Wago. controls, BMS, BEMS, energy management

Wago compact controls take control at Airflow Developments academy

The compact size of Wago controllers and I/O modules for controlling and monitoring DALI lighting and underfloor heating in the recently opened academy of Airflow Developments at High Wycombe enabled system integrator Accurro to build a cabinet half the size of that originally anticipated. Harry Lees of Accurro explained, ‘With Wago we can fit far more I/O into a panel. Using such a small cabinet allows the whole service room to be a third smaller than originally designed.’

Viega, Megapress, pipework, press fittings, pressfittings

Viega’s Megapress steals the show

The extensive thick-walled steel-tube heating system installed in the £6.5 million development of the Rockvilla centre that will be the headquarters of the National Theatre Scotland was quickly, easily and reliably installed using Viega’s Megapress connection system. It was specified by design consultant and engineering company Atelier Ten for over 500 connections in sizes from 15 to 54 mm.

Veolia, CHP, NOx, low NOx, energy centre

Reduced-NOx CHP for first NHS proton beam therapy centre

Supporting the work of the first NHS high-energy proton beam therapy centre for The Christie specialist cancer centre in Manchester is the latest CHP technology from Veolia to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Part of Veolia’s new packaged CHP range, the 240 kW(e) unit uses a 3-way catalyst to reduce NOx emissions and protect local air quality.

Efficient Power Solutions, voltage optimiser, voltage optimisation

Voltage optimisers reduce school’s electricity bills by 20%

The installation of voltage-optimisation equipment has enabled a school in Norfolk to reduce its annual electricity bill by 20%, representing a reduction in energy consumption of 120 MWh a year and CO2 emissions reduced by 50 t. The equipment was supplied and installed by Efficient Power Solutions for Acorn Park School, a specialist autism school.

SWEP, PHE, plate heat exchanger, brazed plate heat exchanger

SWEP wins BPHE order for 100 Bishopsgate

SWEP has won the contract to supply brazed plate heat exchangers (BPHEs) to the 100 Bishopsgate project in the City of London. Consultants Hilson Moran have designed the project for Brookfield Development.

Andrews Boiler Hire, space heating, boilers

Boiler hire responds to district-heating crisis

When three separate 500 kW heat modules servicing a district-heating system in east London broke down under the increased load presented by new properties being added to the system, Andrews Boiler Hire was quick to deliver and hook up a 1500 kW boiler to ensure continuity of service.

Fujitsu, air conditioning, VRF, critical cooling

Fujitsu delivers critical cooling for global-communications company

Fujitsu Air Conditioning (UK) has supplied VRF heat-pump systems for the new office building of global-communications company Havas Media Group at 3 St Pancras Square in London. This imposing building was designed by Porphyrios Associates and comprises 11 storeys, including three private roof terraces.

Grundfos Pumps, booster set, water boosting

Grundfos supports Wimbledon plans

Helping to support the latest part of the master plan for the All-England Club at Wimbledon is a Grundfos Hydro MPC-E 6-pump booster set. This part of the plan includes a roof over Number 1 Court, extra seating and a new public plaza.

Prolojik, lighting, POE, power over ethernet, LEDS, LED

Storage facility uses PoE with LED lighting system

Prolojik’s PoE (power over Ethernet) Lightmatrix system controls LED lighting in The Armitage secure-storage facility in Marylebone, London. The system was chosen in part to meet the challenge posed by a particularly low service void throughout the building and is based on data cabling rather than electrical wiring, so that the majority of final circuit and associated containment are not needed, significantly reducing space requirements.

Danfoss, district heating, valves, commissioning, flushing

Danfoss valves assemblies bring benefits to biomass district heating

The Hero flushing bypass manifold solution developed by Danfoss has save significant man hours during the installation of a biomass district-heating scheme by Flogas Britain at an independent co-educational school in Dorset. Two biomass boilers and multiple oil-fired boilers as backup have replaced the old fuel-oil and LPG heating system on a number of circuits to serve the main campus and reduce heating costs and improve security of supply.

Schneider Electric, EcoStruxure

Schneider Electric unifies systems at Moorfields Eye Hospital

Schneider Electric has helped Moorfields Eye Hospital in London to modernise its systems and infrastructure with its EcoStruxure for Healthcare solution. EcoStruxure unifies hospital systems under a single platform and through real-time location systems technology, enabling the hospital to track staff, patients and assets across its facilities.

Aggreko, boiler hire, space heating

Aggreko supplies interim heating during university infrastructure upgrade

The University of St Andrews has partnered with Aggreko to provide an interim heating and hot-water system during the shutdown of its existing heating infrastructure for a major upgrade involving the installation of new boilers and replacing major sections of pipework. The temporary heating system was designed and implemented to maintain full operation of the university campus.

