Trend Control Systems, BEMS, BMS, BACnet

Smart money is on Trend at SkyCity, Auckland

The updated control infrastructure in one of New Zealand’s premier attractions, SkyCity Auckland, uses equipment from Trend Control Systems to maximise efficiency and create the very best comfort conditions. It is the tallest building in New Zealand, and its 328 m SkyTower has dominated the skyline for 20 years.

Smith's Environmental Products, fan convector, bespoke, space heating

Smith’s devises bespoke fan-convector heating solution for Liverpool Town Hall

New heating for the Grade I listed 18th century Town Hall in Liverpool is based on a bespoke solution developed by Smith’s EP. The solution is based on 20 Caspian Concealed fan convectors installed behind panels in the walls of a number of rooms in the building. Around four Caspian heaters were installed in three reception rooms, one ballroom, two dining rooms and a meeting room. Ducts are positioned so heat is effectively distributed.

Gilberts, Blackpool, ventilation, louvre, natural ventilation

Gilberts ventilates new Lake District museum

Controlled ventilation for the £16 million+ new Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats & Stories is provided by ventilation louvres made by Gilberts Blackpool. The museum was designed by Carmody Groarke as part of a RIBA international design competition for Lakeland Arts.

Toshiba, air conditioning, VRF, module, prefabrication

Air conditioning is built into prefabricated modules for hotels

Toshiba air-conditioning systems are being installed offsite in modular construction units in China for shipping to the UK for assembly into prestigious new hotels. The manufacturer is working with modular offsite specialist CIMC on projects for two major UK and international hotel chains. The first hotels to be constructed by this method are in London, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Zumtobel, lighting, luminaires

Zumtobel creates lighting solution for Durham University

Interior and exterior lighting for the new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University is provided by Zumtobel luminaires. The £11.5 million development will provide 80 new offices for professors, lecturers, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, support staff and visiting academics. There is also a 100-seat seminar/meeting room, social space and breakout rooms with video conferencing facilities.

MHS Radiators, radiators, LST, low surface temperature, space heating

MHS Radiators supplies LSTs for special needs

The re-opened Phoenix Centre facility for special education needs in Wigan following extensive renovation includes LST (low surface temperature) radiators from MHS Radiators. M&E consultant NPS Group identified LST radiators as the most appropriate product, given that the occupants would be children of various ages, and MHS radiators supplied 39 Ambiguard radiators.

Grundfos Pumps

Grundfos pumps serve Scottish award winner

One of the winners of the Scottish Property Awards, the Student Accommodation of the Year category, features a complete pump solution supplied by Grundfos Pumps. The Holyrood North residence hall at the University of Edinburgh was the winner from nine shortlisted developments.

Gilberts, Blackpool, ventilation, natural ventilation

Gilberts delivers natural ventilation for Cambridge boathouse

Natural ventilation for the new £3.5 million boathouse for Gonville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge is delivered by bespoke terminals designed and engineered by Gilberts Blackpool. Designed by bb+c architects with services designed by Max Fordham LLP, the system has six Mistrale 75 penthouse roof terminals.

Trilux, lighting, LEDs

Modern lighting reduces connected load by 40%

The connected lighting load for the Watershed arts centre in Bristol has been reduced by 40% by an all-LED system developed and specified by Arup’s lighting team for the public, conference and office areas, with Trilux lighting for the back-office zone.

Humidity Solutions, humidification

Fast response restores comfortable humidity

A fast response by Humidity Solutions to provide two mobile humidifiers enabled Process Systems Enterprise (PSE) to quickly restore comfortable, healthy conditions following a power failure. PSE supplies advanced process-modelling software and model-based engineering and innovation services to process industries. A power failure at its headquarters in west London recently disabled the climatic control in the building.

Grundfos Pumps, replacement, survey

Grundfos proves energy-saving capabilities of pump replacement

Grundfos Pumps’ approach to an FM company suggesting that it could benefit from energy checks on pump equipment in the various buildings it was responsible for maintaining coincided with the company having been asked to find savings beyond those already achieved on lighting and water use for a larger-size office block.

Nittan, fire detection, fire alarm, smoke alarm

Nittan fire detection protects UNESCO world heritage site

Nittan fire detection equipment has been installed at the UNESCO world heritage site Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Italy as part of an integrated fire and security system. The devices have been installed in the Camposanto (cemetery), the cathedral, two museums and the administrative offices. There are 1000 zones and seven fire-detection control units. The fire-detection system has been integrated into a new security system that includes 150 CCTV cameras, a site-wide access-control system and intrusion detection. The ‘leaning’ Tower of Pisa is also on the site.

