- A shining beacon of successPublished: 24 April, 2013
MHS Boilers has supplied two 905kW ADI-NOx HT floor standing boilers to the Beacon Building on the Stafford campus at Staffordshire University.
- Simmtronic delivers savings for Network RailPublished: 24 April, 2013
Network Rail has installed an advanced SPECS3 Lighting Controls System from Simmtronic to gain the maximum energy saving and lighting management flexibility at its recently opened national centre in Milton Keynes.
- Community sports centre installs specialist technologyPublished: 24 April, 2013
A community sports centre in Stockport is believed to be among the first in the country to install specialist renewable heating technology in its club house, after it was awarded £70,000 in grants.
- Lighting the way for confectionery researchPublished: 24 April, 2013
Cirrus luminaires from Riegens Lighting have been used to help reduce energy consumption while ensuring a high quality lit environment at Nestlé’s newly extended Product Technology Centre (PTC) in York. Riegens Illusion luminaires have also been used in refurbished offices.
- Bombay Sapphire achieves a world firstPublished: 24 April, 2013
The Bombay Sapphire gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become both the first distillery and first refurbishment to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ design-stage BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) accreditation for its distillery process buildings.
- Shentongroup wins service contractPublished: 24 April, 2013
Shentongroup’s Service and Maintenance Division has beaten off stiff competition to win a service contract to maintain and service the generators at seven fire stations in Humberside. Shentongroup has created a bespoke contract for Humberside Fire and Rescue Department to include two services a year with load bank testing included in the major service.
- Boutique hotel opts for synergyPublished: 24 April, 2013
Synergy decorative wiring accessories from Legrand have been installed throughout a new hotel in Newcastle city centre that is shaking up the budget hotel market by delivering affordable accommodation in a boutique setting.
- Megaman provides a healthy glowPublished: 24 April, 2013
LED GU10 and Gls lamps from Megaman UK are being used in a variety of applications at the new privately owned £4 million Woodland Spa, set within 100 acres of rolling landscape in the magnificent Lancashire countryside. Megaman’s lamps were chosen for the project due to their cool running temperature as well as offering energy savings of up to 80%.
- County hall increases capacity with CablofilPublished: 24 April, 2013
The Isle of Wight’s Newport County Hall has been remodelled with data and electrical services to answer current and future demand thanks to the installation of Cablofil cable management from Legrand.
- Riegens shines a light on medical researchPublished: 26 March, 2013
Riegens Lighting has supplied a range of luminaires, including bespoke Mirac recessed modular fittings, to the Medical Research Council’s new Laboratory of Molecular Biology building (LMB) at Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
- Sabien supports DSA’s carbon reduction planPublished: 26 March, 2013
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is using Sabien Technology’s M2G intelligent boiler load optimisers to help it meet its carbon reduction targets by preventing boiler dry cycling. At the DSA’s Eastgate site, for example, analysis has shown energy savings of 22% over and above those already being achieved by the building management system (BMS). The payback period is projected to be around 1.4 years.
- Xpelair keep things quiet at Halliford SchoolPublished: 26 March, 2013
Xpelair Ventilation Solutions’ Customvent division has been specified by Omega Building Services to provide a bespoke high efficiency ventilation system at Halliford School, Shepperton.
- Future secured for landmark buildingPublished: 26 March, 2013
One of Huddersfield’s much loved town centre buildings is being given a new lease of life, thanks to Doyle Consulting Engineers, part of the Parsons Group. Work is underway to convert the former Thatcher’s furniture store into single occupancy flats to meet demand for town centre accommodation from the area’s growing student population.
- Dimplex scores an A for performancePublished: 26 March, 2013
A Dimplex heat pump is part of a £200,000 new Eco project and innovative classroom and learning facility that’s also secured an ‘A’ rated energy performance certificate for a school in Hampshire.
- It’s a UK first for RehauPublished: 26 March, 2013
The Crystal, a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens, located in London’s Royal Victoria Dock, is the first building in the UK to use Rehau’s chilled ceiling system.
