Mill House – London
Mistral Maintenance Ltd were tasked by Peldon Rose, an innovative office outfitting company, to design an air conditioning system that was both efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The project took place on two floors of a converted factory situated in a 19th century dock area, which featured contemporary touches such as exposed brickwork. By sourcing Panasonic units from AMP Air, Mistral were able to deliver a system that was not only high performance, but helped complement the industrial warehouse, look of the office space.
The building itself was a challenge, as it was a factory conversion which had unique pine cable run requirements owing to a single lift shaft from top to bottom. This meant all pipework had to be run through the single shaft and pipework space was at a premium. The tightness of the riser shaft meant all pipework had to be installed prior to any units being fitted. Often, the higher up the shaft pipework goes, the more pipes need to be added meaning the space gets smaller and smaller.
As well as space demands, the exposed aesthetic of the office floors meant designing an attractive air conditioning system that could feature exposed units, rather than hiding mechanical work above ceilings.
To overcome challenges, all pipework was grouped and installed together to avoid space being limited. All pipes were fitted to adhere to Panasonic unit sizes, meaning future installations on higher floors will be easier.
The original units specified for the job were not suitable, so Mistral contacted Neil at AMP Air who advised Panasonic units for their energy-efficiency, low noise levels and cooling properties. The condensers were installed in a basement car park and holes in the pavement above allowed air to be discharged.
The actual air conditioning units chosen were cassettes, which were hung from the exposed ceiling. These were specifically chosen for their galvanised metal casing to complement the industrial theme. Metal cable trays house all electronics high above the wooden floors, creating a stark contemporary look to the offices, complemented by preexisting black cast iron pipes which run from the floor to ceiling.
By efficiently installing all pipework first, Mistral have created an effective air conditioning system on both floors. As more of the building is completed, Panasonic air conditioning will be easy to install thanks to the existing pipework in the riser shaft.
The overall visual impact of the project has been highly praised by Mistal’s client, and they are also very happy with the Panasonic units. John Wilkes, Managing Director of Mistral Maintenance, praised AMP Air, “Neil at AMP Air is really helpful. If we have any issues, he pops in to see if he can offer help and helps pick up the work when needed. We are really satisfied with the units, and the cost-efficiency of the project in general. We’d be happy to recommend AMP Air and Panasonic to anyone.”
Neil at AMP Air is really helpful. If we have any issues, he pops in to see if he can offer help and helps pick up the work when needed. We are really satisfied with the units, and the cost-efficiency of the project in general. We’d be happy to recommend AMP Air and Panasonic to anyone.John Wilkes, Managing Director, Mistral Maintenance