Clients: Regalian Properties, Waterbank Properties, NatSteel Properties, Ossia Land
Distributor: Pillinger Air Ltd
Value: £2.7 million
Type of works: supply of R407C heat pump inverter VRV systems.
The advent of inverter technology, with its ability to reduce system running costs, iron out power supply surges and prevent excessive fluctuations in room temperature, has given a significant boost to the application of air conditioning to the upper end of the UK residential market.
This technology has been put to use in the luxury Sky apartment and penthouse complex, located within the phase four tower block of the Point West development on Cromwell Road in London. Owned jointly by Regalian Properties, Waterbank Properties, NatSteel Properties and Ossia Land, the 27 triple-level and 18 single-level apartments plus stunning triple-level penthouse offer high-standard, five star living and comfort.
The top-range development is air-conditioned by Daikin R407C heat pump inverter VRV systems, supplied by distributor Pillinger Air Ltd and installed by Briman Building Engineering Services Ltd of Crawley, in a £2.7 million design and build contract. Colin Pratt of Electrical Solutions, Regalian's technical consultant, acted as contract supervisor throughout the project.
The penthouse, entered on floor sixteen via its own exclusive lift and lobby, offers some 5,500ft² of stylishly appointed space. The living accommodation at this level comprises reception and a spacious entrance hall leading into the dining area, complete with feature open fire. To the left and right are kitchen, guest wc, cloakroom and staff suite, study/library and sitting area. Two ceiling-concealed fan-coil units in the kitchen supply conditioned air via service ductwork to high-level, continuous linear strip diffusers to all the main areas. A further fan-coil unit in the shower room caters for staff suite air conditioning requirements. Underfloor heating is provided to the reception, entrance hall, kitchen and guest wc.
The penthouse bedroom accommodation on the seventeenth floor comprises en-suite master bedroom, bathroom and dressing room plus three other bedrooms with associated bathrooms/shower rooms, linen store and utility rooms. Ceiling-concealed fan-coil units in the main dressing room supply ducted air conditioning to the master bedroom and third bedroom via high-level linear strip diffusers; additional bathroom and shower room ceiling-concealed fan-coil units handle the requirements of the second and fourth bedrooms in a similar manner.
All bathrooms, shower rooms and dressing rooms are also fitted with underfloor heating. The third level on the eighteenth floor encompasses an all-round terrace and spacious sun lounge, air-conditioned via two off-ceiling concealed fan-coil units, connected by flexible ducting to high-level slot diffuser grilles. Outdoor condensing units for the penthouse systems are located in the seventeenth floor plantroom.
The equally luxurious triplex apartments comprise hall, reception, kitchen, wc and terrace at first level; master bedroom, reception, bathroom and wc on the second level; and two further bedrooms plus two bathrooms/wc's at third level. Air conditioning is provided by ceiling-concealed fan-coil units in the kitchen, bathrooms and shower rooms, linked by ductwork direct to high-level continuous diffuser grilles in the living and sleeping areas.
Air conditioning for the single-level apartments is provided via ceiling-conceiled fan-coil units in the kitchen. Outdoor condensing units for all triplex and single-level apartments are mounted on purpose-built, single and double platforms at thirteenth floor roof level. All air-conditioned rooms within the complex are fitted with individual room temperature controllers.