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Ability Fan Coil Units for BREEAM ‘Excellent' Severn Trent Operations Centre


The new £60 million flagship operations centre of Severn Trent Water, built by BAM Construct UK, has recently been opened for business in St. Johns Street, Coventry. The prestigious 170,000 ft2 complex, which features air conditioning fan coil units manufactured by Ability Projects Ltd, will eventually house around 1700 staff.

Ability Projects supplied a variety of 2 pipe cooling only horizontal ceiling recessed EC-DC VE”70 and vertical EVOVERT fan coil units to the general office accommodation areas with capacities between 1.68 and 6.3kWat an NR35 operational noise environment of 35 Pascals resistance. The vertical units, installed in a number of meeting rooms, are all fitted with special rectangular spigots and some also have special split access panels for easy maintenance. EC-DC Evolution fan coils are state of the art units offering reductions in electrical input of 75% and above compared to similar capacity AC driven equivalents plus infinite speed control and minimal heat generation.

Considered to be one of the most significant commercial projects in the region, the highly energy efficient building features a range of advanced technologies including thermal adaptive cooling, biomass boilers, photovoltaic panels, solar panels, underfloor displacement ventilation and rainwater harvesting. Designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards, the centre will enable Severn Trent Water to close a number of its less carbon and cost efficient buildings. The 38 metre high unit in fact, is said to possess one of the lowest carbon footprints for any UK commercial office building. Contractors for the project were Balfour Beatty Engineering Services.

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