Fantech getting top marks at colleges in Dublin

Dublin-based Fantech Ventilation has recently won the contracts to supply products for three prestigious projects at various colleges in and around the city.  The projects at Trinity College, Dublin, National University College, Maynooth and University College, Dublin were all characterised by demanding installation programmes.

Trinity College Dublin is internationally recognised as Ireland's premier university. It was founded in 1592 and is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin.  Originally established outside the city walls, it is Ireland's oldest university and one of the older universities of Western Europe.  The Trinity College Bio Science project involves the relocation of academic departments and groups from existing buildings to a new purpose-built building on nearby Grand Canal Quay. The project reflects the College’s positioning at the forefront of research and discovery in this dynamic area of science and engineering.

Fantech first supplied a number of bespoke air-handling units (AHU) of quite different sizes for the new Bio Science testing centre, being equipped by engineering contractors, Riverside Mechanical Limited of Ballycoolin, Dublin.  The units were all freestanding vertical units with heat recovery facilities that were specially built for the project, which comprised three laboratories.  As space in the plant rooms was limited, size was a determining factor in the selection of the units. The equipment was delivered and fitted in sections to facilitate site installation for Riverside Mechanical.

Having successfully completed the supply and installation of the bespoke air-handling units at Trinity, the pairing was asked to undertake a similar project for the University College at Maynooth in County Kildare under an equally demanding installation schedule.

The National University of Ireland, Maynooth is Ireland's second oldest university institution, tracing its origins back to 1795.  It is Ireland’s fastest growing university and is located 20km west of Dublin.  It has recently undergone a major phase of expansion in research, teaching and service facilities.  For the lecture theatre in the new Research Building, Fantech again supplied Riverside Mechanical with a number of heat recovery air-handling units which were delivered in sections to simplify site installation. The state-of-the-art building, to be completed later this year, will house 350 students and 200 academic staff and researchers, including three of the University’s world-renowned research institutes.

Fantech also supplied various products from the Elta Fans’ ‘Select’ range for a project in Roebuck Hall II, a new student residence project at University College, Dublin, Ireland’s largest research-intensive university.  Founded in 1854, UCD is the most popular choice for Irish students, leads the nation in research funding and has undergone a recent rapid rise up the international university rankings – placed 94 in the world in the recent Times Higher Education – Thompson Reuters World Rankings.  Today UCD has 25,000 students including 6,000 postgraduates, 2,000 PhD students and 6,000 international students drawn from over 100 countries.

A total of nearly 700 student rooms and ancillary accommodation, is being built in five high quality freestanding buildings within open space, on the UCD Belfield Campus in the vicinity of Roebuck Castle.  The project involves construction to a very high, energy performance level to adjoin the recently completed 300 room Roebuck Hall I residence.  The buildings will have a very low carbon footprint and are designed to be an ‘exemplary’ statement of sustainable development.  Consultant engineers Delap & Waller approved the products for the ventilation system on the project, which was completed in September 2010.

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