Airbloc, part of AmbiRad, now a Reznor brand, completed a project to refurbish gates at the National Express coach station in Digbeth, Birmingham.
Digbeth Coach Station (now known as Birmingham Coach Station) is a major transport interchange, offering services to destinations all over Britain, as well as Belfast and Dublin, and recently benefited from a £15m refurbishment. It is now the site of National Express’ headquarters.
The previous building had eight coach boarding gates and two external entrances that required protection from the ingress of cold outside air. These eight gates led to a high volume of cold air entering the building while passengers were boarding.
The challenge was to keep cold air out and complement the architectural style of the building, but with low visual impact.
Airbloc proposed the use of LPHW heated air curtains, which were an ideal solution. These run at a low speed when the doors are shut, until the doors open, at which point the fan speed rises. The heat output is controlled by a temperature sensor on each doorway, to ensure the correct comfort conditions within the space.
Airbloc provided eight bespoke, 2.4m wide AC air curtain units. They were powder-coated to the exact colour of the doors to blend in to the door frame and were manufactured to the exact width of the door surround to give a consistent architectural effect. Air curtains on the main door entrances were also supplied in a colour-matched powder coat.