BG Energy Solutions, Trend, BMS, BEMS, space heating

BMS slashes heating bills for Numatic

Numatic, which makes industrial, commercial and domestic cleaning equipment, is saving 21.8% on its gas consumption following the installation by BG Energy Solutions of a Trend building-management system. Within the first year of operation, half of the initial investment had already been recouped.

Evinox, HIU, heat interface unit, prepayment, district heating, space heating, community heating

Evinox adds versatility to district heating

Evinox Energy is working with EcoWorld Ballymore and Clarion Housing Group on the London City Island development to supply heat interface units and room controllers for apartments that are connected to the district-heating network. The company is also supplying metering and billing services for the social-housing apartments.

boiler, NG Bailey, offsite, off site, Prefabrication, space heating
Crossrail Ltd

NG Bailey installs boiler plant for Crossrail depot

NG Bailey has installed six prefabricated plant modules, each weighing over a tonne, at Transport for London’s Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) train maintenance and stabling depot at Old Oak Common Lane in north west London. It will include stabling sidings for 33 of the 66 new trains. NG Bailey is responsible for around £14 million-worth of mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.

JCW Energy Services, Mitsubishi Electric, air conditioning, VRF, split system

All hands on deck to refurbish The Ship

In response to the owners of one of Plymouth’s most iconic buildings, The Ship, which used to be occupied by The Herald & Western Morning News, looking to refurbish and upgrade the derelict office in weeks instead of months, JCW Energy Services assembled a project team from its nationwide office in just seven days from receiving the order — and called upon technical and logistical support from Mitsubishi Electric.

Daikin, air conditioning, water cooled VRV

Daikin water-cooled VRV plays key role in building upgrade

A Daikin water-cooled VRV air-conditioning system has been teamed up with two Guntner adiabatic dry-air coolers to reject heat for the upgrading of the 3000 m2 4-storey building at 63 Kew Road, Richmond, the former UK headquarters of Pepsi Cola. The building is now home to notonthehighstreet.com, an online marketplace for creative small businesses.

Remeha, boilers, space heating

Civils select Remeha boilers for refurb

As part of a major refurbishment of the Institution of Civil Engineers headquarters in London, boiler plant that was nearly 30 years old has been replaced with two Remeha boilers to increase the efficiency of heating.

Dunham-Bush, Dunham Bush, space heating, fan coil

Dunham-Bush fan coils deliver efficient comfort

Dunham-Bush has supplied over 290 Cougar and Puma fan-coil units to Woodford Heating & Energy for the prestigious Morello Quarter residential development in Croydon, formerly the Galaxy House site. The development aims to achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and has a low-emissions strategy. There are 290 high-specification apartments with two or three bedrooms in four connected buildings with concierge and boutique-style reception areas.

Kingspan, Kooltherm, duct insulation, ventilation

Kingspan helps with ambitious expansion

Over 1300 m2 of Kingspan Kooltherm FM duct insulation has been installed as part of the iconic new extension to Tate Modern in London. Named the Switch House, the 64.5 m-high tower adjoins Tate Modern’s existing home with the former Bankside Power Station to provide over 5000 m2 of new exhibition space over 10 levels.

Aico, smoke alarm, smoke detector, fire protection

Aico increases fire protection for student accommodation

To increase protection for students living in 27 semi-detached cottages, Harper Adams University in Shropshire has installed Aico 160e mains-powered smoke alarms. The cottages each have four or five bedrooms and already had Aico smoke alarms on the landing and in the hall. The university wanted to increase the level of protection, but without the considerable expense of moving to an LD1 system, which is the highest protection in fire-alarm categories for dwellings. It also wanted a solution that was flexible, as these properties may be repurposed in the future.

Smith's, fan convector, Smiths, space heating

Smith’s fan convectors deliver effective heating in church refurbishment

The refurbishment of St Nicholas’ Church in Blundellsands, Merseyside, includes seven Smith’s Caspian UV fan convectors to transform the heating system. They heat a large hall, a small hall and the reception area. Heating for each area can be controlled separately, which was not possible before

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains ensures welcome to visitors to i360 in Brighton

JS Air Curtains has supplied 12 Mini Optima air curtains for the doorways of the British Airways i360 observation attraction in Brighton. They were chosen as the best fit for the curved inner and outer doorways and were supplied in lengths of 1 and 1.5 m to suit the various entrance widths. A grey RAL9006 colour was chosen for the zinc-plated steel casing to blend in with the interior design.

Gibbons, Ultraviolet Solutions, disinfection, AHU

Gibbons reduces health risks and cuts consumption of energy

Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions has played a key role in helping a major financial institution improve indoor air quality at its 23 000 m2 commercial office in central London to comply with the WELL Building Standard and save energy. A CoilCare ultra-violet germicidal irradiation air and surface disinfection system was installed in the air-handling units (AHU) to eradicate contaminants and restore the equipment to original operation condition.

