Toshiba cools and heats Fire and Rescue Services

A series of new Community Fire and Rescue stations being built as part of a major development programme in the North of England are being equipped with state-of-the-art Toshiba air conditioning.
A total of 21 new fire stations are being rolled out, replacing outdated facilities.
To date, 15 of the fire stations have been equipped with high efficiency Toshiba air conditioning, with remaining sites awaiting completion and fit-out towards the end of this year and early 2013.
All stations have a combination of Toshiba’s 3-pipe VRF and split systems, with the design satisfying the requirements of EN378 and Part L of the Building Regulations 2006 and 2010.
As well as serving office accommodation and rest rooms, the Toshiba units provide vital cooling for the stations’ communications and server facilities, essential to rapid deployment, and control and command support.
In line with a philosophy of continuous improvement, the final five stations will be equipped with Toshiba air source heat pumps in place of gas boiler heating for corridors, plus Toshiba’s highly commended leak detection system, which attracts BREEAM credits.
The majority of stations are also being equipped with Toshiba’s high efficiency VN system, an air-to-air heat exchanger that captures energy that would otherwise be lost, significantly improving overall building energy efficiency.
Installation of air conditioning equipment is being carried out by Toshiba Accredited Installers Cool Breeze Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Ltd of Gateshead, and Coolair Equipment Ltd of Dukinfield, on behalf of mechanical services contractors Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Ltd and Lorne Stewart plc.
Andy Davidson, Toshiba’s Specification Manager – North, says: “It is a major building project in the region, and represents a once-in-a-generation upgrading of the Fire and Rescue facilities serving the North of England.
“We are delighted that by working closely with our clients and Consulting Engineers, they have put their faith in Toshiba equipment. It will play a crucial role in supporting the important work of the Fire and Rescue Service over the coming years. Toshiba’s reputation for reliability, efficiency and engineering excellence will stand them in good stead.”
The multi-million pound building programme involves the phased demolition of nearly two dozen aging fire stations, and their replacement with brand new facilities with excellent transport access to their respective regions.
The construction programme is being carried out in three phases by main contractor Mansell, supported by building services consultant Arup, on behalf of the Fire and Rescue Services in the region.
Craig Bowden, Arup associate in Newcastle upon Tyne, said: “The Toshiba 3-pipe heat recovery system is ideal for the layout of the stations. The system efficiencies enabled Arup’s design to meet Part L requirements and the BREEAM aspirations of the fire authorities. The support provided by Toshiba throughout has been first class.”
Jason Linney, design engineer with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Limited, said: “The technical support and response from Toshiba on the project was experienced and refreshing. They provided detailed assistance with both system selection and application, backed up with comprehensive information.”
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