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Space Air gets top marks at Ashridge College

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The management of the Ashridge Management College in Berkhamsted looked to their own mission statement when considering the heating requirements of a Grade 1 Listed 12th Century barn that they were converting into a cyber café and office space. ‘Applying Leading Edge Thinking’ resulted in the application of leading edge technology in the form of Daikin VRV heat pump air conditioning supplied by Space Air.

Tax savings

“Although in this case study? said Space Air, “eligibility for the Government’s Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme was not a major factor in the purchasing decision. The exceptional energy efficiency of the Daikin VRV inverter controlled heat pump system in both heating and cooling modes, acknowledged by its inclusion in the Carbon Trust’s Energy Technologies list, more than justifies the client’s choice and satisfies the environmental requirements. Commenting on the successful project, facilities manager, Mike Blackborough said, “The barn has been restored and adapted to provide a building of historic interest while meeting the modern day demands of a high profile management college. Being Grade 1 Listed, the conversion was subject to stringent local planning laws and came under the close scrutiny of the English Heritage. The ability to combine both the heating and cooling requirements in one, energy efficient system was considered to be a major advantage in the design process. One of the oldest buildings on the site, it was critical that the system chosen would be aesthetically sympathetic and cause minimal disruption to the fabric of the building, while meeting our environmental and operational requirements. “With the wealth of exposed original timbers, Wall and ceiling mounted fan coil units would not have been in keeping and so we opted for an under floor system, fortunately heat pump systems offer considerable flexibility in application.?Briggs and Forrester of Northampton carried out the installation and project manager Conty O’Sullivan explained that with the many exposed original timbers and restricted space for external plant it was decided that the Daikin VRV heat pump system was the easiest to install and could be incorporated very successfully.

Design support

Mr O’Sullivan said, “The Daikin distributor, Space Air, provides, through its local branches, design support, quality sales and technical service backed up by good stocking levels and product information. Additionally we were confident in the proven reliability and efficiency of the R407C VRV heat pump system and therefore had no hesitation in recommending it for installation in this valued client’s premises. The long pipe runs possible with the VRV system meant that the condensing units could be positioned totally out of sight on a remote roof. The system is also suitable for extension at a later date for the Phase 2 refurbishment as well as giving individual control for cellular offices? Mr Blackborough, for Ashridge Management, concluded, “The end result has been outstanding and the building is now considered as the flagship of the college. The project has also won 3 awards; two for architectural merit and the other was a commendation for trademanship, by the Hertfordshire Association of Architects.?
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