One of Plymouth’s most recognisable buildings has been given a new lease of life with help from Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning.
The Ship was built in 1993 and formerly housed local newspapers The Herald and Western Morning News. But it has been empty since 2013 and faced the threat of demolition until Burrington Estates bought the building.
When the new owners wanted to refurbish and upgrade the derelict office within weeks instead of months, they needed a team of installers able to hit the ground running, and a flexible heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that would still deliver the energy savings needed.
“When we first decided to buy The Ship we knew that the existing HVAC system was just inadequate and the whole system would need upgrading,” said Rob Monroe, managing director of Burrington Estates.
“We would normally expect the timescale for completion of a job like this to be three or four months and we were given 10 weeks,” said Kurt Hedgley, managing director, JCW Energy Services Ltd. “Not only this, the client needed us on site just seven days from the date of receiving the purchase order.
“We worked within our partnership agreement with Mitsubishi Electric who provided us with innovative support to ensure the most suitable system that could be designed, installed and commissioned within the tight deadline specified.”
For the first phase of the project, 12 City Multi Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) outdoor condensing units and four Mr Slim split air conditioning systems were installed to serve 89 individual ceiling units.
City Multi was chosen as it could be installed in a modular fashion providing JCW engineers with the flexibility needed to work around the other elements of the refurbishment.
“We chose this VRF system because of its high performance and that fact that it only uses two pipes rather than the usual three which was ideal in a job with such tight deadlines,” added Hedgley. “It also comes with intelligent controls that make it easier to interface with the Building Management System.”
As a Business Solutions Partner with the manufacturer, JCW is also able to offer a seven-year warranty on the equipment.