40 Clarendon Road

40 Clarendon Road, Watford

Daikin heat recovery systems give prime office building new lease of life

A prime office property in busy Watford has returned to the letting market after a massive facelift – including an efficient new heat recovery air conditioning installation that is configured to suit the needs of up to nine tenants. Described as a self-contained headquarters office building, 40 Clarendon Road has almost 50,000 square feet of lettable space, spread across five floors.

The new Daikin VRV IV heat recovery air conditioning system, installed by Rotherham-based Daikin D1+ Business Partner, Airmaster, as part of the Category A fit out, was designed to British Council for Offices standards.

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Daikin heat recovery systems give prime office building new lease of life

At the core of the installation are 19 VRV IV heat recovery outdoor units, ranging from 8-16hp and totalling 230hp. Heat recovery units are inherently more efficient than straight heat pumps – and additionally have the ability to deliver simultaneous cooling and heating, economically using ‘waste’ heat.

“They wanted a high-end look for the pipework and ducting. We had to present a number of sample configurations and they chose a shiny, smooth aluminium cladding.”

- Airmaster director Gareth Campbell

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The outdoor units drive nine independent systems – one for the 8,500 sq.ft ground floor, and two for each of the four upper floors which range from 8,000 to 10,000 sq.ft. As a result, the upper floors could each be let to one or two tenants.

Each of the systems is controlled at tenant level through a Daikin Intelligent Touch Manager with individual local control of 41 zones through Daikin’s elegant wall-mounted Madoka controllers. Overall, the Daikin systems are linked to building management system via a BACnet gateway.

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