Fujitsu has provided 66 compact AirstageTM J-IIs VRF systems for the iconic Hoover Building in west London.
Originally built in the 1920s as The Hoover Company’s factory and headquarters, the Grade II property has been converted into 66 apartments, which benefit from high efficiency heating and cooling with a seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) in excess of 5.81 (LOT21).
IDM chose HVAC/mechanical services company Carter Devlin (trading as Apex Technical) to manage the heating and cooling systems. The mechanical contractors were Shane Mechanical, who worked alongside Jon Oakes of Oakley M&E Design on the project. As planning restrictions limited the height of any outdoor AC products, Fujitsu’s AirstageTM J-IIs VRF units were specified, due to their compact size and flexible piping design. These outdoor units serve multiple Slim Ducts located inside each apartment. The systems were supplied by Fujitsu’s Surrey-based distributor, Ultimate Air.
Carter Devlin then installed the Fujitsu two-pipe VRF systems together with IntensisHome Wi-Fi controls, enabling residents to remotely control and monitor their air conditioning systems via their mobile devices from anywhere in the world.
Matthew Barnett, Director at Carter Devlin, said: “As this was the refurbishment of an existing listed building, flexibility was key. The demands of the client’s design team and the nature of the work required a system that could be adapted to suit fluid and changing needs.
“Working closely with Shane Mechanical, Carter Devlin Ltd created an install program that worked seamlessly with the other mechanical services on site. The ability to change the orientation of the universal ducted units supplied was vital in providing a quality product and on-site flexibility.
“On a project such as The Hoover Building, having a responsive and technically adept distributor was a major consideration when selecting equipment. We have had our best experiences with the staff at Ultimate and Fujitsu, so it was an easy decision to make and demonstrate to Shane Mechanical. We then worked with Fujitsu and Ultimate Air to overcome a number of challenges on site.”
Nick Wilks from Fujitsu added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this iconic project. The Hoover Building has been described as a national treasure – and everyone who has seen the building would agree. It has been a landmark along the Western Avenue since the 1920s, so we are very proud that we have been able to play our part in bringing the building back to life.”
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