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Ciat coils provide top-flight upgrade

UK: The replacement of ageing condenser coils in air handling units at the Radisson Blu Hotel at London Stansted Airport has provided a cost-effective increase in efficiency.

The popular 500-bed hotel, located just a two-minute walk from the airport’s departure reception, has two international restaurants, a fitness centre with swimming pool and a multi-storey central atrium home to its renowned Wine Tower Bar.

The hotel’s original air handling units are said to have performed well over many years, however the condenser coils were showing signs of age. 

Ciat UK was called upon to replace the coils with 12 Ciat aluminium and copper heat exchange coils. Its contract team managed the removal of existing units and installation of the new systems as part of a turnkey refurbishment project.

With the possibility of delivering a significant increase in energy efficiency and occupant comfort, Neil Hitching, Toshiba Carrier’s business development director, described coil replacement as a cost-effective alternative to total replacement of air handling units.

According to Ciat, refurbishment saves from 50 to 65% of the cost of full plant replacement. Carried out in-situ, it can also reduce additional onsite expenses associated with lifting equipment, possible road closures and access restrictions. Work can be phased to reduce disruption to buildings and occupants, and help clients budget by completing projects in stages. 

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