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Focus on ventilation to tackle COVID-19

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s March 2020 announcement of the UK’s first national lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic came with a snappy three-part slogan – ‘Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’. The message was modified over the following months. In May 2020, for example, we were urged to ‘Stay alert, control the virus, save []

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Velindre University NHS Trust, AHU refurbishment

Velindre Cancer Centre in Whitchurch, Cardiff, is scheduled to be replaced and re-located, with completion in approximately 2025. In the meantime, the Trust required full refurbishment of this end-of-lifecycle but critical theatre Air Handling Unit to keep it in fully operational condition. The brief was to add up to 10 years additional service life, while []

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Access safety improvements at Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth

ECEX Metalwork & Fabrication division is installing two new access stairs for Three Rivers District Council at Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire. A previous fixed access ladder was unsuitable for maintenance access to the roof while carrying tools and materials and was no longer compliant with latest British Standards for design. ECEX designed, manufactured and []

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Extract unit replacement at Thomas Bennett Community College

ECEX replaced a extract unit serving the food technology class at Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley. The existing unit was mounted on the roof of the main college building, and the casework had suffered from extensive corrosion, as had the associated attenuators. While the school was shut over the Easter Holidays, ECEX disconnected the old []

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Case for HVAC refurb strengthened in EcoDesign

  This summer, the UK government plans to introduce new laws that will apply ecodesign and energy labelling requirements to refrigeration (among other disparate categories including welding and electronic displays). The legislation will include measures to strengthen minimum energy performance standards and material efficiency, including ‘right to repair’ measures. These might include, for example, ease []

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CIBSE guide helps businesses prepare to re-open workplaces

CIBSE has published a guide outlining ventilation systems commonly found in buildings so that businesses can prepare to re-open workplaces as the impact of COVID-19 diminishes. ‘COVID-19 Ventilation Guidance Version 4’ (https://bit.ly/3x4tFgd) is designed to help building managers and those who operate and maintain building systems to identify those areas of a building and elements []

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