Athletes, visitors and staff at Solent University’s new Sports Complex,
part of an ongoing £100m estates development programme, will enjoy an
outstanding indoor environment delivered by Toshiba’s award-winning
Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air conditioning and CIAT Floway DX system.
The building provides world-class facilities and is a centre of excellence
for sports, fitness and related research for the University and surrounding
region. It comprises two sports halls, three studios, a strength and
conditioning high-performance gym, a general purpose gym accessible to
the public, a sports and exercise therapy space, and personal training and
teaching gyms. Designed to achieve a Building Research Establishment
Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM®) rating of “Excellent”, the
building also complies with Southampton City Council’s Strategy on Tackling
and Adapting to Climate Change.
The project includes a combination of Toshiba’s award-winning three-pipe
heat recovery SHRMe and two-pipe SMMSe VRF systems, plus Toshiba
Digital Inverter splits and applied AHU-DX combined coil systems. Along
with a CIAT Floway DX system, these provide for the complex heating and
cooling requirements of the multiple spaces within the building.
Toshiba’s regional specifications manager, Waldemar (Val) Belz, worked
closely with mechanical and electrical contractor, Briggs & Forrester
Engineering, Northampton, throughout the design and delivery stage to
ensure the client’s requirements were met. Requirements included long
piping separation capability, low-noise operation, energy efficiency, valuefor-
money and proven equipment reliability.
Jason Evans, mechanical design manager with Briggs & Forrester
Engineering, Northampton, who headed the project, said: “Providing a high
quality indoor environment is critical in such a high performance building.
In addition, the solution had to meet the high environmental standards
required to achieve the target BREEAM rating of Excellent. The Toshiba
system specified delivers on all of these, and ensures ongoing running costs
are minimised for the client.”
Equipment was installed by Skyline Air Conditioning Limited and supplied
by Toshiba distributor Cool Designs Ltd.