- Delmatic takes control of Princess TowerPublished: 26 March, 2013
A Delmatic lighting control system has been installed in The Princess Tower in Dubai to manage and monitor lighting throughout the public areas, using occupancy-based control to reduce energy consumption.
- CP’s Vitesse ensures sustainable designPublished: 26 March, 2013
CP Electronics has supplied its Vitesse Plus and Vitesse Modular lighting control systems to A J Walter Aviation for the newly constructed global HQ and logistics centre close to Gatwick Airport. The new build facility has been constructed using best practise in sustainable building design to ensure the highest BREEAM rating has been achieved.
- Hager simplifies lighting circuits for Winchester hospitalPublished: 26 March, 2013
Hager’s new Klik.system dual supply marshalling box has saved Winchester hospital both equipment and time during the installation of essential and non-essential lighting circuits for its new 2000sq m outpatient’s clinic.
- Hattersley is the ideal solutionPublished: 25 March, 2013
When it comes to a site with almost 8000 metres of pipework, the installation process is a mammoth task, which is why the many benefits of Hattersley's Press-Fit Valves appealed to M&E contractor Jones Engineering when it was tasked with fitting out the building services at the new North East Energy Recovery Centre (NEERC) in Billingham, Stockton on Tees.
- The Royal London one year onPublished: 21 February, 2013
It is just over a year since the completion of Phase 1 of a £650m redevelopment of The Royal London hospital, that saw it transformed into a state-of-the-art medical centre delivering world-class facilities. Occupying an area equivalent to 40 football pitches, the 6,000 bed hospital comprises of a cluster of inter-connected glass buildings that includes two 17-storey towers and a 10-storey tower.
- R22 delivers energy reductionPublished: 21 February, 2013
Results from a year-long study monitoring the performance of upgraded air conditioning units at the UK headquarters of the leading global industrial solutions provider, Alfa Laval, has seen a 44% drop in overall energy use. Having replaced aging R22 air conditioning units with five new City Multi YHM-R2 Replace technology systems, the company now benefits from energy efficient technology.
- Excellent rating for One London SquarePublished: 21 February, 2013
Energy efficiency was one of the key criteria when it came to specifying products for One London Square, the 55,000sq ft office space in Guildford, Surrey, which has undergone a complete refurbishment and features a wide selection of Concord and Lumiance luminaires.
- Short term solution for Barts HospitalPublished: 21 February, 2013
The Barts Health new hospitals project is replacing many ageing buildings at St Bartholomew's (Barts) in Central London and the first phase, a state-of-the-art cancer centre, opened in March 2010. Construction has now started on the second phase, a cardiac centre of excellence due for completion in 2014.
- Tottenham Hotspur scores with KNXPublished: 21 February, 2013
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has ensured that its new, 67-acre training facility will not disturb local neighbours or wildlife thanks to a state-of-the-art KNX lighting control system from The Wandsworth Group.
- Riegens helps to cut lighting costsPublished: 21 February, 2013
In replacing high pressure sodium (HPS) lighting, Riegens HB Saleni T5 fluorescent luminaires are helping SIG plc to achieve average energy savings of 65-70% on its warehouse lighting in the UK.
- The only way is … S&PPublished: 21 February, 2013
Building services specialist Webtech Air has selected supply and extract fans manufactured by S&P and supplied by Lindab Basildon to help meet stringent noise and odour control requirements at the new Bar Blanco in Rayleigh, Essex. Webtech Air and S&P worked closely together in designing the system and obtaining planning permission from the local authority.
- Distech Controls makes the grade in ScotlandPublished: 21 February, 2013
A new Building Management System (BMS) from Distech Controls is helping Renfrewshire Council reduce fuel consumption and cut carbon emissions at four schools whilst educating future generations on the benefits of integrated, energy efficient control.
