Heat recovery solution for new COVID lab


13 October 2021
Toshiba condensing units in one of the external compounds

A Toshiba VRF air conditioning system with heat recovery is providing a stable indoor environment for staff at a new NHS COVID-19 testing facility in the South West of England.

The M&E project, headed by contractor Totus, involved the transformation of a 5,000 square metre industrial warehouse into a high-tech laboratory with administration offices. Part of the UK's national testing programme, the project was completed in under 12 weeks.

The building services for the centre were designed to meet the exacting standards for performance and reliability required by the laboratory, and to ensure the project could be delivered within the timescale. The ventilation system is designed to meet the requirements of Containment 2 (CL2) laboratory classification, providing ten changes of air per hour.

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Richard Bell, director of Totus, said: "We specified Toshiba as we have worked with the company and its products before and have total confidence in the reliability and performance of the equipment. It was a double reassurance that the equipment was stocked locally, and Toshiba had specialist staff on hand to support the project."

The Toshiba SHRM-e heat recovery system provides cooling and heating for the centre's laboratories, offices and staff welfare areas. Toshiba VRF condensing units are also used in conjunction with third-party air handling units to provide high- efficiency, direct expansion capabilities, with a total heating and cooling capacity of 1.3MW.