BRITISH ENGINEERING HELPS MAINTAIN COOL AT MEDIA VILLAGE
The £80million redevelopment of the former BBC White City site is keeping its cool with Northern engineering expertise.
Gilberts Blackpool has completed the installation of new louvres to all four sides of the BBC Media Village site’s dedicated Energy Centre, to ensure the eight chillers on the roof now have adequate air circulation.
The 7,700m2 Energy Centre provides power, heating, cooling and other services to the entire 17acres Media Village site. The majority of the chillers- installed in 2009- needed premature replacement, as an existing, rendered blockwork wall was restricting the passage of air. The solution to the restricted ventilation issue has been to remove large sections of the wall, and replace with banks of Gilberts’ Series 27 acoustic weather louvres secured and supported on a steel framework.
Main contractor Wates Smartspace used the Gilberts’ louvres to create four steel screens around the facades, approx 270mm deep, with sizes varying up to 3.6m high x 24m long, and totalling 247m2.
“Architecturally, the louvres were to look as continuous as possible, despite flashing around the existing wind post and closing off areas adjoining the structure,” explains Gilberts’ John Hanger. “Our Series 27 was, we felt, the most appropriate solution, balancing sufficient ventilation to the chillers to help prolong their life and their operating efficiency, with sound attenuation protection to the adjacent areas.”
Gilberts’ Series 27 louvres are part of the company’s comprehensive range of acoustic weather louvres that directly interface into steel frameworks or into the building facade. The louvres provide accurate noise emission control, with up to 19dB sound transmission loss.
Gilberts’ air movement solutions incorporate grilles, louvres, and diffusers for natural, hybrid and mechanical ventilation. Founded 55 years ago, Gilberts Blackpool is Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist, and is unique in its ability to develop components- be it ‘mainstream’ or bespoke- entirely in-house, from initial design through tooling, production, testing and supply, at its 85,000 ft2 manufacturing facility. Its state of the art test centre, designed and built in-house, is one of the most technically advanced in the country.