Dunham-Bush, Dunham Bush, space heating, fan convector

Dunham-Bush heats new Science Centre at Stowe School

The new Science Centre at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire is heated by Dunham-Bush BM fan convectors installed in the ceiling voids. This £6 million building has 18 generously sized laboratories (six each for chemistry, biology and physics). There is also a sixth-form study centre and six lecture theatres, one of which can accommodate up to 60 students.

Wieland delivers power for new primary school

Wieland has supplied its Metalynx2 modular wiring system and a range of components for lighting and power distribution for the new Marlborough Primary School in the Chelsea area of London. This 2-form-entry primary school replaces an old unsuitable Victorian building on the site, which has been demolished.

Cool-Therm, air conditioning, chiller, Turbocor

Cool-Therm delivers ultra-quiet chillers

Cool-Therm has supplied an ultra-quiet 1.8 MW air-conditioning solution for a development of luxury apartments in Westminster. To meet a challenging limit of 51 dB(A) at 10 m specified by consultant AECOM, three additional sound-attenuation measures were applied to the conventional Turbomiser design to achieve the 12 dB(A) noise reduction required.

Airbloc, air curtain, door curtain, space heating

Airbloc vertical air curtain maintains comfort for Audi dealer

Helping to provide a comfortable welcome to the 5-storey West London Audi car dealership on the Great West Road in London (see front cover alongside) is a purpose-designed Airbloc vertical air curtain. It protects doubling sliding doors that provide the only vehicular access to the building; they hinge forward to maximise the available space.

Priva, BMS, BEMS, controls

Priva helps iconic music venue regain control

Priva Blue ID BMS (building management system) technology has helped a premier live-music venue in Milton Keynes regain full control of its heating and ventilation after the previous BMS failed. Installed by Priva partner 3G Controls, the adoption of Blue ID at The Stables was recommended due to its modularity, which ensured the project could be executed as a simple like-for-like retrofit.

Energy Works, LED lighting, finance

LED lighting conversion unlocks savings with no capital outlay

David Brown Santasalo, global gear-engineering experts, based in Huddersfield, has reduced its annual lighting costs by nearly £104 000, 55%, following the installation of a new LED system by Energy Works that was fully funded, with no capital outlay from David Brown Santasalo. Lighting levels are now 300 to 500 lx, compared to 60 to 280 lx previously.

Rinnai goes wild for ‘Countryfile with Prestek

Rinnai recently stepped in to ensure a recent BBC ‘Countryfile’ event in the grounds of Blenheim Palace had a plentiful supply of hot water for its catering outlets using Infinity continuous-flow water heaters. John Webster, managing director of Prestek Services, is experienced in providing water for outdoor events at Blenheim Palace and was called in to provide hot water to the various catering operations dotted around the grounds.

Imtech Inviron, maintenance, hard FM

Imtech Inviron wins IET maintenance contract

Imtech Inviron has been awarded a 3-year contract with the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) to maintain four key sites across the UK — including the Savoy Place headquarters in London (pictured), which has recently undergone a 2-year £30 million refurbishment. This hard-services specialists will also cover facilities in Birmingham, Glasgow and Stevenage — providing planned and reactive maintenance from regional offices assigned to each site.

Gent, fire protection, fire alarm, smoke detection, fire detection

Gent fire solutions protect The O2 Arena

Fire protection for the O2 Arena in London, which includes the huge InterContinental — The O2 hotel, is provided by a solution designed and installed by HESIS of Liverpool. The company is a Gent Technology Centre, and the fully integrated solution integrates four fully networked Vigilon panels alongside Gent’s S-Quad devices.

Wieland, structured wiring, structured cabling

Wieland structured wiring helps regenerate Uxbridge building

Wieland Electric has supplied its Metalynx2 structured wiring system to distribute power and lighting in the newly redeveloped Belmont in the centre of Uxbridge. With the use of these products, the project exceeds regulatory requirements in the provision of a sustainable and innovative solution. It is anticipated that the Cat A office redevelopment will result in the building achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Calorex, leisure centre, humidity, dehumidifier, dehumidification

Calorex tackles leisure centre humidity issue

As soon as visitors arrive at the Holiday Inn at Shepperton they are immediately impressed with the view of the facilities in the leisure club, which include this swimming pool and a spa facility. However, until recently the view through the main windows was obstructed by condensation — that is until a Calorex Delta dehumidification system was installed.

Andrews Boiler Hire, space heating

Andrews Boiler Hire gives students an early move-in date

Despite its considerable experience in providing temporary heating solutions, engineers from Andrews Boiler Hire often comes across a new challenge — such as providing a hot-water and heating solution to part of a Scottish university campus to enable it to be used before a gas supply could be connected to the permanent boiler that had already been installed.

