Thanks to the compact design of The Kingspan KoolDuct System and KoolDuct Panels, Kingspan KoolDuct Delivery Partner, cg3 Systems, has achieved a millimetre-perfect HVAC fit-out of a new multi-million pound sports and leisure complex located in Newry city centre, Northern Ireland.
When it opens this summer, Phase 2 of the Newry Leisure Centre will further Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s aim to create a modern facility. Built to a high specification, the building promotes both accessibility and functionality whilst also offering value for money for ratepayers and customers. Adding to the Centre’s existing swimming facilities, the new development will accommodate eight-court and four-court sports halls, handball and squash courts, dry changing facilities, a fitness suite, soft-play and crèche areas, a café and facilities.
The Kingspan KoolDuct System and circular ductwork formed from Kingspan KoolDuct Panels offered an innovative HVAC solution for this phase. Unlike galvanised steel, both systems are pre-insulated using Kingspan KoolDuct panels. This design eliminates the time-consuming lagging stage and can save as much as 200 mm ceiling void space in a single dimension. This was a key consideration on the project as cg3 Systems had to install the new ductwork within pre-castellated steel beams.
Rori Millar, BIM and Coordination Manager at cg3 Systems, discussed the challenge:
“Due to the castellated beams, it was essential that the quantities of ductwork were almost millimetre perfect. This required careful clash detection implementation, measurement and coordination. The 3D modelling as part of the BIM process at pre-site stage, in addition to guidance and support from Kingspan’s superb technical team, ensured the ductwork systems would fit properly. Onsite, it was installed exactly in accordance with the 3D models, and included many offsets and pieces which simply wouldn’t have been possible with sheet-metal type ductwork.”
The rigid phenolic core of Kingspan KoolDuct Panels can achieve thermal conductivities as low as 0.022 W/m.K and have been assigned a BRE Green Guide Summary Rating of A. Ductwork fabricated from The Kingspan KoolDuct System can reduce air–leakage rates to a fraction of those typical of rectangular sheet metal ductwork. This innovative System thus offers the triple benefits of cutting energy use, cutting operational carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and cutting costs.
Kingspan KoolDuct Panels are suitable for internal and external applications. Their rigid phenolic insulation core is manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP).