A case study for the installation of air conditioning without an outside condenser box, within a grade II, listed commercial building
Cool You UK has recently completed the installation of a water-cooled ducted air conditioning system within the London showroom of fashion designer, Catherine Deane.
The showroom, based on the upper floors of the iconic Grade II Listed Victorian riverside warehouse building, Metropolitan Wharf, was unsuitable for a conventional air conditioning system because of the restrictions brought about by its listed building status.
With listed buildings, the only air conditioning solution available is a water-cooled air conditioning system, where everything is contained within the building and does not require an outside condenser box or any holes drilling through the buildings external walls.
A Ducted Water Cooled Air Conditioning Solution – The Only Way To Air Condition This Grade II Listed Office / Showroom
Within Catherine Deane’s London offices, the showroom is an internal glass-walled room with a changing room that has minimal ventilation. Cool You were approached by the client who was getting frustrated in their search for an air conditioning solution for this area that would economically cool the showroom during the summer, but also heat it in the winter (as a listed building, all traditional air conditioning solutions were not permitted). Not only was the showroom within the centre of the building and therefore did not have external windows, the client also requested that the equipment was hidden away as much as possible.
During the site survey, the Cool You team quickly established that the ideal solution was for a 3.8kw Ducted Internal Water Cooled Air Conditioning system. The condenser box was installed in the kitchen area about 6 meters from the showroom. This had the benefit of having a power and water supply that was out of sight. The ducted pipework was hidden in the ceiling void and the ventilation ducts were positioned above the changing room door.
Cool You UK worked closely with the clients interior contractors and delivered a solution that met all the client’s specifications. Discussing the project, Julian commented, “ when we were approached by the client, it was obvious that they had been passed from pillar to post by numerous air conditioning companies. It soon became obvious that our water-cooled air conditioning solution was the only way the client was going to achieve what they wanted. Although it was quite a tricky installation, by using the ducted system, we were able to deliver an elegant solution to our client’s needs.
From the client’s view, Catherine Deane simply stated, “It’s cool, we are happy, thank you!” and from a colleague Lyzz, a Bride Consultant, who discussed the benefits of their new water-cooled air conditioning system, “ I have been in appointments this morning and it is making a huge difference to the comfort of both myself and the brides!”
For this project we installed
Showroom and Changing Room:
1 x ducted air conditioning unit
1 x 3.85kw water condensing unit
For more information about how Cool You UK’s water cooled air conditioning solutions can help improve the environment and air quality within your Grade II Listed Commercial Building, please call Julian Peyser on 01789 868 149 or click here to go to our water cooled air conditioning page.