New arts centre, new BMS

Priva Building Intelligence is providing environmental management at a new prestigious arts centre on the Stornoway sea front. The An Lanntair arts centre is the result of a £3.06 million grant from the Scottish Arts Council’s National Lottery award and is the largest arts development in the Highlands & Islands for some three decades. A Priva building management system (BMS) was installed by system specialists, Campbell Control Services, under contract to Paisley based H&V engineers, Taylor & Fraser Ltd.

The Centre houses a full gallery, flexible performance space, educational workshop, community room, offices, shop, bar, and café/restaurant. The 239 seat auditorium can be opened out to incorporate other areas thereby greatly expanding the range and type of activities that can be accommodated to include theatre, music, dance, and cinema.

Air handling units (AHU) serve the auditorium and art gallery. The gallery AHU manages the heating, cooling and humidity levels, dependent on the needs of the exhibits, and has been fitted with a high level of filtration to protect works of art against possible incoming pollution, such as pollen from the local flora. An independently controlled split air conditioner has been installed in the theatre control room to counteract the high temperatures generated by the electronic equipment that manages the stage lighting and audio equipment.

Communications between the island and the mainland is via the BMS remote connection. Douglas Blair, Principal Engineer Building Services for Jacobs Babtie, explains why remote dial-up was important for the project. “We have been responsible for a number of projects in the Western Isles and find remote connection offers a practical solution to managing all stages of the BMS from installation through to commissioning and on-going operation. Moving around the Western Isles can be expensive in terms of travel costs and the engineer’s time. Being able to interrogate a system from our office often precludes the need to physically be on site as adjustments can be made online.”

The BMS design requirement also called for multiple PC connections using the Centre’s in-house data communications network. The Priva Compri HX controllers are ideally suited for this type of application; a feature of the HX range is that it was designed from the outset to support TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) as standard.

Campbell Control Services was responsible for the system design and has built the BMS around a PRIVA HX3 and two HX4 controllers. “The Centre was keen to keep its capital costs to a minimum and the early design did not incorporate graphics,” explained Alistair Campbell of Campbell Control Services. “We were able to introduce the building controls graphics package at no extra cost due to the reverse engineering of the PRIVA graphics, which comes as standard with its Compri HX controllers.”

Ongoing operational costs will be managed by a series of standard energy management programs such as optimum start/stop, reducing the boiler runtimes serving the corridor radiators by applying the weather compensation program, and correctly managing the underfloor heating system that serves the large scenery store.

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