The Bloomsbury Hotel, London completes £1m AC upgrades

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The Bloomsbury Hotel completed the £1m installation of a new air-conditioning system throughout the Grade II-listed building at the end of September.

The operations team worked with an external contractor, Temperature Control, to integrate the system into the period property over eight months.

The installation was necessary to comply with government legislation introduced in January 2010 to reduce UK companies’ use of ozone depleting substances and greenhouse gases.

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All ozone-depleting R22 refrigerants had to be removed, which involved replacing the existing air-conditioning system that operated using the R22 refrigerant.

General manager Michael Neve said: “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”.

He said the listed neo-Georgian building, 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 upgrades.

To cause minimal disruption to guests or displace large amounts of revenue, the installation took place in scheduled stages, managed by Neve, business development director Wayne Buckley and Temperature Control project engineer Andy Grundy.

Grundy said: “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,” he added.

It is expected that the new air-conditioning system will save energy, reducing CO2 emissions by around 30%. The hotel also expects the new system will improve comfort levels for guests, particularly in the meetings and events spaces.

There are plans to upgrade the heating and cooling systems in all eight hotels within The Doyle Collection.

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