Controlling conditions in space
Comfort conditions for visitors to the new Time and Space project at the Royal Observatory, part of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich will be controlled by Oventrop valves chosen by Inviron, the M&E contractors for the project.
Working in conjunction with Gardiner & Theobald, construction managers for the £15m development, Inviron installed heating and chilled water systems comprising radiators and fan coil units in the refurbished 250-year old, listed South Building and the newly constructed Peter Harrison Planetarium.
Included in Oventrop’s supply were TRVs, double regulating and isolating valves and commissioning sets which are variously used on the radiator, fan coil and air handling unit systems in both buildings. There are two plant rooms, one in the South Building which has been refurbished and houses new boilers and ancillaries. The second is a new construction within the Planetarium for the chillers and air handling units.
The completely refurbished South Building, previously a Victorian observatory building, houses the Weller Astronomy Galleries and Lloyds Register Education Centre for children and adults. The new 120-seat planetarium will use the latest technologically advanced digital solutions to enable visitors to explore space. The building itself takes the form of a bronze clad, inclined, truncated cone shape tilted to 51.5 degrees, the latitude of London, and pointing to the Pole Star. It provides an iconic addition to the Greenwich landscape.