New Ulster University campus, Belfast

Background

In September, the new Ulster University campus in Belfast will open. It is a state-of-the-art facility, with more than 300 innovative learning spaces, capable of accommodating 15,000 employees and students.

Purposes

We were commissioned by the Ramos Ferreira Group – one of the most important world players in the construction business – to design and build an HVAC system according to the technological and sustainable approach of the whole project. The building has also been designed to satisfy very restrictive noise regulations.

Challenges

The campus is located in the center of Belfast, so the designer had to optimize the available area using a very innovative architectural approach. However, this meant that the installation space dedicated to the HVAC system was very small. So, no doubt the main challenge was obtaining the best performance in relation to the surface we had available.

Project

To meet these requirements, we designed and manufactured three air-cooled Turbomisers with oil-free centrifugal compressors, of different sizes, in order to occupy the installation space with as many fans as possible. The total cooling capacity achieved is 2630 kW (748 RT). The units ensure high levels of energy efficiency (EER 3.34 W/W*), low noise levels (64 dBA) and are controlled by a single gateway.

*Cooling kW/RT = 0.92 – Cooling EER BTU/Wh = 12.946