Spirotech, vacuum degassers, St Andrews

Spirotech vacuum degassers help deliver St Andrews’ carbon neutral objectives

Spirotech vacuum degassers are helping Scotland’s oldest university with its ambition to become carbon neutral for energy usage.

Connex Banninger

Conex Bänninger celebrates 25 years working in Poland

Conex Bänninger, leading global manufacturer and supplier of fittings, valves and accessories, is celebrating 25 years of production excellence in Poland.

Briggs and Forrester Engineering Services, Willmott Dixon Construction

Successful partners

Briggs and Forrester Engineering Services have secured their fourth contract with Willmott Dixon Construction and the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at the Facility Support Building (FSB) project on the Harwell Campus.

Cistermiser, World of Beatrix Potter

Cistermiser enters World of Beatrix Potter

Not only playing host to breathtaking views, Bowness-on-Windermere is also the home of The World of Beatrix Potter, an interactive museum dedicated to the life and work of the legendary children’s writer.

Durapipe

Durpapipe stands tall in Addis Ababa refurb

Pipework from Durapipe UK has been used in the refurbishment of a luxury hotel in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa.

Grundfos, Bloomberg

Bloomberg hits BREEAM high with Grundfos

Sympathetically designed, the new Bloomberg HQ it is situated on a 3.2-acre prominent site in the heart of the City of London. It provides 1.1 million sq. ft. of sustainable office, public and retail space as well an innovative museum experience. Achieving the highest ever design stage BREAAM score of 98.5%, is no accident for this global information and technology company, who put sustainability at their core.

Postal Museum, Viessmann

Postal Museum update sees Viessmann deliver

Viessmann boilers have been specified for the revamped Postal Museum, which has recently opened its doors to visitors after a major £26 million redevelopment supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Museum’s home, Calthorpe House in Farringdon, is now equipped with six 49 kW Vitodens 200-W gas condensing boilers combined in a cascade for a total maximum output of 294 kW. These provide warmth to the Museum’s new, 500 square-metre exhibition space, which is divided into six zones.

Hughes Electra, KNX, Barts Square

Hughes Electra applies latest KNX tech in project at Barts Square

A high-end residential project in the heart of London demonstrates the advantages of a KNX. Barts Square is a multi-phase development of residential and office accommodation in central London on land formerly occupied by St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Swegon, Swegon Hire
Stephen Busette, head of hire at Swegon, with Swegon’s new hire fleet of electric and diesel heaters.

Swegon offers extended range at new hire centre

Swegon has opened a new hire centre this year in Coalville, near Leicester. The company has also recently added a new range of energy-efficient electric, diesel and bio-fuel heaters to their ever expanding product range.

Grundfos keeps crossing open

The Queensferry Crossing, near Edinburgh, attracted global attention when it opened recently. With its impressive span of 1.7 miles (2.7km), this is the longest bridge of its type in the world. Many clever engineering techniques were employed during its construction and this structure will overcome many of the issues that beset its predecessor, such as being able to cope during high winds.

Rehau, underfloor heating

Rehau delivers underfloor heating for luxury apartments

Polymer solutions specialist Rehau has supplied its PE-Xa pipework to Oakley Court in Gerrard Cross through installer BeGreen. The luxury domestic development is using a renewables-based underfloor heating system, and the pipework is a vital element in delivering comfort for occupants.

Pump House, rooftop access

Pump House provides rooftop access

Pump House has provided an external rooftop access ramp solution for a proposed route out of a building down onto the flat roof.

Victaulic

Victaulic goes mobile

Victaulic announces its new fire protection mobile truck tour of the UK. Travelling across the UK, the truck will stop at various locations in order to showcase Victaulic’s grooved piping system solutions.

Gilberts

Gilberts balances safety and wellbeing in new hospital

The GRAHAM-Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP) has handed over the new £85 million, 30,000m2 inpatient ward block, completing the second phase of the £261 million redevelopment of Ulster Hospital for South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust. The state-of-the-art building has taken an innovative approach to its design to transform patient care, with emphasis on using natural resources to aid recovery, including natural light and fresh air.

Steven Hunt & Associates

Steven Hunt & Associates wins multi-million pound contract for work on Liverpool’s Ten Streets area

Liverpool-based Steven Hunt & Associates has won a multi-million pound contract to work on the iconic Tobacco Warehouse, as part of the 125 acre Ten Streets regeneration at Liverpool’s North Docks.

