Demand grows strongly for underfloor services concept

Contributing to a 50% growth in demand for AET’s Flexible Space Concept over the last 12 months is the transformation of Tricorn House in Birmingham from an outdated 1970s office building into a modern, premium-rent office space with an easily configurable working environment.
Advanced Ergonomic Technologies reports a 50% increase in sales for its Flexible Space Concept over the last 12 months. It comprises Hiross Flexible Space underfloor air conditioning, Nesite raised floor and Movinord full demountable partitioning. During 2005, AET completed a series of prestigious installations in the UK and across the world. They included landmark commercial office projects, PFIs, major retail, leisure and mixed-use developments. There has also been a huge upsurge in demand for this type of flexible building-services solution from the rapidly expanding Asian market. AET Flexible Space Hong Kong opened an office in Shanghai at the start of 2005. One of the key benefits of installing services under the floor is a 90% reduction in churn cost identified in a CABE study, compared with HVAC services in the ceiling and a cellular floor. Glan Blake Thomas, managing director of AET, says, ‘The market place is putting greater demand on office space in terms of reduced costs of change, compliance with Part L, waste disposal and pollution — and yet still demands high levels of flexibility as staff costs increase and lease lengths reduce.’
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