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Case study | Maxwell Park Community Centre

Delivering Heat Recovery Ventilation – Where & When It’s Needed The Most

Coronavirus has emphasised the importance of adequate ventilation as an integral part of our everyday lives, providing a supply of clean fresh air, combined with air movement where we work, at home and where we learn and play.

The UK Health & Safety Executive also promotes effective ventilation as a means of preventing the spread of common viruses and airborne pollutants, especially when air indoors can be more polluted than outside air.

However, simply opening doors and windows as a form of ventilation can be impractical and, in some instances, not an option at all.

Maxwell Park Community Centre

The Maxwell Park Community Centre is a thriving fully equipped, multi-purpose indoor venue serving the local Borehamwood community.

The Centre hosts a wide array of support groups, special interest clubs, classes and special events throughout the year in their Main Hall and supporting Lounge and Studio rooms.

At the heart of the Centre is the versatile Main Hall, capable of hosting up to 180 people for events, wedding receptions, parties, sports events and performances.

Maxwell Park Heat Recovery and Ventilation Installed

With no windows they can open, the Centre management spoke to Spheretech in Autumn 2020, seeking a ventilation solution to enable them to continue hosting future events safely and comfortably all year round.

Maxwell Park Community Centre

As an all-year-round venue, Spheretech specified a Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) solution, designed to supply sufficient tempered and filtered fresh air, heated with the recovered warmth from the extracted air.

The system installed ensures the room remains comfortable during colder months but, with the advantage of twin energy recovery heat exchangers, each capable of delivering 2000 cubic meters of fresh air every hour.

Allied to adequate ventilation, the Centre management also requested minimal duct work to maintain the aesthetics of the room.

Spheretech therefore designed the ventilation system with heat exchangers positioned at high level, close to the external walls, with short ductwork and specially designed swan neck ducting and swirl diffusers to allow an even distribution of fresh air throughout the room.

Marc Knibbs, Spheretech Commercial Director adds,

“The most practical solution to ventilate an indoor space is to open doors and windows. For many venues and businesses this can be impractical, deliver inadequate fresh air & movement and can be uncomfortable during colder months and for some Clients such as Maxwell Park, it is not an option at all.

A key aspect to this brief was to ensure the Main Hall at Maxwell Park remains properly ventilated and comfortable in all seasons and regardless if the rooms is being used for sports or for weddings.

One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is that by installing a HRV system, our Client has demonstrated their consideration and foresight to provide a comfortable and safe environment for their community now and for the future.”

June Kempton, Maxwell Park Community Centre Manager commented on the installation,

“We found Spheretech Ltd a very approachable and efficient company, they understood exactly what we required in providing our hirers with a safe ventilated environment.

As a Community Centre we have a wide range of activities and groups, the heat recovery ventilation system will to enable them to continue with their activities.

We would like to thank all of their staff for their friendly and helpful approach from the initial meeting to the final installation.”.

For more information on Maxwell Park Community Centre, visit their website http://maxwellpcc.org

Fresh Air Supply & Ventilation – Further Information

  • If your venue or workplace would benefit from a free, no obligation site survey from Spheretech to determine your ventilation requirements, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please click here
  • For the latest Health & Safety Executive advice on using air conditioning and ventilation in your workplace click here
  • The Government has also published a handy guide to working in offices and contact centres during coronavirus, including ventilation recommendations designed to help mitigate the transmission risk of coronavirus. For further information click here

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