Marshall-Tufflex

Marshall-Tufflex behind the scenes at Battersea

More than 500 apartments in the £9 billion revamp of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station have utility cupboards pre-fabricated with a cable management solution from Marshall-Tufflex.

Pumping right up for 34 years

When Whatley & Co from Pewsey in Wiltshire were called to a lift a borehole pump for a customer who was experiencing problems with their water supply, they checked their records and realised that they had fitted the original Grundfos submersible SP4 pump way back in 1983.

Vent-Axia, indoor, fan

Vent-Axia Pozidry Fan improves indoor air for Crawley Council tenant

Vent-Axia has helped Crawley Borough Council to improve the indoor environment of a tenant’s home by supplying a Lo-Carbon PoziDry Compact fan. Crawley Borough Council consulted Vent-Axia when a tenant’s home had a problem with condensation, mould and damp. Vent-Axia provided a Pozidry fan as a solution and within just two months of the installation the problem was resolved.

Zumtobel Lighting, luminaires

Zumtobel Lighting helps the Bower achieve BREEAM Excellent

Zumtobel Lighting has supplied a variety of luminaires for ‘The Bower’, a complex £24 million office upgrade and extension project at Stockley Park near Heathrow.

MHG Gassero boilers supplied to Bloomsbury Plaza

MHG Gassero Wallcon boilers, along with MHG hot water cylinders, have been supplied to Bloomsbury Plaza in central London, which is undergoing a major refurbishment. An MHG pressure manager and vessel were also supplied as part of the package.

ELCO

Private residence receives premium ELCO upgrade

ELCO Heating Solutions has supplied three Thision L Evo 120kW boilers on a cascade frame to Wentworth Place in Surrey.

Gilberts, Air movement

Gilberts on target for internal comfort

Air movement experts Gilberts, has applied its technical know-how to create the perfect atmosphere for a new indoor, underground shooting range.

Aico Alarms, Fire Alarm

Sheffield City uses Aico Alarms for housing

Sheffield City Council has upgraded fire safety throughout its 1,134 sheltered housing properties using Aico’s Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm.

Unitrunk, cable management
The curved building required that trunking had to curve every 4.1 metres along the perimeter.

Unitrunk provides rapid solution for Cambridge

Unitrunk’s innovative cable management solutions are set to inspire the next generation of technology entrepreneurs after being installed in an exposed soffit electrical fit out at Cambridge Science Park’s recently opened The Bradfield Centre.

Gilberts, natural ventilation, grilles, louvres

Gilberts revives natural ventilation for NHM

While the famous ‘Dippy’ the diplodocus dinosaur exhibit in the Hintze Hall of the Natural History Museum in London was being replaced with a real skeleton of a blue whale, the opportunity was taken to revive, as far as possible, the original ventilation for this iconic, lofty hall. The project in the 150-year-old Grade I listed hall saw consulting engineers SVM utilising the experience of air-movement specialist Gilberts.

Rehau helps thermal mass deliver comfort for new buildings at Northampton University

The thermal mass of new teaching buildings at the University of Northampton’s new £330 million Waterside Campus will play a key role in achieve comfort conditions through the incorporation of Rehau’s TABS (thermally activated building structure) system into the concrete floor slabs. The TABS cooling and heating system uses the large thermal mass of concrete in a building’s structure to adjust the environment inside the building during the day.

Coolair, air conditioning, Mitsubishi, R32

Coolair showcases R32 air conditioning in style

Coolair Equipment has installed R32 air-conditioning units from Mitsubishi Electric in its Dukinfield office in Cheshire to showcase the equipment to its customers. Coolair chose the new M Series MSZ-LN R32 equipment to highlight the change in refrigerants now being offered to customers and the significant advantages this can bring.

IES, building modelling, performance modelling

IES develops calibrated performance model for hospital building

To help Barts Health NHS Trust assess proposed energy-conservation measures for part of the Royal London Hospital, IES helped the trust carry out enhanced energy modelling and BMS data analysis. The programme for the Alex Wing of the dental teaching hospital, was delivered in conjunction with Skanska and aimed to take advantage of the existing BMS and extensive sub-metering infrastructure.

