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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The installation by Aimteq of WEMS wireless BEMSs at 60 Pizza Hut restaurants across the UK has achieved significant reductions in energy consumption. The average reduction in energy consumption in the first 51 stores has been calculated at 15%, amounting to 1.3 GWh and a financial saving of over £125 000. Pizza Hut plans to equipment all its UK restaurants (there are 270) with the technology and will re-invest the savings in further energy-based initiatives.
The Cool-Fit 2.0 pre-insulated piping system from GF Piping Systems has been installed in the new premises of Cambridge University’s International Assessment Group, The Triangle, to carry chilled water and low-temperature hot water around the 5-storey building. It has been installed in diameters from 32 to 140 mm in a contract worth over £400 000.
The installation of Daikin VRV IV air-conditioning systems in the final phase of the development by St George of a luxury apartment development overlooking the River Thames at Kew Bridge completes the installation of nine separate systems. The final phase of the 308-unit project consists of 71 apartments in Quayside House and 29 apartments in Kew Wharf and was installed by Marlow Air Conditioning Services, a Daikin D1 installer.
Energy-efficient lighting for the refurbished and revived Unity Hall in Wakefield is achieved by detectors from CP Electronics that respond to presence/absence and levels of ambient light. Unity Hall was a mainstay of Wakefield’s social, cultural life since it was built in 1904, but fell into disuse towards the end of the 20th century.
Fairlawn School, a new primary school near the centre of Bristol, has a wide range of valves from Herz Valves UK for heating and water services. Built on the site of the former Fairfield Grammar School (pictured) in Montpelier, the first stage of the development is for up to 60 children aged four.
Following the successful installation of the BEMS for the south stand of the Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, home of Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby, Linear Control Systems Ltd (LCSL) was also responsible for BEMS for the west stand. Both systems are based on the Niagara AX framework.
The former press and broadcast centre of the London 2012 Olympic Games, for which Grundfos was the sole pump supplier, is being configured into a tech and media hub. The original design has meant that the building can be easily adapted, which is proving to be invaluable as the building makes its transition into a tech and media hub.
NM Total Engineered Solutions, which specialises in process equipment packages, regularly uses a Micronics Portaflow 330 flow meter to carry out hydraulic testing of various pump types to prove their performance by testing flow and pressure. Because customers ask for pipework to be set up exactly as it is on site, there is no possibility of adding anything in line — such as a positive displacement meter.
To benefit from the capabilities of the latest PA/VA (public-address and voice-alarm) systems, the special-needs Drummond School in Inverness has replaced the system in its main school building, completed in 2008, with a Comprio D1 solution from Honeywell. It was recommended by Gerry McAloon of Bartec Fire & Security, a Morley IAS distributor, which has taken care of the fire-detection system for the school for the last 12 years.
Uncomfortable and uneven air distribution at Macmillan Publishing have been solved with the design and installation of a fabric ducting system by Prihoda. The problem space has three fan-coil units in an arrangement that caused draughts in some areas and hot spots in others.
ECEX has solved a roof-safety and access problem for the University of Oxford with the custom fabrication and installation of a non-slip grating on a sub-frame to provide consistent, level and safe access to HVAC equipment. The grating is of galvanised steel, as is the sub-frame to support it.
Waterloo Air Products has supplied over a kilometre of its air-distribution products throughout The Monument Building, a major commercial development in central London. Next to the Monument to the Great Fire of London, the 10-storey development has over 8700 m2 of office and retail space. It was designed by Make Architects and built by Skanska.
The rebuilding of the Cavendish Close Junior School in a Derby suburb under the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) includes a building management system from Trend Control System to maximise energy efficiency and help create optimum comfort for pupils and staff. According to The Carbon Trust, reducing energy consumption could help the average secondary school save £21 500 a year in energy bills.
The first UK installation of free-cooling Tonon chillers supplied by Cool-Therm is providing high-efficiency air conditioning for the science building at the University of Lincoln. Two 165 kW chillers, based on R410A, have replaced two chillers that had reach the end of their working life.
The original steel pipework delivering district heating to two social-housing developments in Sheffield has been replaced with Rehau’s Rauvitherm pre-insulated polymer pipework. Sheffield City Council has district-heating systems dating back to the 1970s, and pipework in some of the original networks is in need of renewal.
An award-winning regeneration project in the National Housebuilder Awards uses Vortice System 1 centrifugal Quadro fans to provide ventilation for homes with two to five bedrooms. Branston Leas in Burton upon Trent by St Modwen Homes was named the best regeneration project in the UK for the many measurable economic, environmental and educational improvements that the development has brought to the local area.
Bournemouth University’s new Fusion Building includes a solar photo-voltaic array of 95 kW comprising 267 SunPower modules of 345 W each. The system was designed and installed by Photon Energy and also includes SMA 3-phase inverters. The solarPV installation is one of a number of measures that has enabled the building to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Klima-Therm has delivered a high-efficiency cooing solution for a computer server room at Salisbury District Hospital that uses fresh air to augment mechanical cooling. The system replaced two traditional CRAC (computer-room air-conditioning) units originally designed for indoor application but installed outdoors and partially weatherproofed.
Weatherite has designed and manufactured two specialist air-handling units to provide controlled conditions in isolation rooms in a Glasgow hospital. Both units at Raigmore Hospital provide 100% run and standby capability and can be swapped over in operation during maintenance and service work to ensure continuity of room conditions.
