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Ventilation design strikes the right balance between new and old

A range of diffusers and grilles from leading manufacturer of air management solutions, Waterloo Air Products, has helped Peterborough City Council create a modern workplace in a development that has combined the restoration and change of use of a redundant rail shed with a new build extension. In doing so, the company has demonstrated how its innovative products can blend into both new and old environments, whilst ensuring optimum performance.

Pic courtesy of Bowmer & Kirkland

Set to transform the riverfront south of Peterborough city centre, the Fletton Quay development features commercial offices, residential, hotel, leisure and retail offerings, a gin distillery, and restaurants. An unused site for more than 30 years, the development’s anchor tenant is the city council which is occupying a transformed Grade-II listed Victorian rail shed and an adjacent three-storey new building.

As part of the building services fit out, Waterloo worked with Derry Building Services on the ventilation design to ensure the specification met both buildings’ aesthetic requirements whilst ensuring efficient airflow and a comfortable environment throughout the interiors.

A distinctive feature of the old rail shed is the exposed beams and brickwork which were retained in the remodelled design to create a stripped-down industrial look. This necessitated a ventilation system that would complement the period styling and saw the integration of Waterloo’s MC Small Format Circular Diffusers.

Commenting on the specification, Andy Wardle, sales director of Waterloo Air Products said: “Within the remodelled and converted rail shed, our MC Small Format Circular Diffusers were left exposed and fitted at the end of the twin-wall pre-insulated galvanised ductwork, level with the old beams. They are a fundamental part of this listed building’s new interior and chosen to provide both long term performance as well as complementing the impressive interior.”

Waterloo also supplied Airline Linear Grilles and Linear Slot Diffusers to satisfy both the air diffusion requirements and architectural aesthetics of the new-build office. Integrated within the acoustic tile ceiling system, Waterloo’s aluminium linear slot diffusers are highly suited to variable volume applications due to the excellent low flow rate, air diffusion characteristics and high air handling capacity.

Offering high air volume capacity, Waterloo’s Vane Swirl Diffusers were also specified within the new-build office building and required a tegular drop face to match the ceiling tiles. These products are designed for rapid mixing of air in rooms where heights range from 2.6m to 4m. The company also supplied fixed blade grilles, adjustable blade grilles and exhaust valves to satisfy exhaust requirements in offices and washrooms. The diffusers and grills, fitted throughout the two buildings, were finished in RAL 9010 matt with 20% gloss white to meet the client’s specific aesthetic requirement.

“This was a complex project requiring specific attention to detail to ensure the finished products met the requirements of the two contrasting buildings,” added Mr Wardle. “Our team was able to deliver a comprehensive range of air terminal devices which met the client’s ventilation and architectural requirements and demonstrate our ability to meet even the most challenging of brief.”

With the remainder of this major city centre development on track for completion in 2022, Waterloo Air Products are delighted to have worked with the city council on a project which repurposes existing listed buildings alongside new-builds and help create part of a new future for Peterborough.

9 December 2020


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