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Following a £4m refurbishment, a Greater Manchester landmark has been transformed into a sustainable, energy efficient media hub following a major regeneration project which included the installation of intelligent energy controls from CP Electronics.

uGeberit and Twyford offer a one‐ stop solution for school projects.

The Grade II‐listed Ashton Old Baths sat empty for 40 years before Manchester property developer PlaceFirst and Tameside Council implemented a complete refurbishment programme, which was designed and project‐ led by Modern City Architecture and Urbanism (MCAU).

As part of the modernisation project, an

important aim was to make the building more energy efficient with the installation of presence and absence detectors from CP Electronics. To maximise cost savings, it was important to install a lighting control solution which provides a good level of coverage without being obtrusive for tenants. A combination of adjustable head, flush

mounted MWS3A microwave detectors, and compact, flush‐mounted EBDSPIR passive infrared (PIR) presence detectors were specified to deliver automatic control of lighting in the

INSTALLATION NEWS BSEE CP Electronics dives in to refurbishment of Ashton Old Baths

building. Both of these are designed to facilitate a simple plug‐in connection, making them ideal for retrofits projects such as this where there is no conventional suspended ceiling. For this particular project, the detectors were

installed using specialist wall brackets to ensure that there was minimal physical impact on the building’s structure. The three‐month installation period for these

energy controls was part of a project of work which started a new chapter for the Grade II listed baths, which were initially built to improve the living conditions of the working classes. They served the Ashton community until closure in the 1970s when they remained largely derelict and on English Heritage’s Heritage At Risk register, before this recent regeneration. For information about CP Electronics’ energy‐

saving lighting controls, visit:

Practical plumbing for 21st century schools

Upgraded from an existing 1950s’ school, the new Gwenfro school creates state-of-the-art facilities for its juniors and infants. With increased capacity (315 pupils vs 301 before the upgrade) the two-storey building, includes nursery provision, seven classrooms, a shared hall and offices. Twyford products installed include an air button dual flush concealed cistern, helping to save water and contributing to the BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. Twyford E100 round basins incorporating Sola non concussive taps were also chosen, with push button action preventing water wastage by turning off automatically – ideal for public bathrooms, and easy for children to use. Twyford’s Sola school rimless WCs (closed and open

fronted), have been installed throughout the new facilities. Rimless pans offer optimised hygiene and easier cleaning – key for high volume areas where health and safety is paramount. The open fronted models have been designed for younger children, ideal


urrey based heating and ventilation component suppliers Anglo Nordic offer the Tempero Eco Ceram, a new energy recovery

fan unit incorporating ceramic heat exchanger technology and long life ball bearing motors. This controlled mechanical ventilation product offers single or multi use operation, wireless remote and CO2 control options, easy installation and maintenance, energy saving operation, low power consumption, automatic shutter, filters and thermal efficiency of up to 90%.

Blowing hot and cold

The Tempero Eco Ceram, designed and manufactured by Italian ventilation specialists O.Erre, works by the fan bringing exhaust air across a ceramic heat exchanger and then reversing the process heating or cooling incoming air. When heating a space, the warm air is recovered by the heat exchanger and transferred to the incoming fresh air. This process also works during hotter days when the air is cool inside the property, the cool air is recovered by the heat exchanger. By extracting stale air and replacing it with

fresh air on a constant basis, it not only helps prevent the buildup of harmful pollutants and contaminants such as smoke, but inhibits moisture building up as it would in poorly ventilated environments. Air filtration and protection for the heat

exchanger is provided by two dedicated G3 filters; one for air extraction, the other for intake. The highly efficient EC brushless motor provides near silent operation. A ventilation solution such as the Tempero

Eco Ceram offers a very cost effective way of providing clean and fresh air, and minimises moisture build up compared to the expense of providing structural changes to a property to improve matters.

Available in 2 different sizes with 100mm or 160mm wall duct, the unit could be installed using the space currently occupied by a basic extract fan situated on an outside wall.