- Ridi sheds light on learning spacePublished: 21 February, 2013
At a recent refurbishment project at Guildford College in Surrey, Ridi Lighting supplied its F-Line to luminaires to complement the suspended acoustic baffle arrangements that were installed to the refurbished classrooms and central hub. Specified by Michael Jones Associates, the luminaires, panels and additional sensors and controls create a well-lit, pleasant and productive environment for students at the college.
- Ellis secures emergency systemsPublished: 04 February, 2013
Ellis has had its Phoenix fire proof cable cleats specified to secure all emergency system cabling in two new properties being built at the Cobalt Data Centre Campus in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
- Another steaming spa from HygromatikPublished: 04 February, 2013
The utterly blissful Champneys Spa in Forest Mere, Hampshire, has recently installed the latest HeaterLine steam generators from Hygromatik as part of a refurbishment project to the female spa facilities.
- Exceptional services for children’s homePublished: 04 February, 2013
LG has installed a new Multi V III heating and cooling system to benefit children and young people at a Hampshire children’s home.
- The flexible approach to refurbishmentPublished: 04 February, 2013
State-of-the-art underfloor air conditioning from AET has helped London-based property group, Commercial Estates Group (CEG), complete the renovation of Tricorn House in Birmingham.
- Megaman provides a decorative touchPublished: 04 February, 2013
Lamps and reflectors from Megaman’s extensive decorative lamp range, including LED candles and LED GU10’s, are being used for a variety of applications in Coombe Abbey Hotel, a beautiful country house nestling within the UK’s historical heartland of Warwickshire. The use of Megaman lamps has enabled Coombe Abbey to maintain its energy saving ethos whilst retaining the old world charm and aesthetics of the interior decor.
- Cablofil helps create a forum for the futurePublished: 04 February, 2013
Cablofil has been used in the ceiling voids, under floors and in risers throughout the The Forum, a multi-purpose development at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus, for the programmable intelligent lighting system.
- Legrand manages power distributionPublished: 04 February, 2013
Electrak and Zucchini busbar-based solutions from Legrand have been used to distribute power through Block 3 of the £135million Mann Island development at Liverpool’s Pier Head – a World Heritage Site on the banks of the Mersey.
- CP helps inspire sports villagePublished: 04 February, 2013
The CP Electronics Vitesse Modular 4 lighting connection system has been used in conjunction with the company’s EBDSPIR-PRM detectors to help the new aquatic centre in Luton save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
- Delmatic supports a bright new futurePublished: 20 December, 2012
As part of its redevelopment plan, Coventry University has constructed a new Faculty of Engineering and Computing building. The building uses a range of green technologies, including an advanced lighting management system from Delmatic.
- Cofely to deliver ground-breaking schemePublished: 20 December, 2012
Cofely, a GDF SUEZ company, has been awarded a ground-breaking 25 year contract by Coventry City Council to develop the Heatline low carbon district heating network for Coventry city centre.
- Passivent delivers a complete solutionPublished: 20 December, 2012
Ensuring a new-build dementia care home with 80 bedrooms over four storeys was properly ventilated yet as energy efficient as possible has been simplified through Passivent’s ability to deliver a comprehensive solution.
- Supermarket sweep for Tate ConsultingPublished: 20 December, 2012
A boutique engineering and management consultancy in Harrogate has completed a major multi-million pound project with the world’s biggest retailing brand, Asda.
- Supermarket sweep for Tate ConsultingPublished: 20 December, 2012
A boutique engineering and management consultancy in Harrogate has completed a major multi-million pound project with the world’s biggest retailing brand, Asda.
- Lochinvar solar thermal gets top marksPublished: 20 December, 2012
Lochinvar has supplied a solar thermal solution to meet the high demand for hot water in Liverpool John Moores University’s new city centre Redmond Building.
- BRE demonstrates efficiency with TebisPublished: 20 December, 2012
Hager’s Tebis system has been installed in part of the overall refurbishment of the BRE Innovation Park’s, Victorian Terrace demonstration building.