Hamworthy, boilers, space heating, DHW

St Paul’s Cathedral gets Hamworthy makeover

Following 50 years of service, the three steel shell boilers serving St Paul’s Cathedral in London could not be repaired any more and have been replaced with Hamworthy Wessex Modumax mk3 condensing boilers with a total output of 1016 kW. At the same time, new plant to provide domestic hot water was installed.

Dunham-Bush, space heating, fan convector, trench heating

Dunham-Bush heats new Tonbridge School library

Dunham-Bush Pedestal Finvector perimeter heating units and fan-assisted Aerocourse trench heating have been installed in the new Smythe Library at Tonbridge School as part of a £6.1 million refurbishment undertaken by Buxton Contractors. He heating design was by BDP’s London office.

Grundfos Pumps

Pump health check delivers large savings for London office block

Following a health check by Grundfos Pumps, a large office building in central London is saving 318 000 kWh a year by replacing obsolete pumps with new energy-efficient models. The savings amount to £30 000 a year, with a payback of 2.8 years and a large reduction in CO2 emissions.

SWEP, brazed plate heat exchanger, PHE

SWEP supplies heat exchangers to Oxford shopping centre

SWEP, a leading world supplier of compact brazed plate heat exchangers (BPHEs) has supplied 79 of its gasket-free BPHEs for the 74 000 m2 Westgate Shopping Centre in the heart of Oxford. The centre is being developed jointly by Land Securities and The Crown Estate.

Kingspan Industrial Insulation, ductwork, pipework, insulation

Kingspan Industrial Insulation joins the space age

In space, even the smallest amount of debris can be the difference between success and catastrophic failure, a concept reflected in the selection of duct and pipe insulation for the new RAL Space Development & Test Facility (R100) at Didcot of the Science & Technology Facilities Council. Kingspan Kooltherm FM duct and FM pipe insulation, both with fibre-free cores, were selected.

Spirotech, space heating, boilers, degassing, degasser, dirt separation

Spirotech plays key role in boiler replacement

A Spirotech vacuum degasser and a SpiroTrap dirt separator are key elements in the replacement of cast-iron boilers serving an open heating system with modern boilers and a sealed vent system at Exeter Civic Centre. The previous heating system had been in use for nearly 40 years.

Nor-Ray-Vac, AmbiRad, space heating, radiant heating

Howzat for Nor-Ray-Vac?

The one-thousandth installation of AmbiRad’s Nor-Ray-Vac continuous radiant-tube heating system is for the new Jarrett Indoor Cricket Centre of Reeds School in Cobham, Surrey. The centre consists of five training cricket wickets in the sports hall, with six changing rooms, reception space and toilets on the ground floor.

Rinnai, DHW, domestic hot water

Rinnai demonstrates its fitness for gyms

The excellent results achieved by a custom-built gym pack for a chain of high-street gyms has led to it being installed at multiple sites over the UK, with more to come over the next couple of years. The pack includes everything from design to delivery of a complete hot-water system in one easy-to-install fully specified and energy-efficient pack delivered direct to site.

Geberit, Twyford, plumbing, sanitary ware

Geberit and Twyford provide total plumbing for school makeover

Geberit and sister company Twyford have provided a total plumbing solution at Gwenfro Primary School in Wrexham as part of a £4.9 million makeover funded by the Welsh Government’s schools and education programme for the 21st century. Upgraded from an existing 1950s school the new school amalgamates juniors and infants with capacity for 315 pupils. The 2-storey building is rated BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

Humidity Solutions, space heating, humidification

A flexible friend for hot yoga

Humidity Solutions has supplied a Vesuvius heating and humidification tower to the new Yoga Shed in Hitchin. It delivers 18 kW of heating and 10 kg/h of humidification to produce a stable 40C and 50% RH. It also introduces and filters fresh air, using heat recover to minimise energy consumption.

Stokvis, boilers, space heating

Stokvis Modupak heats inspection pits in rail maintenance depot

The vast inspection pits at Network Rail’s Tyseley depot in Birmingham are now heated by a Modupak R40 series boiler arrangement from Stokvis Energy Systems installed in place of redundant boilers. The depot has facilities for overhauling and repairing locomotives.

Trend Control Systems, BEMS, BMS, BACnet

Smart money is on Trend at SkyCity, Auckland

The updated control infrastructure in one of New Zealand’s premier attractions, SkyCity Auckland, uses equipment from Trend Control Systems to maximise efficiency and create the very best comfort conditions. It is the tallest building in New Zealand, and its 328 m SkyTower has dominated the skyline for 20 years.