Tectite, Tectite Pro, push fitting, pipe, pipework, joint

The strength of Tectite Pro is made dramatic

Demonstrating the strength of pipe joints made using Tectite Pro push fittings from Pegler Yorkshire is this test of a 54 m fitting to take the strain of lifting a 1440 kg Mercedes car off the ground for five minutes. The test was carried out in the independent testing facility of the Advanced Structural Testing Centre (ASTC) at the University of Sheffield.

Dunham-Bush, space heating, heating, perimeter heating, radiant heating, fan convector, fan convection

Guernsey school enjoys pick’n’mix heating

Heating for the refurbishment of a primary school on the island of Guernsey is delivered by a range of systems from Dunham-Bush — including fan convectors, perimeter heating and radiant panels. The heating system for St Martins Primary School was designed by Bob Farrell of Channel Design Consultants.

Flexenergy, district heating, pipework, preinsulated

Plastic pipe brings new life to district heating

The lifecycle and environmental benefits of pre-insulated polybutene pipe technology were the main reasons for it replacing legacy steel pipe in a district-heating scheme in Wandsworth. A total of 1140 m of the pipe was supplied by Flexenergy after the steel network was coming to the end of its useful life.

Tansun, space heating, heating, radiant heating, electric heating, church heating

Electric radiant heating slashes church energy bill

The installation of Tansun infra-red electric radiant heaters to replace underfloor heating at a church in Wolverhampton has reduced energy costs by over 75%. St Michael’s Church was looking for a heating solution that did not require long preheat periods of up to three days.

Spirotech, water treatment dirt separators, vacuum degasser

Spirotech reaches greater heights in City of London skyscraper

Spirotech vacuum degassers and dirt separators have been specified for 100 Bishopsgate, a 37-floor office block in the City of London. This mixed-use building, with major pre-lets to major world banks, is being developed by global real estate investor Brookfield. The Spirotech equipment will have a key role to play in maintaining the condition of the water in the building’s heating and cooling systems, helping them to operate to optimum levels.

Condair, JetSpray

Condair JetSpray humidifiers provide good conditions at Fujifilm

To maintain and ideal relative humidity of 40 to 60% in the Fujifilm Imaging & Innovation Centre in Bradford, the company has installed a Condair JetSpray humidification system. It provides the demonstration area, which incorporates the latest Jet Press 720s, with optimum atmospheric conditions for paper storage and printing.

Thorn Lighting, lighitng, LED, luminaires, controls

Thorn delivers energy-efficient lighting for Avtrade headquarters

Energy-efficient lighting is provided throughout the new global headquarters in Sussex of aviation-support company Avtrade by luminaires from Thorn Lighting — internally and externally. Avtrade is committed to sustainability and wanted an environmentally friendly design that would meet budget constraints.

Stokvis spacing heating, HIU, heat interface unit

Stokvis supplies bespoke HIUs for retrofit project

Stokvis Energy Systems has supplied 32 bespoke heat interface units to replace existing units serving separate apartments in the UNISON building on Euston Road in London. The previous HIUs were installed in small cupboards accessible from the corridors. The new units had to be suitable for underfloor heating and also have connections made from the front.

Panasonic, air conditioning, heat recovery ventilation

Panasonic air-conditioning solution transforms Dublin Warehouse

Energy-efficient cooling for the conversion to offices of a 19th-century warehouse at Grand Canal Quay in Dublin was achieved with minimal changes to the fabric of the building with fresh air delivered using energy-recovery ventilation (ERV) units in the roof space. FKM Group selected Panasonic’s 3-pipe ECOi MF2 air-conditioning solution to be installed by Crystal Air.

Rinnai, DHW, domestic hot water, sizing

Rinnai’s sizing service for domestic hot water

Rinnai, which specialises in continuous-flow water heaters, offers a site sizing service designed to deliver the amount of hot water to meet existing and planned needs. The service is available over e-mail, iPhone and site visit. It is designed to give contractors and users the right mix of products and system that meets the needs of the site, rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach seen with traditional hot-water systems.

Aimteq, BEMS, BMS, bureau, Wireless, controls

Wireless BEMSs cut gas use at bus depots by 20%

Bus operator Stagecoach has achieved aggregate gas savings of around 20% at 24 bus depots following the installation of wireless BEMSs by Aimteq. The investment is set to achieve a return of less than two years on a region-by-region basis.

