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Article Date: 28th February 2017

Airedale & Arup’s New Product a Finalist in Ecobuild & M&S Big Innovation Pitch 2017

Air Conditioning Units - Arup Consultancy - Fan Coil Unit

Airdale - Artus™  Hybrid Fan Coil Unit

Airedale International Air Conditioning, in partnership with ARUP consultancy, are delighted to have a new product Artus™, shortlisted for the Ecobuild and Marks & Spencer (M&S) - Big Innovation Pitch.

The Big Innovation Pitch, now in its 3rd year, stems from M&S’ Plan A commitment, which aims to help protect the planet with responsible sourcing, reduced waste and community support. The Big Innovation Pitch is an initiative designed to identify innovations across the sustainable design, construction and energy sectors.

The winner of the coveted award will be decided during Ecobuild 2017, 7-9 March at ExCel London where Airedale and Arup will vie for the accolade alongside four other retail engineering innovations ranging from heating and cooling systems to simulation software.

Airedale and Arup received recognition for their new product, the Artus™ Hybrid Fan Coil Unit (FCU), due to launch in July 2017.

With sustainability, innovation and efficiency at its core, Artus™ combines the flexibility of traditional fan coil units with the low-energy usage of chilled beams, at a cost, comparable with FCUs.

Airedale - ARUP & Airedale LogoThe hybrid promises to solve the biggest complaints in comfort cooling, including; energy efficiency, draughts and dead spots, space claim of secondary ductwork, unit footprint, cluttered ceiling void services, and restrictive access for maintenance and installation.

Artus™ offers a fully-packaged, plug-and-play, single-supplier system and a host of benefits. These include self-access, reduced ceiling clutter and minimised ceiling void heights. As the unit is fully-packaged, there is no need for the specification of ancillary controls, valves, diffusers or spigots. This is of huge benefit to installers, reducing cost and greatly increasing speed of commissioning. It is perfect for both; cost-sensitive new-builds, height constrained refurbishments and energy conscious end-users.

Commenting on the shortlisted finalists, Imogen Cust, Engineering R&D Manager, M&S Property and Facilities said: "It was great to see UK inventors and UK-manufactured products solving problems which have the potential to address the energy challenge across the wider construction industry, as well as help us meet our ambitious targets. We are looking forward to the final day’s judging and to choosing our next new supplier of engineering innovation!"

Tony Cole, Managing Director, Airedale remarked, "To get shortlisted is fantastic for Airedale and Arup. It shows the potential for Artus™ and recognition from an international, multi-channel retailer. We have great synergy with M&S as we strive to sell high quality, great value products to our customers.

Airedale - M&S Big Innovation Pitch"When Roger Olsen, the inventor from Arup presented the concept to us, we relished the chance to look at a traditional problem, from a different perspective. The Artus™ was conceptualised, designed, developed and manufactured in the UK; with potential for worldwide application. To be shortlisted as an Ecobuild and Marks & Spencer (M&S) Big Innovation Pitch finalist makes all involved particularly proud."

Roger Olsen, Associate Director, Arup added, "I am delighted that Airedale picked up and ran with my concept design, turning 'Artus' into a brilliantly engineered product that is about to burst onto the market. It is a ‘long-awaited step change’ to the air conditioning industry, with architectural delight. And made in Britain too."

The Artus™ will be presented as a shortlisted finalist at the Ecobuild and M&S ‘Big Innovation Pitch’, Ecobuild, London ExCel, Tuesday 7 March, 5pm. The winner will be announced thereafter.

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