Tools and guidance

The Philosophy Documents are a suite of documents that cover a range of topics, where there are specific maintenance and design requirements. Each document has been developed by the team responsible for running and maintaining that service. The contents reflect the requirements of the University and experience of the buildings in use across the estate.

In some cases the document will outline a mandatory requirement; in other cases, the documents will offer guidance. The Design Teams and Contractors are required to provide detailed information on their design approach, in response to the requirements of the Philosophy Documents.

The Design Team and Contractor should note that the Philosophy Documents form part of their Contract Documents. It is a contractual requirement that the principles of the Philosophy Documents are followed and evidence provided to demonstrate compliance.

Philosophy Documents

Introduction to the Design Guides v3 (493kb)

Soft Landing Strategy V3 (1,431kb)

Building Design

Building Design Philosophy Issue 3 (245kb)

Design Against Crime Philosophy Document V5 (1,103kb)


Disability Access Philosophy Document (395kb)

Mechanical and Electrical

M&E 9 Design Philosophy Document (983kb)

M&E 9 Design Philosophy Electrical Drawings (3,145kb)

Operation and Maintenance Manual

O & M Philosophy Document Rev 01 (583kb)

Safety Office 


Sustainability Design Guide Philosophy Documents (1,511kb)

Systems and Telecoms

Construction Design Management Regulations

Pre-construction information for minor construction works (22kb)

Health and safety file for minor construction works (23kb)

Guide to Construction Design Management (CDM15) regulations (76kb)

CDM Regulations Guidance update (179kb)

Electrical Safety

All work must be carried out in accordance with the Estates Services Code of Practice.

Electrical Safety of Low Voltage Systems (223kb)

Minor works conditions

Minor works conditions (153kb)

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