2010 September

Briggs & Forrester

Briggs & Forrester was responsible for the design, development, installation and commissioning of the MEPH building services for this high-quality office development of over 7300 m2 in the City of London. 1 Bartholomew Lane is set out over 13 floors. It is based on a retained listed external facade over the lower six floors with a new facade for the higher floors.

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services

Building for the future

02 September, 2010

15 student engineers from Balfour Beatty Engineering Services recently celebrated graduating with BSc Honours degrees in building-services engineering from Liverpool College and Liverpool John Moores University. Their course programme focused on work-related learning and skills development. It consisted of a 4-year block-release sandwich course combining up to 48 weeks of full-time study with training at work. All 15 graduates are now employed within BBES on sites, projects or office based.

The first prison to be procured under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) for several years has reached financial close, with Faithful+Gould providing project-management services to the Ministry of Justice National Offender Management. The £415 million Belmarsh West PFI New Prison in south London will be operated by Serco and designed and built under a £100 million construction contract by its construction partner Skanska. The new prison, built to category B standard, is designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Designing VRV air-conditioning systems in balanced mode to exploit heat recovery can achieve an overall COP greater than 10, according to John Durbin of Daikin UK. He explains, ‘An intelligent approach to heat recovery can deliver COPs of up to 9 or even 10. Yet while heat recovery is already being embraced in other areas of the world, it is will not widely realised in the UK market that a heat-recovery system operating in a balanced mode can increase energy-efficiency levels massively.’

Greda Heating, space heating

Creda Heating provides a free design service for electric heating covering a wide range of projects — form a large residential development to a single holiday home. All designs are prepared on the basis of correct sizing, what is right for the end user and the national direction as regards energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Halltherm, J&E Hall, compressor remanufacturing

The Halltherm compressor remanufacturing division of J&E Hall has been moved from Derby to Doncaster. It is now in the same premises at sister company Coulstock & Place, which specialises in motor rewinds — a key part of remanufacturing compressors.

Danlers, time lag switches, controls

Danlers manufactures a range of indoor and outdoor electronic time-lag switches for lighting or heating loads, which are ideal for simply saving energy in stairwells, store rooms, student accommodation, smoking shelters etc.

Copper Development Association, solar thermal

The UK Copper Board has prepared an introduction to the design and installation of copper solar-thermal systems. Copper can readily withstand the high temperatures that the operating fluid can reach — sometimes over 200°C. Jointing is by capillary brazing or flame-free solar press fittings. The copper tube used is the same specification as for many other pipework applications.

Big Foot Systems, roof top plant

Big Foot Systems, the UK’s leading supplier of support systems for equipment on flat roofs, is offering a unique, independent 15-year warranty to customers. The warranty is offered through AWM, one of the country’s largest independent auditing companies.

Lindab, circular ductwork fittings

The moving of Lindab’s facility for producing circular ductwork fittings to a new unit in Manchester’s Trafford Park enables bends in the popular 250 mm size to be produced in the UK for the first time. They will be available in 90°, 45°, 60° and 15° variants. These products were previously imported.

Solid Air, which makes air-conditioning and air-distribution products, is expanding its manufacturing and support operations with the opening of a new headquarters at Dunkeswell near Honiton in Devon. The new premises add 260 m2 of production space to the existing manufacturing operations in Exeter and doubles the office space.

Grundfos Pumps, pump selection

The latest pump-selection tool from Grundfos, WinCAPS 2010, comes on a DVD and is UK specific. It covers pumps for HVAC, water and sewage, industrial and process applications.

Trend Control Systems, CRC, Carbon Reduction Scheme

Trend Control Systems has prepared a short guide to the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme — the mandatory carbon-emissions trading scheme that came into effect from April 2010. It affects around 5000 large energy-using organisations consuming more than 6000 MWh of half-hourly metered electricity in a year, representing an annual electricity bill of about £500 000.

Red Solar, solar PV

Red Group, which specialises in the design and installation of facades, has launched a new company to provide complete turnkey solutions for photo-voltaics.

Lindab, spiral ductwork, circular ductwork

indab has opened a new 2000 m2 superstore for ventilation and air-movement products in Manchester. Located on Trafford Park, it is said to be one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK.

Ackermann has redesigned its web site, which features a host of new products and a range of highly useful content that can be accessed more simply and quickly. It also enables specifiers to order product literature online or download and print it.

Flir, infra-red camera, thermal imaging

Flir has made thermal imaging more affordable by reducing the price of its i5 compact infra-red camera to £1595, nearly a third less than when it was introduced in 2008. This camera is extremely easy to use — just point, shoot and detect. It can be used for a broad range of predictive maintenance and building applications, enabling problem areas to be clearly seen on a crisp thermal image.

