Athlone’s new river-front Luan Gallery has just been officially opened, where Fantech Ventilation has provided a full ventilation package comprising two air handling units (AHUs), supply and extract grilles, fans and ducting.
The facility is a purpose built modern gallery in the centre of Ireland, incorporating the old gallery sympathetically restored, with a contemporary glass section over a boardwalk area. Fantech Ventilation supplies products from fellow Elta Group companies Elta Fans and Fastlane Ventilation Equipment as well as a number of leading European manufacturers of ancillary products such as grilles, diffusers, ducting (flexible and spiral), fire and volume control dampers and duct fittings and accessories.
The air handling units supplied by Fantech for Luan Gallery comprised one Komfovent heat recovery VERSO50 and a Komfovent heat recovery REGO1600HW. VERSO units are completely prewired and have integrated automatic control; they are compact in design, quiet in operation and have low energy consumption. The REGO unit is a model from the Komfovent range of customised units that can implement energy recuperation, heating, cooling, humidifying, dehumidifying, filtration and sound attenuating performance. Alternatively, they can be used just as supply/exhaust units. The model supplied to mechanical contractors Midland Heating and Plumbing was equipped with a rotary heat exchanger, delivering temperature efficiencies of up to 80%. The gallery order also included an Elta Fans SLC 560 and an SLC 710 – two models from Elta’s ‘Revolution’ range of long-cased axial fans, both fitted with adjustable-pitch, aerofoil-section, bladed impellers. The range offers performance combined with strength, durability and corrosion-resistance. Also part of the project was the provision of supply and extract grilles with motorised swirls, slot diffusers and four-way diffusers, along with a ducting system.
The plant room within the gallery complex is very compact and space is severely restricted. Fantech was approached when it was realised that models from the original manufacturer specified, while able to fit within the confined space, would not deliver the required levels of performance. After close consultation with Axis Engineering of Dublin, Fantech supplied the consulting engineer’s preferred choice of Komfovent and Elta units. Athlone, a town steeped in history, stands at the natural fording point between east and west on the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river. The new gallery, which is overlooked by the landmark Athlone Castle, was named Luan Gallery as the result of a competition staged by the town council. One version of the history of the town’s name involves its first entrepreneur, Luan MacLuighdeach. He allegedly lived at the end of the first century close to the Shannon and frequently guided travellers across the river. In time, the crossing became known as ‘the Ford of Luan’ or ‘Áth Luain’ - according to Gearoid O’Brien, the specialist in Athlone local history. The official opening of the gallery, which will cater mostly for the visual arts, took place on 29th November and was conducted by Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Gallery was then opened to the public on 30th November, with an inaugural exhibition featuring work from the prestigious Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).