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The Bloomsbury Hotel completes a cool one million

Studio Suite at The Bloomsbury Hotel
Despite talk of national economic gloom, The Bloomsbury Hotel has just completed a one million pound investment project to install a brand new, state-of-the-art air conditioning system throughout the Grade II listed building. Taking eight months from start to finish, the project required careful planning and management from both the hotel’s operational team and external contractor, ‘Temperature Control’, to ensure a sympathetic integration of such a modern system into a period property.

Completed at the end of September 2013, the installation of a new air conditioning system was driven by three key factors:
• Firstly, to improve comfort levels for both leisure guests and corporate clients – particularly in the extensive meeting, conference and corporate event spaces.

• Secondly, to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact by implementing energy saving measures. It is estimated that the new system will reduce CO2 emissions by around 30%.

• Thirdly, to comply with government legislation introduced in January 2010 to reduce UK companies’ use of ozone depleting substances and greenhouse gases. It was necessary to remove all of the ozone depleting refrigerants (R22 refrigerants) and replace the entire air conditioning system, which previously operated using the R22 refrigerant.

The listed neo-Georgian building, that was designed and built by the famous British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, required expert knowledge and meticulous planning when it came to navigating its maze-like structure to develop an efficient programme for the upgrade of the air conditioning system. ‘Temperature Control’, a specialist contractor that has become a leading authority on air conditioning innovation and refrigerant replacements, was chosen to take the project on due to the company’s vast experience designing system installations that are bespoke to clients’ individual criteria. The company was also selected as it primarily installs ‘Daikin VRV’ systems, which are currently the market leader in environmentally responsible, renewable energy air conditioning systems.

Michael Neve, General Manager comments: “The Bloomsbury Hotel has a great working relationship with Temperature Control – they installed the original system 13 years ago and have been maintaining it for us ever since. The whole team, headed up by Andy Grundy, has been unfailingly professional and cooperative throughout the installation and we are delighted with the result.”

The total outlay for the project came in at one million pounds – representing the combined costs of the materials, installation and the room revenue lost throughout the duration of the programme. In order to cause minimal disruption to guests or displace large amounts of revenue, the installation took place in scheduled stages, carefully managed by Michael Neve, General Manager of The Bloomsbury Hotel, Wayne Buckley, Business Development Director and Andy Grundy, Project Engineer for Temperature Control.

Andy Grundy explains: “Having project managed the original installation, I was fully aware of the complexities of the property and the challenges brought by its Grade II listing. We encountered many challenges during the project and through the help of Michael and his team we overcame many obstacles. Daikin, the manufacturer, played their part through technical and logistical support and in all this was a great team effort – showing the benefit of a strong and lasting working relationship between client and contractor. It was such pleasure to work on this project and brought great personal satisfaction when we completed this successful project.”

There are plans to upgrade the heating and cooling systems in all eight hotels within The Doyle Collection to ensure that they all comply with the latest regulations, are as energy efficient as possible, and, above all, provide the utmost comfort to guests.

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