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Article Date: 7th May 2020

LG Mounts Rapid Response Project for WEWORK on London Offices

LG, Rapid Response Project, WEWORK

LG has been involved in one of its largest and quickest turnaround projects ever in the UK, utilising the flexibility and ease of installation of its new Multi V VRF system, working alongside WEWORK and its contractors and installers at Aviation House, on Kingsway in central London.

The project had a timeframe window of just sixteen weeks, and the design and build project involved the refurbishment of 14,394m² of office space over eight floors with a full CAT A fit out. Vish Sodhi is National Specification Senior Sales Manager, LG UK Business Solutions: “LG Multi V 5 VRF system was customised to match We Work specifications”. The timeframe was tighter than any previous project undertaken by LG in the UK and saw exceptionally close liaison between LG and main contractors KENTEX Services, to get the job completed on time. The latest LATS software helped contractors and installers determine everything from changing evaporation temperatures, setting noise values and configuring the capacity for variable fan speeds to electrical inputs as per actual design and equipment selection.

KENTEX’s senior mechanical design engineer is Yousef Juji: “The LG Multi V VRF solution was selected because it could be customised to match WEWORK’s specifications and for the reliability of the system.” There were a number of key challenges to overcome on the project, not unlike a hurdles race on an athletics running track. Once one had been overcome successfully there was another immediately ahead, and another, and another. Not least of these were the environmental challenges. The installation needed to meet the allowable noise level standards without losing capacity. WEWORKs Aviation House sits snugly between commercial and residential spaces, and it has a limited rooftop space for the external units, necessitating for some of the external units to be located at ground level. These required soundproof walls to ensure the noise requirements laid out in the UK’s national planning policy were met.

The soundproof walls inevitably caused air suction capacity loss. Devising the most viable design of acoustic chamber through accurate analytical skills was the first hurdle to overcome. LG attempted to design several types of chamber but according to CFD analysis they were unlikely to achieve the targeted capacity without causing short cycling. At the third attempt however, the design and analysis devised by LG achieved a successful CFD result that confirmed that it could reach the targeted capacity through smooth air suction.

The next hurdle was resolving the high evaporating temperatures due to the exposed ceilings in the fit-out design. The high evaporating temperatures were causing a problem. The duct work connected to the indoor units were not insulated in the exposed ceiling installation. To prevent condensation forming on the surface of the connected duct, all indoor units were designed to operate at a higher evaporating temperature than normal, targeting a discharge temperature of 12°C or above. However, factory produced indoor units are designed to operate at 6°C evaporating temperature which results in a discharge air temperature of around 10°C or 11°C. In order to achieve a higher discharging air temperature, fan coil performance data was developed for an evaporating temperature of 9°C for a supply air temperature of 12°C-14°C.

The final hurdle was control – utilising a control system that was compatible with the building’s Building Management System. This was less of a challenge in that LG had a sophisticated response ready and waiting. It had to develop an optimal interface with the on-site BMS to enable reliable, comprehensive control. For this LG installed its AC Smart 5 without the need for any additional devices. AC Smart 5 can easily link LG’s air conditioning units to other existing BMS via BACnet. For this project, tests were carried out to ensure the controller was compatible with the Trend system of the building’s BMS and its controllers. And the outcome was immediate success.

John Skudder is managing director of Skuddair, the installers on this project: “The majority of WEWORK projects are short term, quick turnaround programs,” he says. “Working with LG was impressive as their kit was delivered on time and their support was always available. Aviation House had 350 fan coil units and 28 condensers installed over a tight ten-week program. LG provided timely technical support and onsite training for our installation team. They were also impressive with commissioning assistance and on-site support.”

Overall, it was a fruitful experience for everyone and we can proudly say this project has proved that LG is not only an HVAC solutions provider but also a true business partner.

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