A case study for the installation of an office air conditioning system within a 17th-century listed building where external condenser boxes could not be used.
When the Sequel Group, (a publishing company based within one of 40 designated conservation areas within the borough of Islington), wanted to air condition their offices, they had to find a solution that was permitted for use within their grade 2 listed office building.
Cool You UK successfully air condition the offices of the Sequel Group in Islington London, situated in a grade 2 listed building
Cool You UK was able to offer a practical solution that met their listed building criteria – namely no outside condenser boxes. Like many similar commercial and domestic properties in London that we have installed our air conditioning systems within, our water cooled air conditioning units were ideal because everything is contained within the building and does not require any holes in external walls.
Wall Mounted Room Units
For the first phase of this project, we air conditioned the two upper floor open plan offices in the building. Within the top floor we installed two .8kw wall mounted room units and in the design studio on the floor below, one 7kw wall mounted room unit.
Water Cooled Internal Condenser Unit with no outside box.
Fortunately, this building had an easily accessible loft that allowed us to house the three water condenser units out of sight, allowing our Engineering Director to design a suitable installation solution that allowed easy access for future maintenance and our electricians and plumbers were able to bring the necessary services to this area with minimal disruption to the client.
Overall the installation of the first phase took 5 days. Our team worked around the client’s staff and their production was not disrupted. In fact, the Sequel Group Managing and Financial Directors made a specific point about this after the project was completed. “Considering what Cool You were doing within our grade 2 listed building, with its thick walls, there was little noise or mess whilst they were with us. The quality of work was excellent and we were able to get on with our day to day activities with little or no interruption. Thank you for an excellent job.”
The second phase to air condition the ground floor and basement will take place later in the year.
For this project we installed:
Top Floor: 4 x .8kw wall mounted room units
Design Studio: 1 x 7kw wall mounted room unit
1 x 7kw water condensing unit
2 x 3.85kw water condensing units
This is one of a number of commercial air conditioning projects that we have undertaken recently within grade 2 listed buildings in London. For more information on these projects, click on any of the links below:
- Augustus Harris a restaurant on Catherine Street, the City of Westminster within the Covent Garden Conservation Area
- Bio By Redhair, a salon within a conservation area in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
- Catherine Deane Office / Showroom at Metropolitan Wharf, Wapping Wall, London, a grade 2 listed building
- A Subway Branch within a listed building close to London’s Leicester Square
- A photographic library and office within a listed building on Domingo Place, Islington, London
For advice on air conditioning your office please contact Julian Peyser, owner of Cool You UK on 01789 868 149