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25 years of loving construction: The Gateway, Leeds

A picture of The Gateway, Leeds, a residential apartment block project developed by Shepherd Construction, where SCS Group supplied and installed a UniJet car park ventilation system

The Gateway, Leeds, a residential apartment block project developed by Shepherd Construction, where SCS Group supplied and installed a UniJet car park ventilation system

In the run-up to SCS Group’s 25th anniversary in December, we are publishing a series of case studies looking back at our work over the years. In the fifth in the series, we look back at The Gateway, Leeds, a residential apartment block project developed by Shepherd Construction (2004-2007).

SCS Group loving construction logoThe first two phases of 256 apartments in phase one and two had been completed and a car park was required for the apartment blocks underground in two plant rooms.

SCS Group, Smoke Control Services at the time, became involved with the project through Haden Young, Goodmarriott and Hursthouse. We liaised with Rosedale Building Services during the initial design of the apartment blocks.

UniJet system installed

Following our design input we were successful in obtaining the order to supply and install a UniJet car park ventilation system.

The UniJet car park solution provided 24 jet fans and provided the best value solution for the job.

‘One of first jet fan systems we installed’

Chris Connolly, a Project Engineer at the time but now a Contracts Manager, said: “This marked the time when we were starting to use jet fan systems. It was new for us back then and this project was one of the first jet fan systems we installed.

“Using this system made the job easier. Traditional systems would have involved ductwork throughout the car park, but the jet fans meant we didn’t need this. We used CFD modelling – which was quite new back then. It was the time when we first started using it.”

He remembers: “The people on site were nice to work with. I went up from Cardiff every couple of weeks for the duration of the project.”