Air conditioning under the floor brings new life to historic Soho building

Published:  03 April, 2014

AET, Flexible space, underfloor air conditioning

Built in 1906, this historic building in the Soho area of London has utilised AETís Flexible Space underfloor air-conditioning system to update it from a heated-only building to fully air-conditioned commercial office space ó whilst retaining the aesthetic values of the architecture of the period. The refurbishment of the building at 76-88 Wardour Street was a joint development by Legal & General and Walbrook Land.

A number of design challenges were presented by the architectural style and prominent corner location to achieve full air conditioning for the speculative open-plan offices. The AET system overcame height restrictions, unique structural elements and floor-plate configuration ó while maintaining a floor-to-ceiling height of at least 2.6 m on all five office floors.

The system proposed by AET was a zonal CAM-C system using the space below the raised floor as the ventilation duct for supply and return air. Each floor was divided into two zones, each served by a downflow unit (CAM). Air is taken from the floor void into the space via a Fantile unit, which provides individual control of airflow and temperature via the integrated Fantronic controller.

For each zone, the floor void is divided into supply- and return-air plena using air-segregation baffles, so there is no need for ducting and pipework in a ceiling void.

AET also overcome the problem of a very shallow void area on each floor by using its latest 150 mm slimline Fantile with EC fan for these areas ó in addition to the standard TU4 Fantile elsewhere in the building.

The project has achieved a BREEAM ĎVery goodí rating and a B rated Energy Performance Certificate.

For more information on this story, click here: April 2014, 120

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