High efficiency complements high-end development at Southend
Highly efficient Daikin air conditioning blends with contemporary style in ground floor commercial spaces beneath a high-end residential development at Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Beaumont Court and neighbouring Richmond House – newly converted by local developer Randall Watts Construction from a pair of commercial buildings unoccupied for more than 15 years – already provide 280 one and two bedroom apartments for rental or shared ownership. A further 14 units are being added to make maximum use of available space.
Paul Barker, Randall Watts Senior Site Manager, says the project has reinvigorated the area – and proved popular with young and fi rst-time buyers, as well as with older buyers choosing to downsize.
Independent climate control
Eleven Daikin Split and Sky Air systems were specified, to provide independent climate control for each of the areas. The systems, delivering cooling and space heating as necessary, were installed by Daikin D1+ Partner, Direct Cooling Services (London). The systems include Seasonal Classic and Active models from the Sky Air range and a single multi-split. Indoors, the cooling or heating is delivered by 13 Roundflow cassettes of 5kW or 7.1kW and fi ve wall-mounted inverter units of 2.5kW or 3.5kW.
“The R32 systems combine the latest technology with a refrigerant that has very low environmental impact either in its manufacture or in the unlikely event of accidental leakage. This puts Beaumont Court at the forefront of current best practice. In addition to effi ciency and the opportunity to introduce a low-GWP refrigerant, the developers were particularly impressed by Daikin’s sevenyear warranty and the attractive Madoka touch controller.”
- Martin Ball - Direct Cooling director
The kit list includes both R410A and R32-based systems, reflecting availability at the time of installation. R32 is not a new refrigerant but is already a 50% component of the widely used but higher GWP-rated R410A. Recent advances in system design have allowed R32 to be used safely on its own to benefi t users and the environment.