NEW MUSIC STUDIOS CHOOSE LG AIR CONDITIONING
Some of the most intriguing buildings are ones you can walk past and simply not know they are there! So walking down Broad Passage in Acton in West London you can walk past the door to five impressive new music studios and have absolutely no idea what has been cleverly crafted in the basement of a building which sits under a row of shops in The Vale that have apartments above them, right in the centre of Acton.
The door to the studios opens to reveal a narrow entrance pathway to steps down into the basement of the building and on entering the studios you find yourself in a small reception area with a fully equipped kitchen. A corridor in front of you leads to the five studios that have somehow been incorporated into the building each one effectively a sound proofed pod that ‘floats’ in its own space so that noise generated in any of them does not interfere with the studio next door, or cause issues with the shops above the studios or the apartments on the first floor and above. Created by Nick Sonuga of StudioSixMusic these studios offer recording facilities to the highly active music scene in West London in plush surroundings that benefit from all the facilities you would expect of such a facility but not exactly where you might expect to find them! This includes highly effective, very low noise air conditioning with a high efficiency heat exchanger, to keep each studio comfortable however many people are in them at any one time.
The air conditioning was supplied by M3R Climate. M3R Climate is an expert in LG equipment: “We like the options LG equipment offers us,” says Ryan Kontoh.
“The equipment we specified the Multi V S [model ref: ARUN040GSSO] for the studios in Acton was a perfect fit because we were able to fit the LG ERV ventilation unit and the condenser in a very tight space in what is effectively an alley way and to ensure that it was capable of delivering a maximum of 12.5kW of cooling for the five studios in the basement. We find the equipment simple to install and very flexible – in this project, space was at a premium but we were able to overcome any issues easily. We also love the LG controls – with the LG pedigree in electronics it is no real surprise that the controls are excellent – very intuitive and easy for new users to pick up and understand to control the climate in each studio as they need it.”
“We were delighted to be involved in this project,” says Mike Price - Midlands Account Manager from LG. “It’s a pleasure to work with Ryan and the guys at M3R – they understand our equipment and ensure that their customers get the best from it once its installed. This was an excellent use of our equipment in a very tight installation envelope and proved that when you have a vision for a building it is possible to incorporate what you need in it, without compromising if you use the right equipment combined with expertise and know how.”
EQUIPMENT: MULTI-SPLIT + ARTCOOL GALLERY
AIR CONDITIONING AS PRIMARY HEAT SOURCE IN HOME COUNTIES VICTORIAN HOME REFURBISHMENT
A recent refurbishment project on a Victorian detached home in the Home Counties has seen the interesting use of multi split air conditioning equipment to provide the primary heating source for the home as well as comfort cooling in the warmer months of the year. The project is an interesting joint venture between air conditioning manufacturer LG, M3R Climate, an air conditioning specialist from Milton Keynes and air conditioning contractors KV Cooling from Stanmore.
As a result of a range of refurbishment activities, the home stands out from surrounding houses on the leafy road close to the M25 and as soon as you enter the property its apparent the owner has been keen to incorporate a wide range of renewable and energy saving elements to the home.Triple glazed window units, the air conditioning system with a traditional condensing boiler ‘back up’ heating system, underfloor heating downstairs and high levels of insulation make this sizeable property very cosy. Add to this solar panels on the south facing roof and you begin to get a feel for this impressive home.
The homeowner says “the LG ARTCOOL Gallery units, heats and cools brilliantly and uses less energy than a boiler providing very rapid response from the remote controls that came with the units”.
Two Multi-split condensers [Model ref: MU4M25.U43 and MU3M19.UE3] are wall mounted outside the property each connected to two ARTCOOL Gallery units indoors – two in the lounge and two upstairs – one each in the master bedroom and in the children’s bedroom. The upstairs ARTCOOL units can deliver a cooling capacity of 2.64 kW and a heating capacity of 2.93kW whilst the downstairs units can deliver 3.52kW of cooling and 3.87kW of heating. “We’re being asked to supply significantly more of these units to provide primary heating and summer time comfort cooling in domestic applications” says Ryan Kontoh from M3R Climate. “We work closely with LG and recognise the warmth that customers have to a brand that is so well known, albeit for TVs and mobile phones. There is an expectation that the equipment will be top of the range and it is. They are genuinely impressed with their purchase and decision.”
“It’s certainly something we are seeing across the country,” says LG’s Andrew Slater, LG’s Technical and Research Senior Manager. “There is a growing awareness of the flexibility of our equipment and a willingness to see what we sell as air conditioning equipment is seen by many customers as a heating system that has the capability to provide comfort cooling in the summer months. It’s just a case of interpretation.”
Kish Vaghela managing director and Yovan Popov, senior engineer at KV Cooling were both impressed by the ease of installation of the LG equipment and its performance once it was up and running: “We haven’t installed a lot of LG equipment before but have to admit it was pretty impressive,” says Kish. “The performance statistics are good and the feedback from the customer is very encouraging – we like to have happy customers and that’s what this system has given us in this case.”