Project value: £700k

Major HVAC installations often involve cranes to lift large units into position on a rooftop. The process demands precision, but with experience is usually straightforward. Sometimes, however, a little invention is necessary.

361 Degrees provided air conditioning solutions for office space at Somerset House in Birmingham, but the busy city centre location meant using a crane was not an option and the team had to find another way.

The condensers and air handling units were broken down at our headquarters, then each part was carefully raised through the central core of the six-storey building, taking great care to avoid damage to the stairwell. Once the components were in place, they were rebuilt and commissioned on site.

After stripping out the old gas boiler system, the 361 Degrees team installed a Mitsubishi Electric City Multi VRF three-pipe heat recovery system, which provides both heating and cooling.

The project made use of striking exposed ductwork, which had to be carefully prepared, handled and transported to preserve the aesthetic effect that potential occupants of prestige city centre offices have come to expect.

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