Thorn Lighting, lighting, luminaires, lighting fittings

Thorn adds new light for building refurbishment

Luminaires from Thorn Lighting have played an important role in the overall design of The Charter Building, a 22 600 m2 high-specification design-led workspace in Uxbridge. It is just 100 m from Uxbridge Underground Station. The project involved the original building, that was once the UK headquarters for Coca Cola, being stripped back to its structural frame, floor plates extended and a penthouse floor with access to a roof terrace added.

Gilberts, Blackpool, BREEAM, air distribution, grilles, diffusers

Gilberts helps engineer European excellence

Contributing to the energy efficiency of the BREEAM ‘Excellent’-rated new headquarters of Tata Technologies at Tachbrook Park, Leamington Spa, is ventilation equipment supplied by Gilberts. Designed by architects Webb Gray, the 5800 m2 £20 million building will house engineering services that are focused on R&D into emerging technologies for automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery.

Studor, drainage ventilation, AAV, air admittance valve

Studor drainage solution avoids roof penetrations

Drainage ventilation with no roof protrusions has been achieved at the €130 million Monselice Hospital in Italy using Studor Maxi-Vent air-admittance valves to cap as many stacks as possible. The valves fit discreetly within the roof space. The architect’s vision was for a ‘wave-effect’ building with no roof protrusions to mirror the sinuous lines of nearby hills.

Grundfos Pumps, BIM, BIM library

Grundfos BIM models are 5-star performers

Grundfos Pumps BIM library was put to good use when the company and GMS, a major supplier of commercial and industrial water-heating products, worked together to create the best solution for a project using a BIM 3D model. The project was for an extension to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and included 10 calorifier packages incorporating Grundfos pumps.

esight, esight energy, BV+MS,BEMS, controls

Maximising the benefits of a BMS

With the key to the effective use of a building-management system being the effective collection, monitoring and targeting of data to analyse usage, eSight Energy’s eSight software provides an effective solution. Collected information is automatically composed by the software at defined intervals, ensuring that up-to-date readings are available to users and can be analysed and reacted to quickly if necessary.

Dunham-Bush, LST radiator, LST, space heating, radiator, heat emitter

Dunham-Bush LST radiators deliver safe heat to care home

Well over 200 Dunham-Bush System LST radiators fitted with SAV/Danfoss PT 40 flow- and pressure-monitoring thermostatic valves have been installed at Manor Grange luxury care home in Corstorphine, Edinburgh. The home focuses on caring for people suffering from dementia from age 65 upward and provides support for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Airbloc, air curtain, door curtain, space heating

Air curtain overcomes uncomfortable draughts in Glasgow restaurant

The installation of an air curtain at high level about the entrance door to Porter & Rye’s steak restaurant in Glasgow has prevented the influx of cold air whenever the door was opened. The recently opened restaurant occupies the ground floor of an elegant Georgian building on Argyle Street and incorporates a mezzanine floor. It is in an exposed location, with cold air channelled along the street from Kelvin Grove Park directly towards the entrance.

Hoval, Riello, boilers, burners, space heating

Hoval and Riello secure boiler contract for New Papworth Hospital

Hoval boilers fitted with Riello dual-fuel low-NOx burners have been selected by Skanska for the New Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire. The precise matching of boilers and burners will ensure optimum energy efficiency with low NOx emissions. A key element of being specified for the project was the ability of Hoval and Riello to supply BIM-compatible product information for incorporating into the model.

Big Foot, support, rooftop plant, roof top plant

Big Foot shows its credentials on German safe-access project

Big Foot Systems has supplied an extensive safe-access solution for the Zemos Research Building at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. Rooftop plant includes four heat pumps and three dry-air coolers on the flat room. The planners required a non-penetrative solution to provide safe access.

Klima-Therm, AHU, air handling unit, air conditioning

Klima-Therm delivers high-tech air-handling units for London hotel

Klima-Therm has delivered two high-performance high-efficiency air-handling units developed by Italian manufacturer Rhoss for the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire Hotel in London’s Leicester Square. The ADV Next Air Systems incorporate a number of energy-efficiency features and deliver cooling, heating and ventilation for the hotel.

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