- University of Greenwich cuts air handling billPublished: 20 December, 2012
The University of Greenwich is set to save £10,000 on its air handling costs across its three campuses following the installation of ABB variable-speed drives at a number of its buildings. Additional savings from further projects could cut running costs by another £4,000.
- Raychem offers a life of luxuryPublished: 20 December, 2012
A luxury holiday lodge park described as the destination of choice for the discerning holiday home owner has installed Raychem FrostGuard to ensure its guests continue to enjoy the luxury they deserve.
- Bespoke solution for medical centrePublished: 20 December, 2012
Luminaires have been designed and manufactured by Riegens Lighting specifically for use at the new Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) based in Edinburgh.
- Zero waste for Bedford CollegePublished: 05 December, 2012
MITIE has secured a three year contract at Bedford College to provide sustainable waste management and recycling services.
The waste and recycling service started on 1 September 2012 and covers the management of general waste, recycling, clinical wastes and the provision of a new food waste recycling service. The objective is to stop any waste going to landfill within three months.
- Historic development benefits from CHPPublished: 05 December, 2012
Shentongroup has won a contract from Imtech Aqua Building Services to install the newly launched Tedom Centro T100 into the impressive Kingsland Wharves housing development in London.
The Kingsland Wharves development comprises of new apartment buildings located around the historic Kingsland canal basin on the Regent’s Canal in East London. The area is a conservation zone and has been sympathetically developed to include the restoration of heritage warehouses for commercial, retail and housing use.
- Fläkt Woods plays a leading rolePublished: 05 December, 2012
Staff and pupils visiting Yarm School’s new Performing Arts Centre in North Yorkshire are benefitting from highly efficient ventilation, thanks to three eQ air handing units supplied by Fläkt Woods.
The units were installed as part of a £20m redevelopment programme to expand and update the school’s riverside campus. The centre was officially opened by Princess Alexandra in May 2012 and includes an 800 seat auditorium, separate galleried theatre, atrium, terrace, dance studio and music performance suite.
- Megaman achieves major cost savingsPublished: 05 December, 2012
New PLATEIA Luminaires from Megaman UK have played a vital role improving the visual environment of Birmingham Women’s Hospital, whilst achieving significant savings on energy and maintenance.
Birmingham Women’s Hospital, based in Edgbaston, is one of only two specialist Trusts in the UK which cares for women and their families. Following a Trust survey it was identified that the existing overall visual environment was poor and that the lighting was part of the problem. A new lighting scheme had to fit in with the Trust’s strict guidelines to reduce carbon, whilst providing a good lighting scheme that would enhance both patient and staff environments.
- Fire alarm boosts beer productionPublished: 05 December, 2012
Gent by Honeywell has supplied its innovative fire alarm and detection system to Brains Brewery’s flagship production plant in Cardiff.
The recent installation is part of the Welsh brewing giant’s original plant that will enable it to meet the beer market’s growing demand for more diverse styles of beer.
- Kershaw is top of the classPublished: 05 December, 2012
The University of Cambridge’s historic Jesus College opened its doors for the autumn term with brand new student accommodation. The 123 en-suite rooms and supporting facilities were delivered to a fast track programme of 60 weeks with £2.5m worth of full building services installed by M&E industry experts, Kershaw Mechanical Services.
- Offsite assembly keeps academy on trackPublished: 05 December, 2012
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services’ (BBES) offsite prefabrication of key mechanical and electrical (M&E) components has helped a new academy stay on track by offering build process efficiencies and reduction in waste, whilst creating a safer place to work.
- Priva BMS makes for a smart experiencePublished: 06 November, 2012
Priva Building Intelligence Ltd has supplied its control technology to the Grand Millennium Dubai, a 343-room, five star hotel complete with six restaurants, spa, Jacuzzi, gym and outdoor swimming pool. Installed by the BMS Division of Optima International LLC, the technology is helping the hotel negate the soaring cost of utilities in the United Arab Emirates.
