The outcome of refurbishment — the Athenaeum Building has been coverted from a derelict former library into a multi-use building by Sunderland Housing Group. On the ground floor are offices and shops. The first floor provides office space for Sunderland Housing Group. On the second floor are luxury apartments. White Young Green was commissioned to undertake this project, valued at nearly £1 million.
From left: second-floor luxury apartments; ground floor area housing offices front view of The Athenaeum building.

When it’s time for refurbishing...

Paul Ellyatt reviews the issues surrounding engineering services when refurbishing a building.

Adding cold-water atomising humidifiers to air-handling units can effectively provide free cooling.

Refurbishment opportunities for humidification

Humidification is an increasingly important aspect of modern buildings. Lindsay Henderson considers how it can be added during refurbishment operations.

To bring old air-conditioning equipment up to modern standards of efficiency and performance, Airedale Service can refurbish existing plant in situ when it is not practical to strip it out and replace it.

Refurbishing plant in-situ

With so much air-conditioning plant almost part of the fabric of the building, refurbishment can present major difficulties — a situation that has been addressed by Airedale Service.

Weight limitations that prevented the installation of sheet-metal ducting in this Chichester venue have been overcome using Kingspan’s lightweight KoolDuct system.

Lightweight ducting takes weight off designer’s mind

The lightweight properties of Kingspan’s KoolDuct system of pre-insulated ducting have been exploited for the JD Wetherspoons pub/restaurant in Chichester.

A £1 million contract between Boots and Toshiba will see air-conditioning equipment used in refurbishment and new projects. From left are Habib Hussain (TCUK financial director), David Dunn (Toshiba national sales manager) sealing the contract with the Boots engineering team of Richard Singleton, Ian Westran and Richard McEllroy.

Toshiba secures national air-conditioning refurbishment contracts

Toshiba split systems and VRF air-conditioning equipment are to be installed in refurbished and new stores of Boots The Chemists as part of a £1 million single end-user contract.

New refrigerant in old pipes

With the high-pressure refrigerant R410A increasingly being used in new air-conditioning equipment, Daikin offers guidance on the use of pipework originally installed for R22 and R407C.

Featuring two pairs of flow and return tappings capable of providing different flow temperatures, these Keston wall-hung condensing boilers provide an effective means of meeting the DHW and heating requirements of a community centre in Eastbourne.

Dual-tapped boilers match DHW and heating needs

The conversion of a carpet warehouse in Eastbourne to a community centre is one of the first installations of Keston’s recently launched C90/C110 wall-mounted, modulating gas-fired commercial condensing boilers. Three C90 boilers were specified for the Kings Church Community Centre, which is used by a variety of organisations from children’s playgroups to indoor sports.

A customisable lighting system using standard products developed by Riegens for Tesco is a key part of a mezzanine concept to increase sales area in existing stores.

Adaptable lighting helps Tesco add floor area to existing stores

To enable additional sales area to be added to its existing stores, supermarket giant Tesco has designed a mezzanine concept using a customised Riegens Lighting package. The system creates an innovative continuous lighting concept for the underside of the mezzanine.

Bank cuts running costs of air conditioning

A more stable and comfortable environment has been achieved in a bank in Grantham following the replacement of the existing air-conditioning system with new Mitsubishi Mr Slim R410A Power Inverters.

As part of the refurbishment of the Great Western Hotel in London, services in bedrooms are activated when guests check in.

Hotel check-in activates room services for guests

The refurbished Great Western Hotel at Paddington Station in London now has bedroom heating and air conditioing activated as the guest checks in.

concert hall
Skid mounted plant engineered by Spirax Sarco plays a key role in space heating for this refurbished concert hall in Leeds.

Heating system harmonises with concert-hall refurbishment

Engineered skid-mounted plant was selected as the most effective and reliable means of providing hot water for the space-heating requirement of a refurbished concert hall at the University of Leeds. The Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall is due to open later this year in time for the university’s centenary.



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