Airedale, air conditioning

Airedale International returns to Rawdon after major fire

Airedale International has returned to its site at Rawdon in Leeds into a redeveloped facility following a major fire in September 2013. The company designs and manufactures high-technology cooling systems for data centres, healthcare, and industrial and commercial environments worldwide. Following the fire, the company recovered by relocating to temporary facilities near Leeds city centre while the old building was demolished and redeveloped.

Glenigan, Markit

Mixed picture of construction activity

A mixed picture of construction-industry activity for the end of last year has been reported by major industry analysts. The Markit/CIPS UK construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) reported a ‘robust and accelerated expansion of overall business activity, thereby indicating a rebound from the slowdown recorded in November’. Glenigan, in contrast, reported new construction activity contracting by 14% in the final quarter of 2015 compared to a year earlier.

BEST, training

BEST achieves accreditation to international standard

Training provider Building Engineering Services Training (BEST), a subsidiary of the Building Engineering Services Association has achieved accreditation to the Matrix standard. Matrix is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver training information, advice and guidance in support of individuals in relation to their career choices, learning programmes and work and life goals.

CIBSE, Sara Kassam, behaviour
Working with people — Sara

Designing for users

Behavioural considerations and recognition of the diversity of users is critical to the design of building services and in ensuring the effective management of workspaces, as Sara Kassam of CIBSE explains.

The energy-efficiency year that was ... and then wasn’t

Last year was a traumatic one for those keen on improving energy efficiency and developing renewable energy. Dr Kerry Mashford of the National Energy Foundation looks back.

Royal Albert Hall enjoys the benefits of adiabatic cooling

Audiences at the Royal Albert Hall in London can now enjoy the performances without suffering from overheated conditions following the installation of a major new cooling system. The new system is based on a six Güntner adiabatic coolers that can deliver 800 kW of cooling, ensuring that the design conditions are met.

The value of not value engineering

The construction industry has long suffered from a disproportionate focus on the capital cost of a project. Steve Harrison of the Building Controls Industry Association explains why this needs to change and how this year’s Building Services Summit aims to address the challenge.

Farmfoods exploits the benefits of LED lighting

LED lighting has been installed throughout the new 16 300 m2 Avonmouth distribution centre of Farmfoods in a scheme designed and supplied by Minimise Energy. The scheme was required to withstand temperatures of -22°C in the frozen-food storage area and also to respond and benefit from changing natural light in office areas.

Expansion continues at Ameon

Ameon, the building-services-engineering company based in Lancashire, has acquired more office space to accommodate a significant increase in staff numbers and expand its headquarters at Whitehills Business Park next to the M55 near Blackpool. The acquisition of premises next to its headquarters in Olympic Court increases the size of its headquarters by 50%.

An holistic approach to pipe fabrication

Against the backdrop of Pipe Center having opened a purpose-built branch and fabrication facility for pipework at Basildon, Gary Franklin gives an insight into the many benefits of this evolving approach to pipe fabrication.

How plastic pipes can boost energy efficiency

Measuring the head losses and pump-duty requirements of plastic pipework revealed some amazing results. Des Dolan of Durapipe discusses the findings.

Adding lighting control to the scope of a BEMS

Bringing lighting control within the scope of a building-management system offers a host of installation and operational benefits. Mike Welch of Control Network Solutions discusses how the Tridium Niagara platform can help offer a cost-effective and energy-saving smart lighting control solution.

Waterloo meets design challenges of City office

The extensive curves of the St Botolph’s building in the City of London led to many of the air diffusers being custom built by Waterloo Air Products. There is a combination of sweeping 11, 12 and 13 m curves. The building was designed to achieve a ‘Very good’ BREEAM rating.

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