AET Flexible Space, leading provider of underfloor air conditioning is currently delivering equipment to 33 Glasshouse Street, London after receiving the order from Emico early this year. The building features a Grade II Listed façade and is located in a prominent position looking over Regent Street and the Soho area of the West End.
The unusually shaped building has a total area of around 52,000 sq. ft. and is currently undergoing full structural reconfiguration and refurbishment to form larger, open plan floor plates and Cat A office accommodation to be created on floors three to seven. These floors make up 23,500 sq. ft. of the total space; and as the Ground to Second floors are occupied; creating self-contained accommodation for potential tenants. AET Flexible Space are supplying their space saving underfloor air conditioning to floors three to seven of the building; working with Consultants, WPP and Architects, Buckley Grey Yeoman.
With underfloor systems, fully conditioned air is fed into the plenum by zonal downflow units (CAM), which is then supplied into the workspace via fan terminal units (Fantile). The Fantile units feature integrated controllers where users can personally adjust fan speed and temperature to suit their own comfort. Systems can be configured with underfloor or high level return and can easily integrate with passive or other ventilation systems.
The system specified for 33 Glasshouse Street is a CAM-C Direct Expansion system with supply and return air distributed via the floor plenum. The Fantiles supplied are AET slim line TUS-EC fan terminals, designed to fit into the shallow floor plenums common in London refurbishments and with EC motors for enhanced energy efficiency. Instead of a rooftop chiller providing chilled water, the building will be using Daikin Heat Pump units to maximise use of space and energy efficiency.
In addition to the creation of contemporary office accommodation, the main entrance and reception area will be reconfigured and bespoke features created at selected areas; including a potential roof terrace on floor six. A floor to ceiling height of 3.3m will be achieved on floors three, four and five with the adoption of underfloor air conditioning enabling the elimination of the ceiling void and subsequently maximising the available space. The project is due for completion during Q2 of 2016 and main contractor McLaren is on target for a BREEAM “Very Good” status.