- Guests wowed by shimmering chandelierPublished: 16 October, 2012
Stylish and urbane, The Grill at the Montcalm Hotel on London’s Park Lane is synonymous with the concept of high-end dining. But even in the most distinguished of venues, there is always space for improvement, so as part of a recent refurbishment the hotel operator commissioned a dramatic new lighting feature that is destined to make the restaurant even more attractive to its distinguished clientele.
- Hoval helps to cut emissionsPublished: 16 October, 2012
Space heating and domestic hot water at the new East Riding Community Hospital will be supplied by a combination of biomass and gas fired boilers from Hoval. This combination gives the hospital an efficient and responsive low carbon heating system that also qualifies for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
The new £19m, 30 bed community hospital in Beverley, East Yorkshire opened its doors at the end of July 2012, replacing the ageing 12 bed Westwood Hospital. It also includes a minor injuries unit and a GP out-of-hours service.
- JS Air Curtains stand proudPublished: 16 October, 2012
In response to an unusual air curtain requirement from Accor UK & Ireland, JS Air Curtains has custom-designed an independently supported Rotowind air curtain to stand above the glass revolving entrance door at the Novotel London Paddington Hotel near Paddington Station
Accor, who own and operate Novotel, just one of its market leading hotel brands, needed to install air curtains to balance the heating requirement within the main foyer at Novotel London Paddington, which sits in an exposed position with strong winds around tall buildings in the vicinity.
- Manchester Airport achieves resultsPublished: 16 October, 2012
A project to upgrade the air handling units (AHUs) at Manchester Airport with ABB low voltage drives and high efficiency motors is saving 4,000MWh per year, as well as cutting CO2 production by over 2,000 metric tons a year.
The project involved replacing drives and motors in 95 AHUs throughout the airport’s terminals 1, 2 and 3. Each AHU has a supply drive and motor and extract drive and motor, with motors ranging between 3 and 90kW.
- Raychem provides frost protectionPublished: 16 October, 2012
Sandwell College’s unusual curved roof, together with its associated guttering is protected by Raychem Frost Protections products from Tyco Thermal Controls.
Specified and installed by Interserve, one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies, Raychem’s roof and gutter de-icing products provide the best solution to help prevent ice dams, roof avalanches, and icicles.
- The energy investment hierarchyPublished: 28 September, 2012
By Ian Ellis, President of the
Building Controls Industry Association
We have money to spend, but we don't have money to waste. Most building owners and operators would agree with that view of their budgets, especially when it comes to finding ways to make their buildings more energy efficient.
- MHS Boilers is king of the castlePublished: 28 September, 2012
MHS Boilers, part of Elco Heating Solutions, has supplied Leeds Castle in Maidstone, Kent with three 85kW Thision L boilers complete with a matched cascade frame and connection set, cascade controls, Pisces pressurisation unit and a Gemini 300i high output calorifier. The installation was part of an extensive upgrade of the holiday accommodation at the well-known tourist attraction, with the boilers being fitted in the boiler house serving the Stable Courtyard bedrooms and Garden House.
- Vacon drives deliver savingsPublished: 28 September, 2012
Building Technology Systems (BTS), an independent control system expert with wide experience of energy optimisation, has selected variable speed ac drives from Vacon for use in an important energy efficiency project at one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious conference hotels – the four-star London Hilton Metropole, located on Edgware Road.
- Around the perimeterPublished: 28 September, 2012
We’re used to designing air conditioning schemes with equipment located in ceilings or floors but, particularly in other parts of Europe, other viable options are gaining in popularity. Iskender Gençer of Trox UK looks at some of the latest façade-based solutions and their pros and cons.
- Prefabrication is a successPublished: 01 August, 2012
- Work completes on transformational schoolPublished: 01 August, 2012
Construction has completed on the redevelopment of Sir John Cass and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School, Stepney Way, in East London. Commissioned by Tower Hamlets Council, designed by architects Astudio and built by Bouygues UK, the project combines new build and refurbishment to create a transformational scheme aimed to positively impact effectiveness in teaching and learning.
