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St George's Kew

UK: Private residential newbuild

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Owners in a luxury development by St George – part of the Berkeley Homes Group – overlooking the Thames can enjoy cool comfort in summer, thanks to Daikin VRV IV air conditioning systems, in partnership with Marlow Air Conditioning Services Ltd. The fourth and final phase of the 308-unit Kew Bridge project, Block D, consists of Quayside House (71 apartments) and Kew Wharf (29 apartments). Marlow Project Manager Andy Brown says comfort cooling offsets solar gain in all the Kew Wharf apartments and 50 at Quayside House with south and west aspects – and views over the river towards the Royal Botanic Gardens. 

Daikin’s on ‘Kew’ for comfort cooling at riverside apartments

With a combined total nominal cooling output of 717.8kW, the nine Block D systems consist of 18 VRV IV heat pumps from 8hp to 20hp, arranged singly or in groups to meet the design cooling loads of the apartments they serve. Depending on size, apartments have between two and five Daikin fan coil units. To meet the developers’ requirement for an ‘out of sight’ solution, the units are from the slim ducted range which offers models from 1.7-7.1kW nominal cooling. Daikin’s vertical chassis fan coil units, discreetly boxed, have been installed to cool the access corridors on all floors.

“Our company ethos involves delivering increasingly high technical standards in our developments. We have worked closely with the engineers, installers and Daikin to secure cooling systems set to achieve new highs in operational and administrative efficiency in Block D.”

- Corvina Johnson, building services project manager for St George

Accurate metering and billing

The Daikin fan coil units are individually controlled by hand-held Infra-red remote controllers. Overall control of the Daikin VRV IV systems is via iTouch Managers, with Power Proportional Distribution software and Bacnet gateway interfaces to the Building Management System. This facilitates accurate metering and billing, based on each apartment’s energy usage.

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