residential development in the city of Tashkent and will initiate regeneration of the area and create a new urban quarter.
We are proud to be one of a few international teams that are currently working in Uzbekistan. Beautiful country with the ancient history has been gradually opening up to the world and welcomes new approach and technologies to create new their living built environment.
The design team lead by Chapman Taylor Partners (CTP), with local planning institute advising on specific of planning and regulations. The competent design team with international experience here is to ensure that local culture and traditions are embedded into the planning and design of the residential quarters.
There will be around 2000 mid and high- end apartments delivered in two phases, spread across four blocks with massive green courtyards in each block, underground parking and green roofs. First two floors of each building are allocated for commercial spaces, like shops, small offices, restaurant and amenities, including gym, nursery and services for the local residents.
Prior to the star of MEP design we developed and agreed with Client a Sustainability Energy Strategy (SES). In order to realise the Strategy it is important to understand the drivers for change and to define a long-term vision for the scheme. Uzbekistan’s Government initiated a number of important steps to support development of their energy sector, one being “initiate programs aimed at modernisation of the energy sector and reduction of energy intensity of the economy”.
The developments heating and cooling network can deliver both the necessary capacity to meet current demand, significantly contribute to CO2 emissions reduction and provide a robust framework to address future demand growth and variation between heating, cooling and electricity. Future proof the scheme is vital in terms of maximum capacity and capacity phasing, as is adopting emerging low carbon technologies as they become commercially viable.
Heating and cooling
Tashkent climate is famous for its long hot summers and very mild winters, so the cooling and air conditioning is essential as well as a high standard of insulation to minimise heat losses. We proposed to install central heating and cooling, where each apartment unit is provided with cooling connections from the central system distribution of chilled water. Chiller will utilise environmentally friendly refrigerants and heat will be rejected via air cooled tower condensers.
Building management system
Whole complex will be managed by one company and BMS systems will be installed to enable simple, efficient control and monitoring of all required functions, including HVAC systems with energy monitoring including all metering for the apartments and retail, fire and security systems etc. This is relatively new application in Uzbekistan and would need to be installed and operated based on soft landing principles.
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