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Article Date: 18th January 2018

Uponor - Dudley College Shortlisted for H&V Awards

Dudley College - H and V Awards - Tabs System

Uponor - Dudley College

Heating, cooling, plumbing and infrastructure specialist, Uponor, has been shortlisted for a prestigious H&V News award for the TABS (thermally active building system) installation at Dudley College’s Advance II construction training facility.

The scheme is one of just 5 schemes to be shortlisted in the Project of the Year category. The winner will be announced at a gala awards dinner at London’s Grosvenor Hotel on 19th April.

Now complete and occupied by Dudley College’s staff and students, the Advance II project is the fifth development on the further education college’s ‘Learning Quarter’ campus and will provide both classroom and vocational learning for careers in the construction sector. Uponor worked with the college’s estates team, the architect, the building services consultant and the main contractor from the concept design stage of the building to ensure that the TABS infrastructure was built into the energy strategy for the scheme.

Explains Uponor application specialist James Griffiths: "A TABS has to be installed as part of the structural works so early engagement was critical to the success of the project. The college’s goal was to create a building that showcases advanced construction methods and delivers maximum environmental performance and operational efficiency within the available budget. The TABS from Uponor was the ideal solution, working with the heavily insulated building fabric to provide low cost heating and cooling and delivering an ambient, comfortable indoor environment all year round at low cost and with virtually no maintenance."

The award entry demonstrated the benefits of the TABS system and the added value provided by Uponor’s technical team through early engagement with both the end user and their FM team, including a visit to a similar installation at Manchester Metropolitan University. The entry placed a clear focus on the importance of developing a heating and cooling strategy that complements both the building fabric and the end user’s requirements, providing a fit and forget solution that offers operational benefits in terms of both cost and maintenance.

Steve Johnson, director of estates and capital projects at Dudley College adds: "We are delighted with the TABS in the Advance II building and with the whole experience of working with Uponor from the early design stages right through to installation of the pipework on site and commissioning pre-occupancy.

"It’s no surprise that the project has been shortlisted for the H&V News Project of the Year award and we wish Uponor every success at the awards dinner in April."

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