SubCool FM have recently completed the installation of 2 major chiller replacements at the Magistrate’s court in the heart of Cambridge. We were awarded the work after a competitive tender process. SubCool FM was able to provide a great value-added option, with expertise and experience in commercial and corporate projects.
Project and equipment
Following detailed site surveys to precisely plan the works and be ready to deal with the complex project, our skilled engineers took on the site as the main contractor. We were charged with replacing 2 x 5 year-old Mercury chillers. We were able to suggest and provide equipment that better fit the site installing 2 x Daikin EWAT215 lower height chillers and the surrounding pipework that updated and improved the capacity and functionality of cooling throughout the internal building.
Cambridge Magistrate’s Court fourth floor roof site, chiller replacement in progress
SubCool FM carried out all main contractor duties in full accordance with the Construction Design and Management Regulations. The specifications included:
- Replacing 2 x 220kw mercury chillers
- Replacing primary pumps
- Replacing all associated pipework
- New trace heating
- New lagging
- New chiller basis
- Minimum court disruption
- Dealing with a Saturday night road closure
Challenges - day and night
Crane lifting chillers into place by night with road closure
The Court is located in the middle of the busy city centre within a shopping site – the chillers are located on the 4th floor roof area and had to be navigated – both old chillers off and new equipment on, onto the site promptly and safely.
Given the central location and need to minimise disruption to the courts and the wider central surrounding area, the chillers were installed out-of-hours involving a late-night road closure. Work undertaken in normal working hours was done so keeping disruption to an absolute minimum to those using the court rooms.
The project was smoothly delivered on time and on budget by the SubCool FM team, with no issues despite all the challenges faced.