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Space Air & Adcock Revamp Water Giant's HQ


Significant growth, fuelled by a key acquisition, has triggered a major upgrade of the UK headquarters, in Redhill, Surrey, of global engineering, consulting and construction company Black & Veatch.

Space Airconditioning plc, the Guildford based Daikin distributor and Chelmsford-based climate control specialist Adcock Group have played key roles in a sensitive refurbishment project, that allows B&V to integrate staff into functional and project teams, following the acquisition of MJ Gleeson’s water business, and improve the overall physical environment in the office.

On time – on budget

Space Air – the largest of Daikin’s European network of independent distributors – and the Adcock Group, which handles air conditioning, refrigeration and other climate control contracts for a number of internationally renowned clients, both completed their elements of this strategically important project on time and within budget to pave the way for a smooth transition for Black & Veatch.

Daikin Heat Recovery VRV – an intelligent choice

Design Consultants WPPM uniquely specified Space Air to supply Daikin VRV Heat Recovery Heat Pump Systems for the project, the principal component of new services installed by Adcock. Adcock director, Nigel Claydon, said: “Prior to our total refurbishment project the building had experienced high temperatures during the summer. We removed a radiator heating system and boilers and installed Daikin VRV systems, which comprised 16 outdoor units and 192 ceiling void, ducted fan coil units. We also installed a roof mounted air handling unit and distribution ductwork to each floor and a dedicated fresh air system serving the conference rooms.

The whole building services installation is controlled by Daikin’s “Intelligent Manager” centralised controller incorporating web access and power proportional distribution, which interfaces with all the plant installed, this was also supplied and commissioned by Space Air.”

Nigel Claydon continued: “The contract took 29 weeks, covered 5,000 sqm over four floors and was completed on a floor-by-floor basis. It was a time-sensitive programme but we demonstrated that the project could be completed on time and within budget.”

Quality of environment reflects quality of staff

Globally Black & Veatch has more than 8,000 professionals in 100 offices worldwide. The business delivers projects that improve the quality of peoples’ lives: ensuring clean drinking water in ample supply, dependable flood prevention, conveyance, treatment and safe reuse of wastewater – and much more. An estimated 20% of the world’s population served by community systems drinks water through systems designed, constructed or supported by Black & Veatch.

Malcolm Hallsworth, Communications Manager for Black & Veatch Water Europe, said: “Our people are vital to the continuing success of the business and the Grosvenor House refurbishment provides a quality of environment that reflects the quality of the workforce.”

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