Coolair solution fits the bill


08 January 2019
Coolair Equipment is helping fans of a new fitness craze to stay cool.

The contractor’s Cannock office provided energy efficient cooling and ventilation packages from manufacturing partner Mitsubishi Electric for the roll-out of seven Blaze Studios at David Lloyd Clubs in England, Northern Ireland and Holland.  
The boutique studios have been designed for Blaze, a new workout class that combines mixed martial arts, intense cardio and strength training synced to dance music.

The contract with Wakefield-based PDS Design & Build, worth around £160,000, involved collaborating in the design and installation of the latest comfort cooling and heat recovery ventilation technology for the studios.

Coolair installed a twin direct expansion (DX) split system incorporating four-way-blow cassettes to directly cool incoming air, along with a Lossnay unit mounted above the ceiling to extract the stale air and replace it with fresh incoming air heated by the outgoing air, in each Blaze Studio.

The project, which took three weeks per studio, was carried out within existing club facilities at Bushey (Watford), Basildon, Ipswich, Derby, Cheshire Oaks and Belfast, while Coolair’s first international assignment at The Centrum in Rotterdam required a bespoke solution.

Coolair project engineer Ben Snookes said: “The Rotterdam site was challenging not only logistically in terms of shipping materials, manpower and access equipment over there at a budget, but also because the job involved working in a nine-storey listed building. The studio was being built on the fourth floor and there was no external space for plant, so we came up with the answer of modifying the existing ventilation plant for fresh air requirements.”

PDS Design & Build project manager Rob Williams said: “It has been a pleasure working alongside Coolair on this programme. Together we have handed over all the individual projects well and on time with minimal disruption to the clubs and their members, which was a major factor for the client.”
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