A large-scale ground-source heat-pump system delivers heating for the Hallam House new-build housing development at Beeswing near Dumfries. There is no mains gas for the development, which comprises five purpose-built supported-housing properties and a dedicated staff base.
Oventrop UK teamed up with Totus Engineering to design efficient and effective temperature control for the new critical-care unit and main entrance at Torbay Hospital. The new 14-bed ward, main entrance and shop replace the 30-year-old 10-bed unit.
Hospitality areas in Liverpool FC’s new main stand at Anfield incorporate Gilberts’ grilles and diffusers on the recommendation of consultant Jacobs Engineering. They were installed by M&E contractor Imtech as part of the design-and-build project for Carillion under the first phase of the club’s stadium expansion programme.
Samsung has developed an Android app for its circular 360 air-conditioning cassette to show what it will look like in situ. The app uses augmented reality to superimpose this cassette onto any ceiling and adjust position, colour, and size of the unit for a realistic view of the product in situ.
The versatility of Rinnai’s range of gas-fired continuous-flow water heats is demonstrated by a variety of projects that includes hotels, a leisure park and — wait for it — a horse washer. There is no need to store hot water, and digital temperature control ensures the temperature of delivered water does not vary as outlets are tuned on and off. For safety, the water is cut off should the temperature rise by 3 K above the chosen set point.
All that is visible of the Daikin VRV IV i-series air-conditioning installation outside the Leon Restaurant in Fenchurch Street, London, is a discreet grille. The condensing unit that would normally be outside is inside the building and rejects the heat through a short run of duct.
The new 250-bedroom Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre is using Mitsubishi Electric’s Hybrid VRF air-conditioning system to remove the need for equipment to detect refrigerant leaks in bedrooms. The Hybrid VRF system resembles a VRF system from the outdoor units to hybrid branch controllers (HBCs) but then uses water to carry heating and cooling to the bedroom units.
False alarms in a Southampton pub and live-music venue caused by smoke detectors responding to water vapour from vaping have been prevented by the installation of Nittan Evolution EV-DP dual-wavelength photo-electric smoke detectors. The Frog & Frigate is renowned for being a very lively venue where visitors are encouraged to get on the tables and sing along with the band. Vaping is permitted in the busy venue.
Samsung Electronics’ recently introduced 360° air-conditioning cassette with a circular diffuser delivers air conditioning for a new Starbucks franchise in Emsworth, Hampshire. It was the first installation of this unit by DCI Refrigeration & Electrical.
The largest installation of Rehau’s chilled-ceiling system has been installed in 40 Chancery Lane in central London. This 8-storey building has more than 5000 m2 of ceiling using the radiant CoolBoard plasterboard system, which helped achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Hot- and cold-water pipework throughout the exclusive Fitzroy Place development in Fitzrovia, London W1, has been insulated with Kingspan’s Kooltherm FM pipe insulation — a slimline solution that gave the installers more room to work when fitting the product in tight areas. Fitzroy Place comprises 235 stylish developments, luxury store, a restaurant and top-quality office space.
Jaga’s Oxygen system is used in a new 2200 m2 2-storey building at Silver Springs Primary Academy in Stalybridge to deliver fresh air into the six downstairs classrooms. The Oxygen units are built into Jaga Guardian LST radiators and deliver fresh air in response to temperature and CO2 levels, which also helps avoid over-heating in the summer.
Dimplex’s Quantum off-peak electric heating system has replaced outdated electric storage heaters in an industrial unit on a business park in Ashford, Kent, to improve efficiency and reduce running costs. The new heating system in the headquarters of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce has raised the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) from F to E, making it compliant with the upcoming 2018 regulations on minimum energy performance standards for commercial buildings.
Lighting-control solutions for the new 7850 m2 headquarters at Banbury of cleaning-technology brand Karcher UK were devised by CP Electronics. The building has a wide range of requirements for its various areas — including offices, an academy, retail centre, warehouse and workshop areas.
Gilberts has helped to meet environmental objectives for the Combined College Boathouse on the River Cam in Cambridge by supplying natural-ventilation components and air-movement elements for the supplementary natural ventilation. The new building has been designed by RHP for King’s, Selwyn and Churchill Colleges.
Four complete solar-thermal hot-water systems at Heathrow Logistics Park were designed, supplied and installed by Oventrop. The systems were specified by HWM Building Services and based on flat-panel on the roofs.
Zumtobel Lighting’s Spotlight Infinity continuous-light-line system gave Sky the look it wanted for office lighting in its Believe in Better building along with the required performance. The brief was to provide a high degree of transparency between the various spaces and rooms, continuity in lighting and luminaire appearance, combined with a cohesive overall arrangement.
Wieland has supplied its Metalynx2 structured wiring system as part of the £20 million refurbishment contract of One Puddle Dock, a 6-storey commercial building in the City of London. The refurbishment included removing existing services, partitions and floor covering of the 10 000 m2 floor space and refurbishing to Cat A standard for the sub-let space.
Trainees learning various building trades at the Erdington Skills Centre in Birmingham are benefiting from a Stokvis Econo-Air warm -air unit to provide a comfortable environment all year round. It provides heating during the winter and ample fresh air during hotter weather for a total heating and ventilating solution.
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