Flexible options

The unit suits residential settings such as single room applications; featuring an automatic shutter, its simple, modern design blends in with the decor. The system can be used either on its own or linked with other units to give opposite and synchronised air flows; for a more far ranging ventilation arrangement, up to 16 units can be installed in sequence. On the Active and Wireless variants, the

Tempero Eco Ceram can be supplied with remote control units and control panels. Along with basic functions such as on/off, fan speed and airflow (intake or extraction), the remotes and control panels offer automatic settings where the unit, using sensor technology, will operate as and when required, such as when humidity or with the optional wireless version when CO2 reaches certain preset levels. The main duct supplied with the product is

adjustable to fit walls of varying sizes (from 250 to 400mm), with a maximum duct length of 3m, the unit is designed to be easily dissembled for cleaning or replacing the two anti‐dust G3


filters, the heat exchanger, and for performing routine maintenance and inspection.

Impeccable credentials

O.Erre and Anglo Nordic make for a strong combination when meeting customers’ ventilation requirements; O.Erre have dedicated their business to “air movement” for over 60 years by providing various fan and ventilation options including axial and centrifugal types for residential, commercial and industrial customers. Anglo Nordic have been in business since the

late 1950s. From their base in Surrey, the company supply a full range of ventilation fans, components and accessories to residential, commercial and industrial customers along with providing heating equipment, components and solutions to manufacturers, stockists and distributors in the heating oil and gas sectors. All products are available for same‐day

despatch and accounts can be opened within the hour. For your copy of their product catalogue please email or call +44 (0) 208 979 0988 or visit: ventilation‐hvac.html

for nursery and early years’ pupils. Apart from Twyford, all plumbing (heating, hot and

potable water) comes courtesy of Geberit Mepla multi‐ layered pipe, which combines the advantages of synthetic and metallic materials. Corrosion‐resistant and light, Geberit Mepla is more inherently stable and durable than plastic pipes. “We were very keen on the idea of getting

everything from one source and we haven’t been disappointed. The quality, ease of installation, availability of the supply chain and customer support is excellent,” said John Roberts from Margden Heating, the plumbing and heating installers at Gwenfro. Providing a one‐stop solution for piping and

washrooms, Geberit and Twyford offer the ideal combination for today’s school projects where time/budget considerations, sustainability, downtime and the practicality are all high on the agenda. For more information call 01926 516800 or visit:

uCP Electronics’ intelligent controls are helping to save energy costs at the newly refurbished Ashton Old Baths in Greater Manchester.

Geberit has provided a total plumbing solution at Gwenfro Primary School in Wrexham, which has undergone a £4.9m makeover funded by the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

Advanced ventilation fans available from Anglo Nordic Ventilation using ceramic heat exchanger technology to supply tempered fresh air

Lochinvar upgrades its popular EcoKnight water heaters range

Lochinvar has revamped its popular EcoKnight range of gas‐ fired, condensing water heaters and added a number of enhanced control functions. EcoKnight water


heaters are available in eight different models with hot water outputs ranging from 709 to 3,819 litres per hour based on a temperature rise of 50°C. As circulating‐type water heaters, they provide higher hot water recovery rates than traditional storage equivalents. This makes them suitable for a very wide range of medium to large commercial projects and some industrial applications. Fast recovery hot water is

generated in the high efficiency grade 316l stainless steel heat exchanger, which also provides superior corrosion resistance. The hot water is then ‘circulated’ to a storage vessel or a series of storage vessels. It is possible to install a wide range of multiple water heater and storage vessel combinations, providing maximum design and installation flexibility. This can be particularly useful in applications that have high hot water demand, but limited plant room space. The EcoKnight range now also benefits from built‐in SMART

oiler and water heater manufacturer

System controls, which gives the user a wide variety of control options without the need for a Building Management System (BMS). This can significantly reduce the installation cost; although the water heater can be connected to a BMS if required.

The SMART System

controls provide cascade management of up to three EcoKnight water heaters as well as fully modulating pump control and a night set‐back facility, which can also be used for a pasteurisation programme. The contractor or service company can also add their details to the full LCD display. All EcoKnight water heaters

benefit from a fully modulating pre‐ mix burner with 5:1 turndown and feature advanced gas/air ratio controlled combustion technology, which automatically adjusts fan speed according to demand. Fuel consumption is, therefore, matched from 20% of load right up to full demand, which allows the water heaters to achieve seasonal efficiencies of up to 96.7% (as calculated under Part L of the Building Regulations). EcoKnight Water Heaters also

emit just 39mg/kWh of NOx, which means all models in the range qualify for the maximum three BREEAM credits available for low emissions. BUILDING SERVICES & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER JUNE 2017 31

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