eQ units selected for landmark Newcastle Community Centre


Fläkt Woods is delivering eQ air handling units for the ventilation requirements of a landmark building in the heart of Newcastle. The redevelopment of the former West Road Fire Station into a community centre, known as the Beacon.

The new building will provide a facility for local people to learn new skills and be encouraged to look at self employment and business start up as a way to a brighter future. Designed by local architect Ainsworth Sparks, at three storeys high and with a footprint of 35,000sq ft, the new building will be substantial and environmentally friendly.

The eQ range from Fläkt Woods is a modern, highly adaptable air handling unit, offering a selection of state-of-the-art features; intelligent controls, energy efficient components and a flexible design. By combining all these developments into one system, Fläkt Woods has achieved the best energy solutions possible. This strategy requires that the systems and individual components are designed together.

Included in the package are Fläkt Woods' chillers, which are designed for high efficiency at part load as well as at peak load to minimise the overall annual energy consumption.

In many applications, cooling water is needed during periods of the year when the outdoor temperature is low. By installing a chiller with a free cooling circuit it is possible to cool the water without running the compressors, which saves a considerable amount of energy and reduces wear on them. Free cooling is best suited to high water temperatures and low ambient temperatures.

The project was funded by Centre West and Groundwork STAN and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2007-2013.


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