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OVENTROP VALVES CONTROL A THOUSAND HEATING AND COOLING UNITS AT SUFFOLK NEW COLLEGE

Ready availability, cost and known reliability of use through experience gained on previous installations secured the choice of Oventrop mechanical services valves to control heating and cooling systems at the £70 million Suffolk New College at Rope Walk Ipswich. The 22,000 square metres of new accommodation to the north of the existing site has been purpose designed to meet the needs of 21st century education and training.

Oventrop valves were chosen exclusively by Dodd Group to fulfil their design and build contract for the mechanical services involving two forms of heating, comfort modules and radiant panels. Consulting engineers are WSP Buildings and the main contractor is national construction company Morgan Ashurst. As well as 600 ceiling-mounted, four-way air diffusion comfort modules for heating and cooling, 400 radiant panels also have been installed. Each comfort module contains heating and cooling coils but no fan as primary air is supplied by air handling units. There are no internal moving parts.

The radiant panels are located on the eastern side of the building and provide heating only. Enclosed areas and those on the south western side have comfort modules for heating and cooling. Oventrop valve assemblies control all the comfort modules and the radiant panels.

The new college is a low rise construction with four storeys at its highest in part of the southern block. Heart of the new building is a central atrium, providing space for meeting, eating, exhibitions and learning, which rises to three storeys, the same height as the education provision in the northern block. The main plantroom with its boilers and ancillaries is on the roof as are 12 air handling units, located above the zones they serve. There is also a chiller on the roof so that mechanical services plant occupies none of the building’s floor space. All the plantroom valves are of Oventrop supply and to achieve hydronic balance throughout the heating and cooling circuits, commissioning sets and differential pressure regulating have been strategically located.

Email: keith.tearle@btconnect.com


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