Client: Crown House Technologies
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
Type of works: supply of a combined smoke and natural ventilation system.
Created on the site of the former 1950s Bowater House in Knightsbridge, One Hyde Park is set to be one of the most luxurious sites in London to date. The internal and external facade has been designed to with stand both high alert security and terrorist threats, to maintain occupant safety and wellbeing, providing one of the most secure buildings in Europe.
The development is set to be the most iconic piece of architecture to be ever undertaken in London. Designed by Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Associates, the plan of 80 apartments and three exclusive boutiques in four pavilions, has been designed to form a unity between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park.
Candy and Candy, the development managers, will drive the Hyde Park scheme to ensure smooth running of the entire project until its completed. Laing ORourke, the world renowned construction company, have provided consultancy on the build.
SE Controls, one of the country's leading automatic window, smoke and natural ventilation companies, was chosen to provide a fully-automated, combined smoke and natural ventilation control system for the prestigious development.
The smoke ventilation strategy was designed to ensure the common areas were safely ventilated for safe occupant exit in the event of a fire. A flexible and efficient modular OS2 control system was selected to provide automatic opening ventilation and battery backup, in the event of mains power failure to the electric glass louvres situated in common lobbies. The vents will be triggered via the dedicated and fully addressable fire alarm system, to create smoke evacuation on a floor-by-floor basis.
Below ground, SE Controls provided naturally ventilated smoke shafts from the ground floor to effectively three additional floors below ground. The opening of the shafts were be equipped with actuation to smoke doors to automatically open the doors in the event of a fire. The control system will be designed to provide a standalone system using multi-zone control panels to open and close the smoke shaft doors all on a floor-by-floor basis.
The OS2 control panels are located in an air-handling unit; the handling unit has been designed to allow additional space for control panels to be fitted due to lack of space in the common lobby areas. All Lobby areas have glass floors, walls & ceilings thus the location of the controllers became a critical item in designing a specific area to house the controller to ensure full concealment.
The automated ventilation system has additionally being designed to provide a natural ventilation strategy to achieve night cooling in the summer months.
The buildings inventive transparent design, whilst concealing the apartments, will open up the space between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park and provide more light to its gardens. Its Red weathered facade will give the impression of the red brick of the surrounding Knightsbridge architecture. The frontage will conform to the vibrancy and quintessential Englishness of the Knightsbridge style. Where as the rear of the property will provide groves of tall trees and water features that will keep in context with the Hyde Park side. The building retains an aesthetically natural balance with its surroundings.
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