Toshiba cools SS Great Britain
Discreet air conditioning has been added to Brunel’s SS Great Britain using Toshiba equipment supplied by AMP Air Conditioning and installed by H&F Air Conditioning. The ship is now a museum and a venue for weddings, civil partnerships, conferences and corporate receptions. It attracts 170 000 visitors a year. There are two function spaces, the First Class Dining Saloon and the Hayward Saloon. They are below decks and, having no windows, can become overheated when filled with guests. No new holes could be drilled in the iron hull, and no modern equipment could be on public display. The dining saloon is cooled by a VRF heat pump serving nine floor-standing chassis units with only the grilles visible. Another VRF heat pump and three floor-standing chassis units hidden behind oak panelling serve the Haywood Saloon. The outdoor units are cunningly tucked away, too. One is behind the lift to the lower level, and the other is in the keel of the ship hidden behind a recreation of the ship’s new Crimean War horse display. To improve efficiency and sustainability, the system feeds warm air to the air-handling unit that the controls the low-humidity environment in the ship and helps prevent corrosion.
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