SAS ceiling and beams are just the job for Jobcentre Plus

Published:  29 January, 2008

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A bespoke metal ceiling incorporating chilled-ceiling panels and active chilled beams was designed and made for this Jobcentre Plus building in Bournemouth by SAS.

To help achieve the highest possible BREEAM rating for a new Government building in Bournemouth, cooling and fresh air are provided by SAS active chilled beams.

The building merges two Jobcentre Plus offices into one modern, 3-storey building of 2640 m2 designed by Land Securities Trillium.

A solution using SAS active chilled beams to provide cooling and fresh air was specified. SAS designed, made and co-ordinated the suspended metal ceiling system to meet the strict fit-out requirements of the Department of Works & Pensions.

The building is on an unusually shaped site, and a hybrid ceiling incorporating a profile between the ceiling tiles was specially designed to accommodate the curvature of the building. Extract grilles were produced to exactly match the design of the grille used on the underside of the chilled beam.

SAS chilled ceilings and beams use water to provide cooling, and active chilled beams also distribute fresh air. The relatively high chilled-water temperature of 14 to 17°C enables the chiller to operate more efficiently. Cooling zones can be effectively separated, so that only occupied areas are cooled.

Mark Longland, mechanical engineer for the project with M&E consultant WSP, says, ‘The chilled beams supplied through SAS provide an ideal cooling solution. The system is energy efficient and quiet — making it ideal for a modern office-type environment. SAS were able to manufacturer a bespoke ceiling system which met the strict design and branding requirements the DWP has for all its Jobcentre Plus buildings.’

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