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OVENTROP VALVES USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR WESTMINSTER KINGWAY COLLEGE REDEVELOPMENT

One of the biggest construction projects that Westminster Kingsway College has ever undertaken is the redevelopment of its Kings Cross Centre site which will enable it to bring together all of the College’s Camden-based vocational courses on to a single site. Previously known as the Gray’s Inn Centre, heating and cooling for the new buildings is under the control of Oventrop valves which have been used exclusively for all the above ground systems, including gas distribution for the six laboratories and science areas.

Westminster Kingsway College offers a wide range of full-time and part-time courses giving students the opportunity to gain vocational, professional and academic qualifications at different levels. The College is one of the largest colleges in central London with Centres in Camden and Westminster. Located at the junction of Gray’s Inn Road and Sidmouth Street London, the King’s Cross Centre is home to a large number of 16-19 students studying a range of subjects at GCSE and A-Level as well as vocational and community courses.

The new building, for which the main contractor is Kier London, comprises two main blocks with four floors of teaching and administration space and a fifth floor roof plant room and a smaller block with three floors of teaching space and a fourth floor plant room. All the mechanical plant rooms are on the roof with the public health plant room in the basement which houses all the water tanks for storing reclaimed domestic water for treatment and recirculation. Mechanical services contractors for the project are Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil and the consulting engineers Richard Stephens Partnership, Edenbridge.

Ten per cent of renewable energy for heating and cooling on the site is provided by energy piles and a ground source heat pump with the balance by conventional gas-fired boilers and a 900kW chiller in the rooftop plant rooms.

There are 150 teaching spaces fitted with chilled beams in the College for which the chiller supplies all the cooling. Each chilled beam has its own valve set comprising commissioning set, strainers and isolation valves. Eleven air handling units on the roof supply all the fresh air for ventilation and conditioned air for the building. All are fitted with their own Oventrop valve sets. Run-around systems between the extract and supply AHUs enable heat recovered from the main atriums to be used for reheating the building.

Twelve pumps circulate chilled water and LPHW to the variable and constant temperature systems and there are smaller pumps for the run-around systems, all of which are equipped with Oventrop isolating valves.

Rain water is collected for storage in the basement and following filtration and UV purification is used for toilet flushing.

Email: sales@oventrop.co.uk


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