Waterloo meets airflow needs of Francis Crick Institute

Published:  02 February, 2017

Waterloo Air Products, grilles, diffusers

Waterloo Air Products supplied 10 000 air-distribution products for the new Francis Crick Institute in London. The equipment plays a big part in creating the right airflow to meet the conditions needed for research in this state-of-the-art laboratory building. It is one of Europe’s leading biomedical laboratories and carries out important research into the biology underlying human health and disease.

Laboratory air, underground air and general air all required different airflow and distribution conditions — making Waterloo’s ‘special-as-standard’ range of grilles and diffusers well suited for the project. As work progressed and the specification altered, the projects were adjusted to meet changing requirements.

In total, 15 different types of Waterloo air-distribution devices were used throughout the building. They included over 4000 non-standard laminar-flow diffusers with various configurations, lengths and spigot sizes to meet the various airflow requirements.

‘This project was a fantastic opportunity for us to play a role in such an important facility,’ says Ron Edmondson, managing director of Waterloo Air Products. ‘For such a large-scale development, our adjustable products and our expertise enabled us to meet the various levels of air tightness required to prevent contamination and also provide a comfortable working environment for employees.

‘Due to such a large volume of products, combined with managing the evolving requirements, a collaborative approach was required. We worked closely with Crown House Technologies to ensure the correct air distribution systems were specified and available on site to meet the tight deadlines of the project.’

For more information on this story, click here: Feb 2017, 121

comments powered by Disqus



Welcome to Modern Building Services Online, the web edition of Modern Building Services (MBS) journal and the UK's most popular Building Services engineering site. Modern Building Services covers the entire Building Services Engineering industry. This site contains archived content from the journal, plus web-specific content.

When you go to our digital edition, you can also access the archive of digital editions.
November 2017: DIGITAL EDITION

Modern Building services has a group
on Linkedin - join us!



  • Intermediate / Senior Mechanical Engineer

    The Mechanical team undertake the design and specification of a range of Mechanical building services in a lead or supporting role, depending on project complexity and scale. You should demonstrate a flexible approach to design and team working and wil......

  • Senior Urban Designer

     Applicants will be Master’s Degree qualified Architects / Urban Designers, with a strong portfolio of work highlighting a variety of projects at a range of scales and types, with strong focus on regeneration, infrastructure-led projects and major develo......

  • Principal Structural Engineer

    We are currently recruiting on behalf of a global client, with a diverse range of award winning projects to their name. Their experience spans a host of market sectors, including transport, infrastructure, defence, scientific, education, high-tech and ......

more jobs »


"Is the Building Services industry lagging behind in the implementation of BIM?"