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UK: Air conditioning contractor Coolair Equipment is enabling fans of Europe’s hottest new fitness craze to remain cool.

Coolair’s Cannock office supplied Mitsubishi Electric cooling and ventilation packages for the international roll out of Blaze, the boutique fitness studios launched by David Lloyd Leisure.

Blaze is described as a dynamic new workout class that combines mixed martial arts, intense cardio and strength training synced to upbeat motivational dance music.

The contract with PDS Design & Build Ltd in Wakefield, worth around £160,000, involved collaborating in the design and installation of the latest comfort cooling and heat recovery ventilation technology for seven Blaze studios across the UK, Northern Ireland and Holland.

Coolair installed a twin DX split systems incorporating four-way-blow cassettes to directly cool incoming air, along with a Lossnay unit mounted above the ceiling to extract the stale air and replace it with fresh incoming air heated by the outgoing air.

The project, which took three weeks per studio, was carried out in a standardised way within existing club facilities at Bushey (Watford), Basildon, Ipswich, Derby, Cheshire Oaks and Belfast; while Coolair’s first international assignment at The Centrum in Rotterdam required a bespoke solution.

“The Rotterdam site was challenging not only logistically in terms of shipping materials, manpower and access equipment over there at a budget, but also because the job involved working in a nine-story listed building,” commented Coolair project engineer Ben Snookes.

“The Blaze Studio was being built on the fourth floor and there was no external space for plant, so we came up with the answer of modifying the existing ventilation plant for fresh air requirements.”

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