The latest UK Government Hub at 7-8 Wellington Place in Leeds city centre is set to become home to 6,150 civil servants from a range of departments including HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and NHS Digital. The office is fitted with air distribution products supplied by Waterloo Air Products.
The building at 7-8 Wellington Place is the latest to be completed within the 22-acre Wellington Place development that has transformed this area of Leeds into a vibrant urban quarter, offering state-of-the-art working environments alongside leisure and retail facilities. When fully completed, Wellington Place, which has been delivered by property developer and asset manager MEPC, will be the location for one in 10 jobs in central Leeds.
At the end of an unprecedented year of challenges for the building services industry, the importance of indoor air quality in the workplace has taken on added significance. Thanks to Waterloo’s extensive range of diffusers, grilles and valves, it was possible to achieve the required superior standard of air distribution throughout the 7-floor, 378,000ft2 building without compromising the desired aesthetics of the interior fittings.
Working with principal contractor Wates Group, Waterloo was chosen due to its ability to supply products that would accommodate the client’s preferred perforated ceiling tiles without any need for modification.
“Waterloo offered a professional service and brilliant support throughout the design stage of the build,” said Matt Bell, project engineer with Wates Group. “We were invited to develop the concealed grille solution at Waterloo’s integral testing facility, and they provided test reports to supplement the technical submission; this gave us confidence we were selecting the right product to meet the project requirements. Overall, the service we received was fantastic. The products were delivered on time, manufactured to a high standard and ultimately we handed over the building to a happy client.”
After proposing several solutions, Waterloo’s Lay on Ceiling Tile Diffuser (LCT20) with a plenum box mount was selected by the client as the ideal product for the application. The LCT20 has been designed specifically for mounting directly onto the back of a client-supplied 20% open area ceiling tile, using the perforations in the tile as the diffuser. For fitting, the LCT20 can be retained using double sided adhesive strip or by using edge clips. It is available in a range of sizes to suit specific flow ranges and can be duct or plenum mounted.
Another key product used for the project was the Waterloo Linear Fan Coil Diffuser (FCD) which provides continuous air distribution for fan coil or variable air volume applications. The blade profile of the FCD is specifically designed to produce throw characteristics with a high induction rate, so prompting rapid mixing and diffusion within the room air. Quick release spring clips and safety cords allow for easy removal during installation and service access.
Other products used throughout the offices, toilets and kitchen areas of 7-8 Wellington Place include Plenum Boxes, Perforated and Flush Face Swirl Diffusers, Perforated Face Grilles, Exhaust Valves and Eggcrate Grilles.
Every element of the exceptional Wellington Place development has been designed with the wellbeing of the people who use it in mind, from the wide pedestrian boulevards and green spaces to the flow of daylight throughout the offices to the opportunities for social interaction. The result is a complex of A Grade, ‘Excellent’ BREEAM-rated office space with a range of environmentally friendly features that help businesses achieve their goals of improved sustainability, a reduced carbon footprint and a happier, more productive workforce.
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