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UK: The University of Leicester has chosen a Ciat air handling system for a major development of the Percy Gee building, the university’s four-storey social and activity hub.

The Percy Gee building, which is also home to the students’ union, includes a food court, dedicated informatics lab, media centre and a performance studio. A striking new eastern facade connects the existing atria with a new public square, designed as an events space by architect on the project Shepheard Epstein Hunter.

Five ClimaCiat air handling units, installed by Leicester-based Enviroduct Ltd, offer integrated heat recovery systems for ambient space heating and hot water production.

The system includes three ClimaCiat AirAccess 70 units, one ClimaCiat AirAccess 10 unit and one ClimaCiat AirTech 150 unit.

Sustainability and environmental performance were key drivers in the overall approach to the project. The building, which will open next year, is designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good. 

Space restrictions in one of the plant rooms required the AirAccess 10 unit to be completely disassembled, then rebuilt in the final position. 

In addition to providing air handling for the new extension, the project included ventilation for the new commercial kitchen. This was supplied by the Airtech 150 AHU, which was adapted with top intake and discharge connections to suit the basement location and space constraints.

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