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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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..
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 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.