Founded in 1869 to broaden access to Cambridge University, Fitzwilliam College is committed to supporting our students and academics to achieve excellence and to have a positive impact on our local and global society.
Since converting to academy status in 2010, the Bishop of Westminster Academy has been a big success, attracting secondary school pupils from Bournemouth and surrounding areas. With increasing demand came the need to develop a sixth form, enabling pupils to continue the final two years of their education at the academy. New blocks, constructed by Balfour Beatty Construction, take the school to a new head count of 1250, including 200 sixth form pupils. Balfour Beatty called on Adexsi to design, manufacture and install a combined smoke and natural ventilation system to suit the needs of the new building’s interior. There was one small challenge – a four week timescale for completion of the works.
Adexsi developed bespoke aluminium penthouse units to sit on the rooftop and provide a visually satisfactory solution. These were fitted with Certilam facade louvre units, providing a combined solution for natural and smoke ventilation. These units are fully certified to BSEN 12101-2 as required by the project specification.
An advanced control system was also installed, allowing the natural ventilation to be modified depending on time of day, internal temperature, levels of carbon dioxide in the building, and taking account of external environmental issues such as wind and rain. In the event of fire, the units have an override facility so they immediately switch over to operate as a smoke ventilation system.
This free school was developed from new to accommodate 700 pupils in a multi-faith establishment with a Sikh ethos. Developed around the principle of Nishkam, or a philosophy of serving others without the expectation of recognition, it was created with the local community providing a portion of the labour and materials free.
Construction group BAM developed the design, and built the project with internal teams handling structural and services design. The design uses elements of neo-classical architecture with a grand, concave entrance façade that welcomes visitors into a central triangular open space, covered by a translucent roof. All of the school’s classrooms and other facilities open onto this space.
With the new main building completed, the construction team then converted the school’s initial home, a former industrial unit, into a sports hall with gym facilities for pupils.
As is often the case with a large open atrium, the challenge was to ensure the environment within the space remains comfortable through the day, and through the seasons; and to enable smoke extract in a timely manner, so that the building occupants remain as safe as possible, should fire break out.
Adexsi was called on to work with the BAM team on the design of the ventilation and smoke extract systems. A Veriflow system was developed for the atrium smoke ventilation system, using Luxlam vents. The vents are linked to a smart control system that ensures air flow is balanced according to solar loading, external temperatures and the building’s own heating system.
Mascalls School is a wide ability mixed comprehensive school committed to providing a first class experience for Maidstone children. The school has recently been expanded to alleviate a shortage of accommodation across various curriculum areas, particularly in the arts and technology subjects.
The solution chosen for the new building was an open atrium over three and a half floors with glazed screen separation to teaching areas allowing views towards the open countryside and between the atrium and the various faculty areas. Natural ventilation to the atrium was an important requirement and due to a combination of the right experience and products Adexsi was chosen to design, supply, install and commission the systems required.
Since great care and consideration had gone into achieving a space that was both functional and aesthetically pleasing and an architecturally important feature of the school, Adexsi chose to supply and install its Certiciel glazed twin flap ventilators with concealed mechanisms. Designed for both smoke and natural ventilation applications and specifically for use on high quality architectural buildings – tested to EN12101-2 for smoke ventilation – they provide the required performance, multi-purpose operation and an aesthetically pleasing result.
Established in 1602, the Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and is Britain’s second largest, containing over 11 million works. As such an important building the selection of contractors to work upon its redevelopment was meticulous and Adexsi was chosen based upon its track record of work upon architecturally important buildings.
As part of a larger restoration and renovation of the New Bodleian library building, Adexsi was contracted to design and install a number of ventilation systems; including a natural smoke shaft ventilation and damper control systems with Certilam aluminium louvered smoke ventilators, fully tested to EN12101-2 for smoke ventilation, and powered natural/high temperature basement car park systems for smoke and general ventilation.
Careful integration of aesthetically pleasing equipment for natural and powered smoke ventilation meant Adexsi was able to meet architectural restrictions whilst providing the required services and in addition save the client time and money during the installation process and in future running costs. Energy costs were further reduced through the use of modulating dampers with touch screen control which provide a comfortable environment to the library’s users with minimum energy use