Four XL Series boilers from ATAG Commercial have been installed as part of an extensive refurbishment of the Botanic Gardens Tropical Ravine, in Belfast.

The Botanic Gardens Tropical Ravine is a listed building in the heart of Belfast. Three ATAG Commercial XL140 and one XL70 were fitted in cascade at the venue, which is home to tropical and native plants. The new boilers were installed in June 2017, with the entire refurbishment being completed and opened in May 2018. The Tropical Ravine management was aware the heating system had become old and inefficient, so contacted Belfast-based Hanna Mechanical Services to investigate a means of improving the situation.

The company carried out works to a newly formed plantroom, which included a network of stainless steel pipework supplying low water temperatures to emitters in a hypocaust to achieve the tropical environmental conditions required. Rain water harvesting equipment was also installed, in order to recirculate water to the internal plumbing for ponds and the venue’s ‘mist system’. When it came to selecting the gas boilers at the

heart of the application, they turned to ATAG Commercial and the XL Series.

Glenn Coburn, Contracts Manager at Hanna Mechanical Services, said: “We’ve used ATAG Commercial’s boilers on many previous projects, due to their great build standards and high quality cascade capabilities. Installing them at the Tropical Ravine should not only prove more economical in terms of lower fuel bills, but should also result in significant energy savings when compared to the previous boiler plant.”

The XL Series is part of ATAG Commercial’s highly efficient range of gas-fired boilers, boasting impressive performance, high quality and reliable engineering, plus flexible cascade arrangements. XL boilers come in outputs of 60kW, 95kW and 120kW, with all models achieving best in class NOx emissions less than 30mg/kWh – offering maximum BREEAM points. Vulcathene Chemical Drainage aids health research

The Quadram Institute will bring together scientists, clinical researchers and a healthcare clinic under one roof to develop solutions to worldwide challenges in human health, food and disease.

uVulcathene Chemical Drainage pipework from Durapipe UK has been installed throughout The Quadram Instute.

Integrating research teams from the former Institute of Food Research (now Quadram Institute Bioscience), the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s gastrointestinal endoscopy facility, the Quadram Institute will accommodate 300 research scientists and 100 clinicians. Working alongside main contractor, Wates Construction, SES Engineering Services (SES) was responsible for the installation and commissioning of MEP services across the project.

At 13,900 sq m, the new facility will house more than 20 laboratories so a reliable pipework system was required for chemical drainage.

SES tasked sub-contractors, Gowing and Hunt, with installing the Vulcathene Chemical Drainage pipework system from Durapipe UK.

Vulcathene Enfusion pipe and fittings, in sizes from 38-

102mm, has been installed across two floors to transport chemical waste from the fume cupboards and sinks to the drainage stacks before being disposed of off site. Nick Reeve, from Gowing and Hunt said: “There was a large amount of Vulcathene pipe and fittings to be installed on this project and the support we received from Durapipe was excellent. The technical team came down to site and demonstrated the product jointing with our installers to ensure the installation went as smoothly and quickly as possible.” Vulcathene has a proven pedigree over many decades in dealing with all manner of chemical waste from laboratories across the world.

Available in sizes from 38mm – 152mm, Vulcathene is a purpose designed chemical drainage system available in two easy jointing methods; Mechanical for demountable joints and Enfusion for welded joints, offering complete flexibility for designers and installers. For more information call 01543 279909 or visit:

Expansion has led to one soluons provider demonstrang its convicon in its supply chain.

Gilberts’ swirl diusers a breath of fresh air for Kimpton’s

Kimpton Energy Solutions, in Bromborough on the Wirral, has almost doubled its HQ to accommodate growth, and enable its operations to be in one place. It has turned to one of its major suppliers, Gilberts Blackpool, to ensure that the new offices deliver a good working environment.

As part of the refurbishment of the unit adjacent to Kimpton’s headquarters, which houses Kimpton’s service & maintenance, air conditioning, and health & safety departments, a number of Gilberts GSFA swirl diffusers have been incorporated into the exposed ceiling. Kimpton’s Andy Morgan said: “We wanted an industrial look to the new offices; professional-looking, exposed building services also serve as an unobtrusive reminder of our business! We have an established relationship with Gilberts – it is a major supplier to us. So we chose to demonstrate our conviction in Gilberts’ quality and use its ventilators in our own offices.” Gilberts’ patented GSF series of fixed swirl diffusers provide omni-directional, swirling horizontal discharge of high air volumes across the ceiling, to deliver rapid

intermixing and maintain good internal air quality. Added Andy: “The circular profile of the GSFA lends itself well to exposed ceilings, creating an aesthetic synergy with ductwork.”

The GSF diffusers are just part of Gilberts’ range of ventilation diffusers, louvres and grilles designed to deliver discreet solutions for transfer of air- via mechanical or natural means- into and through a building.

Founded 55 years ago, Gilberts has become Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist, with a range of stand-alone natural ventilation solutions, complemented by air movement components for mechanically-operated systems.

Gilberts develops all its products in-house, from design, through tooling to production, in its 90,000sq ft Blackpool manufacturing facility. The company also has in-house, advanced test facilities.

For more information call 01253 766911 or email:

uGilberts GSFA swirl diusers have been installed at Kimpton Energy Soluons in Bromborough.

A £64m project to construct a new stateoftheart food and health research facility on Norwich Research Park has ulised Vulcathene Chemical Drainage extensively throughout the laboratories in the new centre.

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uFour XL Series boilers from ATAG Commercial have been installed at Botanic Gardens Tropical Ravine, Belfast.

DunhamBush fan convectors for the jewel in Middlesbrough’s crown

The challenge for Leon Atkins of DTA Consulting Engineers was to design a heating system for Middlesbrough Town Hall’s main hall that would deliver the most ecological and efficient heating and a comfortable environment for users. The hall can hold up to 1420 people. Its variable occupancy meant that it needed a heat emitter that would respond quickly to changing heating demands.

uThe impressive Main Hall, stage level, at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Dunham-Bush Series BM7 reverse air flow chassis fan convectors with high output, low water content WA3 coils were selected as the most appropriate product to meet the requirements at stage level in the main concert hall. The new fan convectors were installed into existing wall recess voids, as the building’s listed status meant that the aesthetic appearance of the building could not be altered. On completion the inlet and discharge grilles were the only evidence of the heating emitters’ presence. During the restoration parts of the building that


were previously inaccessible to the public were opened up, including the Victorian courtroom, cells and fire station. The carriage driveway, with its original glass roof, has become the main box office and circulation area. A new café, bar and community area have also been provided. In addition to the main hall, the refurbished Crypt function room can hold up to 520 people. Over the years the venue has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, ranging from David Bowie to Peter Kay and Sir Edward Elgar to Oasis.

Middlesbrough Council’s Project Manager was Michael Canavan, architects were Atkins Global and the main contractors were Kier Construction. The heating installation was by Integral Newcastle. The project was funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council and Middlesbrough Council.


Middlesbrough Town Hall has recently undergone a major £7.7m restoraon, transforming it into a modern cultural venue and important heritage asset, featuring DunhamBush fan convectors.

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