Smith's Environmental Products, fan convector, bespoke, space heating

Smith’s devises bespoke fan-convector heating solution for Liverpool Town Hall

New heating for the Grade I listed 18th century Town Hall in Liverpool is based on a bespoke solution developed by Smith’s EP. The solution is based on 20 Caspian Concealed fan convectors installed behind panels in the walls of a number of rooms in the building. Around four Caspian heaters were installed in three reception rooms, one ballroom, two dining rooms and a meeting room. Ducts are positioned so heat is effectively distributed.

Gilberts, Blackpool, ventilation, louvre, natural ventilation

Gilberts ventilates new Lake District museum

Controlled ventilation for the £16 million+ new Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats & Stories is provided by ventilation louvres made by Gilberts Blackpool. The museum was designed by Carmody Groarke as part of a RIBA international design competition for Lakeland Arts.

Toshiba, air conditioning, VRF, module, prefabrication

Air conditioning is built into prefabricated modules for hotels

Toshiba air-conditioning systems are being installed offsite in modular construction units in China for shipping to the UK for assembly into prestigious new hotels. The manufacturer is working with modular offsite specialist CIMC on projects for two major UK and international hotel chains. The first hotels to be constructed by this method are in London, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Zumtobel, lighting, luminaires

Zumtobel creates lighting solution for Durham University

Interior and exterior lighting for the new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University is provided by Zumtobel luminaires. The £11.5 million development will provide 80 new offices for professors, lecturers, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, support staff and visiting academics. There is also a 100-seat seminar/meeting room, social space and breakout rooms with video conferencing facilities.

MHS Radiators, radiators, LST, low surface temperature, space heating

MHS Radiators supplies LSTs for special needs

The re-opened Phoenix Centre facility for special education needs in Wigan following extensive renovation includes LST (low surface temperature) radiators from MHS Radiators. M&E consultant NPS Group identified LST radiators as the most appropriate product, given that the occupants would be children of various ages, and MHS radiators supplied 39 Ambiguard radiators.

Grundfos Pumps

Grundfos pumps serve Scottish award winner

One of the winners of the Scottish Property Awards, the Student Accommodation of the Year category, features a complete pump solution supplied by Grundfos Pumps. The Holyrood North residence hall at the University of Edinburgh was the winner from nine shortlisted developments.

Gilberts, Blackpool, ventilation, natural ventilation

Gilberts delivers natural ventilation for Cambridge boathouse

Natural ventilation for the new £3.5 million boathouse for Gonville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge is delivered by bespoke terminals designed and engineered by Gilberts Blackpool. Designed by bb+c architects with services designed by Max Fordham LLP, the system has six Mistrale 75 penthouse roof terminals.

Trilux, lighting, LEDs

Modern lighting reduces connected load by 40%

The connected lighting load for the Watershed arts centre in Bristol has been reduced by 40% by an all-LED system developed and specified by Arup’s lighting team for the public, conference and office areas, with Trilux lighting for the back-office zone.

Humidity Solutions, humidification

Fast response restores comfortable humidity

A fast response by Humidity Solutions to provide two mobile humidifiers enabled Process Systems Enterprise (PSE) to quickly restore comfortable, healthy conditions following a power failure. PSE supplies advanced process-modelling software and model-based engineering and innovation services to process industries. A power failure at its headquarters in west London recently disabled the climatic control in the building.

Grundfos Pumps, replacement, survey

Grundfos proves energy-saving capabilities of pump replacement

Grundfos Pumps’ approach to an FM company suggesting that it could benefit from energy checks on pump equipment in the various buildings it was responsible for maintaining coincided with the company having been asked to find savings beyond those already achieved on lighting and water use for a larger-size office block.

Nittan, fire detection, fire alarm, smoke alarm

Nittan fire detection protects UNESCO world heritage site

Nittan fire detection equipment has been installed at the UNESCO world heritage site Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Italy as part of an integrated fire and security system. The devices have been installed in the Camposanto (cemetery), the cathedral, two museums and the administrative offices. There are 1000 zones and seven fire-detection control units. The fire-detection system has been integrated into a new security system that includes 150 CCTV cameras, a site-wide access-control system and intrusion detection. The ‘leaning’ Tower of Pisa is also on the site.

BG Energy Solutions, Trend, BMS, BEMS, space heating

BMS slashes heating bills for Numatic

Numatic, which makes industrial, commercial and domestic cleaning equipment, is saving 21.8% on its gas consumption following the installation by BG Energy Solutions of a Trend building-management system. Within the first year of operation, half of the initial investment had already been recouped.

Evinox, HIU, heat interface unit, prepayment, district heating, space heating, community heating

Evinox adds versatility to district heating

Evinox Energy is working with EcoWorld Ballymore and Clarion Housing Group on the London City Island development to supply heat interface units and room controllers for apartments that are connected to the district-heating network. The company is also supplying metering and billing services for the social-housing apartments.

boiler, NG Bailey, offsite, off site, Prefabrication, space heating
Crossrail Ltd

NG Bailey installs boiler plant for Crossrail depot

NG Bailey has installed six prefabricated plant modules, each weighing over a tonne, at Transport for London’s Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) train maintenance and stabling depot at Old Oak Common Lane in north west London. It will include stabling sidings for 33 of the 66 new trains. NG Bailey is responsible for around £14 million-worth of mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.

