Two Birmingham engineering services specialists have powered up the first phase of a new £215 million student village at Aston University.

JS Wright and JT Hawkes worked with main contractor Carillion in delivering a range of sustainable eco-friendly mechanical and electrical services for the BREAM-excellent rated development that has just opened to students.

JS Wright completed a £5million commission from Carillion to install low-pressure hot water heating, hot and cold water services, ventilation, drainage, automatic building controls and rainwater harvesting for the 1,300-bed first phase.

The rooms are in two new apartment blocks of nine and 18 storeys on the south side of the university campus and have been built in five and seven bed clusters.

The rainwater harvesting system, which collects water in an underground tank with a disinfection filter, will be used for public toilet flushing, washing machines and landscape irrigation, shaving some £1,600 off the residence’s annual water bill.

Electrical contractor JT Hawkes delivered two 11 substations, associated switchboards and lighting distribution networks for the two apartment blocks.

It also went beyond contract specifications to provide safe and secure lighting and CCTV systems for a new covered 240-space student car park by modelling it on the standards set by the underground car park for Birmingham’s Bullring.

Marcus Aniol, managing director of JS Wright, said: “We were delighted to continue our strong association with one of the biggest names in the building world in such a prestigious project.”

“This project clearly demonstrated our skills and expertise in performing beyond the brief to provide a safe secure and energy efficient environment.”