Built under the Building Schools for the Future programme, the new school in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets will accommodate 1495 pupils aged 14-19.
- Cool-Phase solves a problemPublished: 01 August, 2012
Monodraught’s ceiling-mounted Cool-Phase low energy cooling and ventilation system has been specified by Sheffield Hallam University to create a fresh and healthy indoor environment in a problem room on the tenth floor of the 12-storey Owen Building.
The system has dramatically reduced CO2 levels and is controlling previously excessive room temperatures well within normal comfort zones. All this while reducing energy consumption by up to 90% compared to conventional mechanical cooling systems.
- Consultants appointed for college developmentPublished: 01 August, 2012
Leeds College of Building is a step closer to creating a new world class building in the centre of Leeds after appointing two key consultants with integral roles in delivering the new 12,000sq m college site.
Design practice, Fuse, will be providing architecture and interior design services and Davis Langdon will be acting as project managers and cost consultants for the project.
- Empire State Building achieves efficiencyPublished: 01 August, 2012
One year after an innovative building retrofit project, the Empire State Building is ahead of plan and has exceeded its year one energy efficiency guarantee by 5%, saving $2.4 million (£1.5 million GBP) and establishing a commercial real estate model for reducing costs, maximising return on investment, increasing real estate value, and protecting the environment.
- CP sets the scenePublished: 01 August, 2012
A sophisticated Rapid EBR-DIN-LCM 5 lighting control system from CP Electronics has been installed during the recent restoration of HMS Victory, situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The CP system was the preferred choice of prime contractors BAE Systems Maritime Services, ION Consulting Engineer Ltd and electrical installers SSE Contracting, as it could easily be incorporated into the 18th century vessel without the cost and complexity involved in using other lighting control systems.
- The ultimate protectionPublished: 09 July, 2012
Products from Schott Glass’ innovative PYRAN S range of fire resistant glazing have been installed in an ambitious refurbishment of the Bavarian Museum of Textile and Industry in Augsburg. The result is a vivid and inspiring museum space, where the exhibits are perfectly showcased, whilst maintaining high levels of visitor safety and fire protection.
- All aboard with MHGPublished: 09 July, 2012
In parallel with major refurbishment works at London Victoria Station, MHG Heating has supplied two ProCon HTP 225kW floor standing gas condensing boilers, complete with integral plate heat exchangers and flexible flues, to Network Rail’s Kent Side offices at the station.
- Continued growth creates more new jobs at SE ControlsPublished: 09 July, 2012
Continued growth and success at international smoke and natural ventilation solutions specialist, SE Controls, has led the company to take on a further 8 new technical and customer support staff, bringing the total of new jobs created during the past year to 21.
SE Controls’ most recent appointments cover a range of roles including business development; technical sales and key account management as well as installation engineering and project management.
- Hybrid heating combines boilers and heat pumpsPublished: 09 July, 2012
MHG Heating’s Hybrid boiler/heat pump units are designed to exploit the characteristics of each of these heat sources to deliver the optimum balance of heat output and energy efficiency. Crucially, they are backed by many years’ experience of creating the best solutions for each project.
- Ridi fits the Olympic standardPublished: 09 July, 2012
Twickenham has long been the home of English rugby but this summer Olympic teams from China, Ireland, South Africa and Japan will be using the facilities at St Mary’s University College following the construction of a brand new state-of-the-art £8.5m sports centre.
The new sports centre features energy efficient lighting controls and luminaires from Ridi Lighting and is sited on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) so it must comply with stringent targets in sustainability, energy efficiency and renewables.
- Flagship college incorporates RehauPublished: 09 July, 2012
More than 3,500m of Rehau data trunking has been installed in the new £77m Sandwell College, which has recently opened in West Bromwich.
The dramatic new building, which has been constructed by Interserve, the international support services and construction group, is a flagship development within the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough, consisting of two converging wings with a wave-like roof.