Project title: Admiral HQ
Client: NG Bailey
Service: Smoke Control
The Admiral Group operates numerous key insurance suppliers in the market, including Admiral, Elephant and Confused.com. Much like Group SCS, it is a business that believes in the importance of employee engagement and its new headquarters building is located in Cardiff, designed to accommodate 3,000 staff, with space for 120 parked cars across two basement levels.
The 240,000 sq ft Sir Robert McAlpine-developed building had a requirement for a mechanical smoke ventilation system to protect the fire fighting lobby and fire fighting stair across 16 floors. The enclosed basement car park also required mechanical ventilation – for both smoke and build up of carbon monoxide produced by car exhaust fumes.
The Group SCS solution incorporated Easivent-branded Parker variable speed drives in its control panels, ensuring precise, efficient control. Both systems adopted a fire engineered approach and were designed and validated using CFD analysis.
The final car park design was unique in its approach, using transfer fans at the dead end sections of the car park; this was necessary to overcome short circuiting of the inlet and extract points which were located on the same facade of the building. Both systems were successfully demonstrated by a full scale smoke test witnessed by the client, fire brigade and building control inspector.
UniForce smoke shaft system
Parker variable speed drives in its control panels, ensuring precise, efficient control
Systems adopted a fire engineered approach and were designed and validated using CFD analysis
Final car park design was unique in its approach, using transfer fans at the dead end sections of the car park
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