Tudor House in St Peter Port has undergone a major refurbishment programme and one of the main areas of concern was the replacement of the air conditioning system which has been in-situ for 10 years and the need for a rapid and efficient solution.
Caroline Latham, FRICS, Director of Bailiwick Estates Limited, which manages Tudor House, said “the decision to replace the 10 year old air conditioning system was part of a wider strategy to upgrade the building so that it continues to attract high quality commercial tenants”.
Daikin VRV-Q was the chosen system, enabling contractors and Daikin installers, AFM Limited, to reduce installation time and costs by utilising existing pipework and indoor units. VRV-Q is Daikin’s solution for rapid replacement of R22 systems and other refrigerants, such as R407C, which was in-situ at Tudor House at the time.
Ian Pritchard, Project Manager at AFM said “Daikin was specified because we have installed VRV-Q previously and had received very positive feedback from the clients. Our biggest installation to date involved 14 condensing units: a big cost-saving for the customer as existing pipework was used. Daikin’s delivery time to the island is an impressive three days, both for new units and spare parts. Therefore, we specify Daikin knowing that in the case of a breakdown, we can get the customer’s air conditioning up and running very quickly”
The refurbishment of the air conditioning system was carried out over an 18 month period with little disruption or impact to the tenants.