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Balancing the temperature in the jungle

A ventilation solution from Gilberts of Blackpool is helping the hit The ITV television show, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here break new ground, with the opening of “the ultimate jungle encounter” indoor entertainment attraction.


The attraction sees the creation of Main Camp, the Throne and Winners Bridge in a 2,500m2venue complete with climbing walls, zip wires and tree top trails in MediaCityUK, Manchester. Kimpton Energy Solutions was charged with designing and installing the mechanical building services for the back of house areas, utilising existing air handling plant on the roof.

Kimpton challenged Gilberts Blackpool to develop the means to ensure adequate fresh air into the enclosed areas, and exhaust of used air- a means that did not intrude upon or protrude through walls and ceilings full of graphics to replicate the jungle scenario in party rooms, and beyond into WCs and changing facilities.

Gilberts’ solution was to utilise its GSF omni-directional swirl diffuser with coanda plates to induct high volumes of air into the areas without draughts nor cold ‘dumping’. Gilberts’ GSXE exposed circular perforated diffusers provided extraction.

Jason Laugharne, Gilberts sales manager for the project explained: “The aim was to ensure adequate supply and extract of air for potentially large numbers of people, who have been active and therefore generating higher levels of heat and moisture. However, we had to address low ceiling heights, which reduced interior capacity for sufficient entrainment of air.

“By utilising our circular swirl diffusers combined with coanda plates, we were able to optimise airflow across the ceiling and so minimise the risk of visitors feeling the effects of draughts or cold ‘dumping’ whilst delivering the high air volumes needed.”

Peter Haresnape, Kimpton project manager added: “It was a complex project, having to fit ductwork through constrained, congested areas and create a building services solution that delivered without impacting on the interior design and graphics. I knew I could rely on Gilberts to deliver good products and good technical support, to work with us to overcome on-site vagaries and limitations.”

I’m a Celebrity… Jungle Challengejoins Gilberts’ portfolio of ventilation solutions for unusual scenarios, including a security services’ shooting range, the Rainforest at Chester Zoo, Royal Albert Hall auditorium and Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum.

26 July 2021


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