Back to the future with Elta Fans

Elta Fans have been chosen by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London to create a ventilation system for its new Ceramics Galleries which would combine modern technology with un-obtrusive design.

As part of the V&A’s FuturePlan scheme, the Museum’s world renowned ceramics collection is being completely re-displayed in redesigned galleries using Elta Fans, supplied by UK distributors SK Sales. Seven of the galleries are now open and a second phase of four further galleries open in June 2010. In the course of FuturePlan the V&A has taken an innovative approach to using sustainable low energy solutions in the new galleries to achieve the highest possible quality environment for both visitors and the treasures on display.

The ventilation system was designed by consulting engineers, Norman Disney Young, the concept being to reinstate the original Victorian ventilation system when the galleries were first built, with the assistance of fans.

JSMS contractors specified using Elta Fan’s SCPP Axial Flow fan units to answer the design brief. Phase 1 of the refurbishment saw six such units fitted. Phase 2, which is still under construction, has so far seen a further six SCPP units installed. 

The ceramics galleries house a collection ranging from the earliest Chinese pottery to contemporary ceramic art. The collection is unrivalled anywhere in the world and the refurbishment of the galleries aims to create the world’s leading centre for the study and appreciation of ceramics presented in state-of-the-art, beautiful displays. 

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