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Manchester College

Restrospective Installation of a large VRV Air Conditioning System to college area, Manchester

Manchester College group have many different campus’s for which Austin Broady Air Conditioning and Ventilation have carried out a number of projects. The most recent project was at the Northenden Campus in South Manchester. This is a large site that offers an extensive range of both vocational and academic courses.

Staff and students were experiencing high temperatures in several key areas. There was an existing ventilation system in place but this did not provide comfortable working conditions. Students were becoming too hot during classes and found concentration difficult.

Austin Broady Air Conditioning and Ventilation were asked to design and install a system with these key issues in mind:

• The budget was limited
• A large number of different types of rooms needed cooling
• The solution needed to be installed quickly
• Minimum disruption to classes was essential

A design was produced in conjunction with the Facilities Manager and college lecturers to ensure that all needs were met. The design led to the supply and installation of a simultaneous heat recovery VRV system with varying types of indoor units. These units varied in both appearance and performance. Some were controlled individually and others via a master control. Some had additional ventilation and design adjustments.

Coupled with these works Austin Broady Air Conditioning and Ventilation also carried out the supply and installation of split type air conditioning systems.

The system was installed within 4 weeks during out of hours works to minimise disruption. The installation was made within the budget set and the design criteria was met.

The design of the system and the application of different cooling technologies met with all the college’s basic requirements.

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