Passivent makes the grade at historic hall


08 November 2023
The Cloisters Bar at Matfen Hall

Ventilation solutions manufacturer Passivent has helped breathe new life into the Grade II listed Matfen Hall in Northumberland following an extensive refurbishment programme.
Designed by Doonan Architects, the refurbishment of the gothic hall, which dates back to 1832, has enhanced the hotel and wedding venue.

Passivent worked with building environment and services engineers Skelly & Couch to develop a natural ventilation strategy for the newly covered external courtyards. This led to the use of high performance Aircool wall ventilators beneath the rooflight in order to maintain a fresh air supply to the enclosed area. 

In total, 10 Aircool wall ventilators were installed by Passivent’s client, J P Westhall, in the lower courtyard, with seven in the upper courtyard. Passivent also supplied a two-zone iC8000 intelligent controller which monitors the internal and external temperature and carbon dioxide level to allow the facilities team to control the natural ventilation system. 

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Rosie Jones, associate at Skelly & Couch, said: “On such a complex restoration project as this, it was essential that we not only identified the right product but found the right supply chain partner. The Passivent team was extremely efficient and provided us with all the product information we needed in a range of formats so we could advance the technical design of the ventilation strategy effectively. The team’s contribution ensured the specification process went smoothly and we would certainly look to use Passivent ventilation products again in the future.”
Nathan White, General Manager at Matfen Hall, added: “We are delighted with the work that has taken place here at the hall. The refurbishment not only enhances the natural beauty of the hotel but will provide us with much more flexibility for events taking place all year round. The covered courtyard has become a real focal point and both the rooflight and the natural ventilation system that are now in place will ensure this stunning outdoor space can be enjoyed to the full for many more years to come.”