This new North West England headquarters for the Department of Constitutional Affairs provides 47 courtrooms in a landmark 16 storey building, and has a spectacular 60m by 60m glass façade along the western edge which is the largest hung glass wall in Europe.
Providing a dramatic landmark in Manchester, this new building is the biggest court complex to be built in the UK since the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Cooling capability on this project is produced from 2 boreholes providing ground water.
The velta classic screed system was installed to provide both heating and cooling to the 700m² atrium area which rises to 11 storeys high. velta installed the system together with a pumped flowing screed which was covered with a limestone floor.
This was one of many atria heating and cooling applications in screeds which were completed throughout the year by velta.
High atria areas and similar large volume spaces are an ideal application for floor heating and cooling systems. The radiant effect of the system has a direct impact on the occupied space within the first 2m and this can be taken into account when calculating the energy required to heat and cool the space.
Use of renewable energy from ground water boreholes further enhances the environmental credentials of this building.
Client – Allied London Properties
Main Contractor – Bovis Lend Lease
Architect – Denton Corker Marshall
M&E Consultant – Connell Mott MacDonald
M&E Contractor – Axima
velta system installed
Heating and cooling
velta classic screed system – 700m²