JCW Energy Services, Mitsubishi Electric, air conditioning, VRF, split system

All hands on deck to refurbish The Ship

In response to the owners of one of Plymouth’s most iconic buildings, The Ship, which used to be occupied by The Herald & Western Morning News, looking to refurbish and upgrade the derelict office in weeks instead of months, JCW Energy Services assembled a project team from its nationwide office in just seven days from receiving the order and called upon technical and logistical support from Mitsubishi Electric.

Daikin, air conditioning, water cooled VRV

Daikin water-cooled VRV plays key role in building upgrade

A Daikin water-cooled VRV air-conditioning system has been teamed up with two Guntner adiabatic dry-air coolers to reject heat for the upgrading of the 3000 m2 4-storey building at 63 Kew Road, Richmond, the former UK headquarters of Pepsi Cola. The building is now home to notonthehighstreet.com, an online marketplace for creative small businesses.

Remeha, boilers, space heating

Civils select Remeha boilers for refurb

As part of a major refurbishment of the Institution of Civil Engineers headquarters in London, boiler plant that was nearly 30 years old has been replaced with two Remeha boilers to increase the efficiency of heating.

Dunham-Bush, Dunham Bush, space heating, fan coil

Dunham-Bush fan coils deliver efficient comfort

Dunham-Bush has supplied over 290 Cougar and Puma fan-coil units to Woodford Heating & Energy for the prestigious Morello Quarter residential development in Croydon, formerly the Galaxy House site. The development aims to achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and has a low-emissions strategy. There are 290 high-specification apartments with two or three bedrooms in four connected buildings with concierge and boutique-style reception areas.

Kingspan, Kooltherm, duct insulation, ventilation

Kingspan helps with ambitious expansion

Over 1300 m2 of Kingspan Kooltherm FM duct insulation has been installed as part of the iconic new extension to Tate Modern in London. Named the Switch House, the 64.5 m-high tower adjoins Tate Modern’s existing home with the former Bankside Power Station to provide over 5000 m2 of new exhibition space over 10 levels.

Aico, smoke alarm, smoke detector, fire protection

Aico increases fire protection for student accommodation

To increase protection for students living in 27 semi-detached cottages, Harper Adams University in Shropshire has installed Aico 160e mains-powered smoke alarms. The cottages each have four or five bedrooms and already had Aico smoke alarms on the landing and in the hall. The university wanted to increase the level of protection, but without the considerable expense of moving to an LD1 system, which is the highest protection in fire-alarm categories for dwellings. It also wanted a solution that was flexible, as these properties may be repurposed in the future.

Smith's, fan convector, Smiths, space heating

Smith’s fan convectors deliver effective heating in church refurbishment

The refurbishment of St Nicholas’ Church in Blundellsands, Merseyside, includes seven Smith’s Caspian UV fan convectors to transform the heating system. They heat a large hall, a small hall and the reception area. Heating for each area can be controlled separately, which was not possible before

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains ensures welcome to visitors to i360 in Brighton

JS Air Curtains has supplied 12 Mini Optima air curtains for the doorways of the British Airways i360 observation attraction in Brighton. They were chosen as the best fit for the curved inner and outer doorways and were supplied in lengths of 1 and 1.5 m to suit the various entrance widths. A grey RAL9006 colour was chosen for the zinc-plated steel casing to blend in with the interior design.

Gibbons, Ultraviolet Solutions, disinfection, AHU

Gibbons reduces health risks and cuts consumption of energy

Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions has played a key role in helping a major financial institution improve indoor air quality at its 23 000 m2 commercial office in central London to comply with the WELL Building Standard and save energy. A CoilCare ultra-violet germicidal irradiation air and surface disinfection system was installed in the air-handling units (AHU) to eradicate contaminants and restore the equipment to original operation condition.

Dunham-Bush, Dunham Bush, space heating, fan convector

Dunham-Bush heats new Science Centre at Stowe School

The new Science Centre at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire is heated by Dunham-Bush BM fan convectors installed in the ceiling voids. This £6 million building has 18 generously sized laboratories (six each for chemistry, biology and physics). There is also a sixth-form study centre and six lecture theatres, one of which can accommodate up to 60 students.

Wieland delivers power for new primary school

Wieland has supplied its Metalynx2 modular wiring system and a range of components for lighting and power distribution for the new Marlborough Primary School in the Chelsea area of London. This 2-form-entry primary school replaces an old unsuitable Victorian building on the site, which has been demolished.

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