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Priva UK BMS Technology Brings Comfort and
Energy Savings to Children’s Home
A
fter looking to replace a pair
of air-handling units that were
found to be inefficient in both
energy usage and individual room
control, a secure children’s home in
Nottinghamshire is benefiting from
the latest building management
system (BMS) technology from
Priva UK. As part of a five-phase
BMS project managed by
Heatherose, seven Priva BMS
control panels have introduced high
levels of climate control and energy
efficiency, while maintenance
savings are also anticipated.
Clayfields House is a local authority
secure children’s home in the
Stapleford area of Nottingham that
provides care, education and specialist
interventions for vulnerable young
people between 10 and 17 years of
age. Ofsted has rated the facility’s
quality of care and education as
outstanding.
As the building is owned by the county
council, energy efficiency is viewed as
a priority. The previous system had
mixed brand controls and was based
on two air-handling units that operated
separately to supply 120 rooms with
tempered air. The lack of individual
room control and general inefficiency
prompted Clayfields House to seek out
a more comprehensive BMS offering
better control, easier access for staff,
energy-saving potential and the ability
daily basis,” explains Chris Burton,
Control Systems Manager at
Heatherose.
In total, five different phases of work
Calling on experience
were completed. The first phase saw
Based on the quality of its portfolio,
the construction of a new residential
Heatherose, which has over 35 years
block (Scarlet Wing) comprising six
of expertise in the design and
bedrooms, two high-dependency
manufacture of electrical control and
bedrooms (one with mother and baby
distribution panels, was appointed to
undertake the BMS works, with help on facility), living areas, kitchens, staff
sleep-in rooms and first-floor
hand from Priva when required.
administration offices. As part of the
“The site was being extended to
second and third phases, heating and
accommodate more occupants, and
ventilation refurbishment works took
existing buildings were being
refurbished due to their poor state and place in the existing education block,
the fact that equipment was failing on a and the Sherwood and Loxley wings.
The fourth phase of the project at
Clayfields House involved the
construction of a new vocational block
comprising various rooms for subjects
such as science, hair and beauty,
drama and cookery. In the final fifth
phase, site-wide lighting control was
introduced.
to control and monitor the entire site
from one location.
Minimum disruption
As the building is occupied around the
clock, seven days a week, the works
had to be completed with minimal
disruption. Here, the use of Priva BMS
technology proved useful, as the
system could be commissioned without
the need for Heatherose to be on site.
“There are a total of seven BMS control
panels situated around the facility,
communicating with each other on a
site-wide network,” says Mr Burton.
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