Grilles and diusers from Waterloo Air Products have been used to help a luxury London apartment development stand out from the crowd and a new Waterloo venlaon system is enhancing the learning environment at a top London university


Grilles and diffusers help luxury London apartments see the light

he Riverlight development occupies a prime central London location, directly fronting the River Thames and comprising a group of six pavilions ranging from 12 to 20 stories in height. The apartments feature floor-to-ceiling glazing, stunning views and luxury resident facilities, including a swimming pool and cinema. As part of the multi-million pound project, air distribution products were supplied by expert manufacturer, Waterloo Air Products. Each building featured bespoke glazing and inverted balconies to increase daylight and maximise views of the river. To create the perfect living environment for new owners, Waterloo’s air terminal devices were fitted


new cooling and ventilation system has been installed at a world-class London university – thanks to Waterloo. The major project to address climate control in the Central Library at


Imperial College London started in 2017. Air distribution products were supplied by expert manufacturer, Waterloo Air Products, as part of the four-floor refurbishment.

Due to the number of people in the library and the need for an energy efficient scheme, Jacobs was

appointed as designers on behalf of Imperial College London. As part of the planning process, specialists from Waterloo were invited to discuss the project, which included the installation of an active chilled beam. In the early stages, architects chose not to have a false ceiling in the new library, but designers still had to create the right aesthetics. In Waterloo’s factory in Kent, in-house specialists demonstrated in the test lab how the active chilled beam, designed to cool large buildings, would work on site. To cope with fluctuating levels of occupancy,

inside five of the six buildings. Waterloo delivered aesthetically-pleasing linear bar grilles which are integrated at a high level in every room. The APM plasterline grille was chosen so that the surrounding frame could be plastered into the wall with only the central core visible. Special clip fixings were developed so that the frame could be installed first. After the room was decorated, the core was then fitted.

Diffusers were fed via thermally-lined plenums which were sized to give good throw patterns at various fan coil air volumes. Before the installation of any products, Waterloo created working mock-ups in the test lab to ensure perfect air performance and specified noise levels could be achieved.

Waterloo’s variable ventilation controllers deliver the exact amount of air flow to enhance the luxurious feel of each of the residential and retail blocks. Once phase one was completed, the same format was created through to the other blocks. Over the course of several months, hundreds of apartments were installed with a state-of-the-art air distribution system. As well as this, other onsite facilities, which included restaurants, a gym and virtual golf, all needed specialist air distribution. Maximising space and ensuring each grille was finished to a high specification was of paramount importance to Waterloo. Consideration had to be given to each of the separate apartment blocks and, in a bid to minimise disruption, work was carried out in

organised phases. Waterloo staggered manufacture and delivery to the London site to facilitate the needs of the developer. Speaking about the project, Andrew Mildon, sales office manager at Air Systems (SW), says he enjoyed being involved. He states: “This project was really exciting. Our aim was to deliver excellent air conditioning and air distribution throughout each apartment. When one block was complete, we literally moved on to the next.” From initial design stages, developers were keen to create something truly unique within this area of London. Considering the central location, it was paramount to conjure up a unique flagship development. And it seems buyers could not wait to invest. ‘Cool’ new ventilation system enhances students’ experience at London learning hub

Waterloo recommended a VAV system. Variable air volume boxes feed the active air side of the beams so that the air can vary to suit the load requirements and the occupancy levels. To create a feature of the installation, the active beam plenum boxes and interconnecting ductwork were supplied in matt black. And because the units were being installed in a working library, a very low noise level of NR30 had to be achieved.

Andrew Mildon, sales office manager, at Air Systems (SW), says: “The installation and performance has

proven to be a great success at the Central Library at Imperial College London. The library is now nearly fully occupied following the project.” As part of the extensive refit, new furniture and PCs were installed, three new study rooms were created, and power was supplied to all desks.

For more than 50 years, Imperial’s Central Library had welcomed generations of students through its doors. It opened in 1969 as the college’s principal repository for scientific knowledge and receives over 1.5m visits every year.

Designers believe the recently finished refit has enhanced the world-class learning resource for decades to come. It has provided an improved learning

environment for every student. London’s Imperial College, which is a one-of-a-kind institution in the UK, was founded in 1907 and spreads across nine campuses.

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