Blog18 November 2015

High efficiency air conditioning technology installed at The Valley

As part of Charlton Athletic’s plan to improve the stadium, a huge investment has been made in a state-of-the-art air conditioning system designed to instil unprecedented levels of economical cooling inside the West Stand’s hospitality and dining areas. The upgrade was completed ahead of the new season and offers environmentally-friendly comfort cooling at significantly reduced operating costs.

Our engineers liaised directly with the client’s advisors to ensure the requirements of various applications were considered and then accommodated. This constructive consultation phase allowed the suitability of a variety of modern air conditioning systems to be analysed, before the most appropriate solution was put forward.

This prompted the recommendation of Mitsubishi Electric VRV ‘above-ceiling’ units which worked in conjunction with heat recovery ventilation to temper incoming air. These products not only proved more energy efficient but also provided individual room control for heating and cooling via a centralised controller. Technicians from Andrews Air Conditioning ensured that the existing R22 air conditioners were safely removed prior to the changeover. These were then quickly replaced with a flexible and more reliable alternative, with lower running cost, that is fully compliant with EU legislation.

Having worked with Charlton FC on many occasions, we were extremely well-placed to install a permanent cooling arrangement without interrupting their day-to-day operations. The stadium’s premier stand is now equipped with first-class quality air conditioning that offers a far greater level of cooling than was previously possible. This has been designed to accommodate future adaptions if necessary, highlighting our time-honoured commitment to provide long-term solutions whenever feasible.

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