As part of a £16m investment, The University of Hull was looking to provide a brand new sports centre for its 16,000 students and 2500 employees.
The existing sports hall was to be refurbished and transformed into a 120-station fitness suite, alongside the creation of a 12-court sports hall, floodlit 3G pitches, changing rooms and a new strength and conditioning suite.
The heating requirements for the new sports centre demanded a system that:
- Offers a rapid response to changed conditions
- Has frugal energy consumption
- Can be ‘zoned’ to heat only those areas in use
- Operates at low noise levels to comply with BB93
- Will not compromise the fabric of the building
Nortek Global HVAC, in conjunction with consulting engineers Arup, and M&E Contractors, Sleaford Building Services Ltd were able to provide the ideal sporting heating solution under the Reznor brand.
- Product: Nor-Ray-Vac system installed at 9m above finished floor level.
- Heaters: 6 x 38m modulating burners
- Roof height – eaves: 10.3m / apex 10.8m
- Control - dimensions: 34 x 20m
- Area: 2698m2
- Volume: 284,639m3
- Achieves a comfortable environmental temperature with approx. 5°C lower air temperature.
- No condensation on walls or floors. Nor-Ray-Vac eliminates condensation and moisture by directly heating walls and other surfaces.
- Radiant tube heaters mounted overhead, produce infrared radiant heat that is directed downward by a reflector. The infrared heat passes through the air without heating it and falls on people, floors and equipment below by creating a comfortable all round radiant warmth at low level, without wastefully heating the whole volume of the building or the roof space.
- Maximises efficiency, as the fuel is combusted at the point of use, thus eliminating any distribution losses.
- Comfortably warm environment for people using the building.
- Radiant heat warms objects and surfaces, increasing the mean radiant temperature and reducing the body’s loss of heat to its surroundings. In addition by eliminating air movement, convective loss of heat from the body is also reduced.
- Warms muscles prior to strenuous activity.
- Provides rapid response times to changed conditions.
Following the handover of the facility in 2019 the new sporting facility at University of Hull is now providing students and staff with state-of-the-art facilities for all to enjoy. This project was also key to unlocking the remainder of the planned capital projects £200m master plan.