Riello, burner, boiler, space heating

Riello burners help drive efficiency for Telereal Trillium

These boilers at a high-profile Government site in Swansea have been given a new lease of life and brought up to the standard of any new boiler on the market with the replacement of their burners with dual-fuel burners from Riello. The site is managed on behalf of Telereal Trillium by Arthur Portelli of Oakbury Building Services Consultants..

Grundfos plays support role in London living

Meeting the water-supply needs of a high-rise project in Southwark that is providing over 450 homes is a range of Grundfos Hydro MPC-E energy-efficient booster pump sets. The homes comprise a combination of private rental, shared ownership and interim rent.

Waterloo Air Products, grilles, diffusers

Waterloo meets airflow needs of Francis Crick Institute

Waterloo Air Products supplied 10 000 air-distribution products for the new Francis Crick Institute in London. The equipment plays a big part in creating the right airflow to meet the conditions needed for research in this state-of-the-art laboratory building. It is one of Europe’s leading biomedical laboratories and carries out important research into the biology underlying human health and disease.

Gilberts, Blackpool, natural ventilation

Gilberts delivers sympathetic services in Lake District

Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake by the foreshore of Derwentwater at Keswick has recently seen the addition of a £700 000 cafe. Designed by architect Andreas, the concept is sympathetic to the building’s location, with wood, natural light and natural ventilation prevailing in the monopitch structure, which reaches 10.7 m at its highest point.

Veolia, CHP, combined heat and power

Cambridge college updates its CHP

With its CHP system having operated for over 120 000 h over 22 years, Churchill College at the University of Cambridge decided to replace it. A new 15-year CHP contract has been agreed with Veolia, which continues the energy-services contract started in 1993.

Remeha, boiler, space heating

Gas succeeds coal at fire and rescue headquarters

Two coal-fired boilers at West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service’s headquarters in Birkenshaw have been replaced with Remeha high-efficiency condensing boilers and hot-water cylinders as part of wider efficiency measures. There were originally three coal-fired sectional boilers; one had been replaced with a biomass boiler, another had failed, and the third was struggling to meet the heat demand adequately or efficiently.

Smith's Environmental Products, fan convector, Caspian, space heating

Smith’s fan convectors are textbook success for school library

Smith’s Caspian low-level fan convectors provided the heating solution for the refurbished library of Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted, Herts. They replaced three old and dysfunctional fan heaters and a radiator. Caspian high-level fan convectors were originally considered for this project but changed to low-level units because the existing pipework could not be changed.

Hamworthy Heating, space heating, boiler, DHW

Hamworthy meets urgent need of special-needs school

So great was the risk of complete boiler breakdown in a plant room at Abbey Hill Academy in Stockton-on-Tees that replacement was a high-enough priority to secure funding from the Conditioning Improvement Fund provided by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The new equipment consists of Hamworthy cast-iron condensing boilers and direct-fired water heaters, which were identified as the best solution to be fitted to the existing heating system.

Morley-IAS, Honeywell, fire protection, fire panel, fire alarm, optical smoke sensor

Morley-IAS delivers fire protection at Rievaulx Abbey

The earliest possible warning of fire in three buildings of the visitor centre constructed by English Heritage at Rievaulx Abbey in the North York Moors National Park is provided by a system based around three networked Morley-IAS SX Connexion (DXc) panels from Honeywell. The system serves the museum, shop and tearoom of the visitor for the abbey, which was built by a group of 12 Cistercian monks in 1131.

Gilberts, Blackpool, chiller, rooftop, louvre

Rooftop chiller plant benefits from improved air circulation

To ensure adequate air circulation around the eight chillers on the roof of the energy centre of the BBC Media City as part of the £80 million redevelopment of the former BBC White City, Gilberts Blackpool has installed new louvres on all four sides. The 7700 m2 energy centre provides power, heating, cooling and other services to the entire 7 ha Media Village site. Most of the chillers, installed in 2009, needed premature replacement, as an existing rendered blockwork wall was restricting the passage of air.

Salix, Energys, LED lighting, retrofit, boiler, space heating

College continues to cut costs with Salix funding

Following the success of a major lighting upgrade at Hackney Community Collage during the second half of 2015, Hackney Community College embarked on a second project to upgrade internal and external lighting to LED to reduce energy consumption. Expected savings for the first project were £70 000 a year, with a return on investment of 2.8 years. The latest project is expected to save £25 000 a year. Both projects were carried out by Energys.

Combat, space heating, unit heaters, warm air heating

‘Car SOS’ combats the cold with warm-air heating

When the hit television show ‘Car SOS’ decided to relocate to larger premises, it opted for the installation of Combat suspended warm-air heaters to maintain a comfortable workshop temperature.

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