600 pages of lighting

02 September, 2010

Cooper Lighting’s latest version of its renowned ‘Lighting solutions’ catalogue provides comprehensive technical information on the company’s entire range of lighting products. The catalogue runs to over 600 A4 pages and is divided into colour-coded sections covering recessed and surface fluorescent luminaires, decorative wall and ceiling luminaires, downlights and spotlights, display lighting, emergency lighting, industrial and hazardous-area lighting, exterior lighting, central-battery systems and lighting controls.

CIBSE, overheating in buildings

CIBSE has published a practical guide to the subject of overheating for building owners, managers and users. The guidance is aimed primarily at office buildings without air conditioning, but it could also be applied to air-conditioned offices.

Venture Lighting Europe, which specialises in metal-halide lamps and control gear has launched a new web site to highlight the benefits of upgrading to a metal-halide lighting system. A simple change to upgrade a system can be achieved using lower-wattage lamps and Venture’s control gear, which can achieve a saving of up to 50% on overall costs.

Ideal Commercial Heating, space heating

Ideal Commercial Heating has launched a new web site as part of its rebranding strategy. The site boasts a new look and vastly improved navigation and functionality.

Durapipe, plastic pipework

Durapipe’s pre-insulated pipework system Duracool was been specified for the refurbishment of the computer hub in Woking Civic Centre. Renovation was needed as the existing system could not provide the required cooling capacity. Xergi Services was given the task of developing a solution that could be installed quickly with minimal disruption to staff, who could not be relocated during the renovation.

Protec, fire detection, fire alarm, smoke dampers

The integration of the fire detection and alarm system with control of smoke dampers at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is estimated to have reduced the overall project cost by around £100 000. The Protec Algo-Tec system uses smoke damper interfaces to control 1500 dampers in the acute wind and a further 135 in the mental health unit. The smoke damper interfaces allow the control of these devices to utilise the fire detection and alarm loop and avoid the need for separate power supplies, distribution boards and additional circuit protection.

Dimplex, heat pumps, space heating

Luton’s new £56 million Sixth Form College, due to open as part of the Building Schools for the Future initiative, features a 1.5 MW ground-source heat-pump installation. Part of the brief for the new buildings on the site of the original facility, was a commitment to sustainability. The design comprises 28 heat pumps with outputs from 11 to 75 kW to provide space and water heating. Some of the heat pumps can be used to provide a total of 712 kW of cooling in summer.

Waterloo air diffusers

What is believed to be Europe’s first integrated hotel heliport solution makes extensive use of Waterloo air diffusers. The 5-star Hotel Verta is the first hotel in London for the luxury von Essen hotels group and is part of the award-winning Weston Homes development at Bridges Wharf in Battersea. The development on the south bank of the River Thames also includes luxury apartments and penthouses in three towers and adjoins the London Heliport.

Oventrop, valves, DHW, commissioning, legionella

Oventrop valves have been used throughout the first two stages of the refurbishment of wards in Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, with a third phase about to begin. They were specified by consulting engineers DSSR based in Harrogate.

WindowMaster, natural ventilation

WindowMaster is supplying natural-ventilation and control systems for the £12 million Pool Innovation Centre, a business incubation centre, in Cornwall. The 3-storey development provides 3500 m2 of space for 45 offices of varying sizes, six shared meeting rooms and conference facilities. Plymouth University is responsible for managing the centre on behalf of Cornwall County Council and is backed by £9 million of ERDF Convergence investment and nearly £3 million from the South West RDA.

Thermo-Floor, underfloor heating

Thermo-Floor has installed 1300 m2 of underfloor heating in two communal areas of the £170 million redevelopment of Manor Hospital in Walsall. They are the atrium and the cafe area and streets. These areas would have been more difficult to heat with a traditional heating system. In contract, floor heating delivers radiant heat evenly from the entire floor, providing warmth at a lower temperature and with a positive effect on relative humidity.

Nobel Fire Systems, kitchen, fire suppression

The speed with which Nobel Fire Systems could deliver and install a complete fire-suppression system at Penbryn catering residence, part of Aberystwyth University was a key factor in the choice of supplier for this project. The Nobel K-Series system was commissioned by Prospect Catering Equipment. Not only was the installation completed extremely quickly, but the K-Series system has helped achieve an aesthetically pleasing kitchen environment with no pipework or protruding nozzles visible.

Midtherm Engineering has installed eight of its recently launched X-Stream natural-ventilation terminals at Kings School in Witney. They provide natural ventilation and daylight to corridor areas.

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