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Oventrop shows its valve capabilities in flagship building at University of Manchester

Published:  03 July, 2008

Hundred of Oventrop valves of all types have been installed in this flagship development at the University of Manchester.

Oventrop valves have been used throughout a new flagship building at the University of Manchester. University Place is part of a £650 million capital programme at the university, for which M&E consultant is R. W. Gregory LLP of Manchester. The Oventrop valves were selected by M&E contractor SES.

As well as valves for heating and cooling, an extensive range of hydronic balancing valves are used to serve three blocks and energy centres. To prevent the risk of legionella, Aquastrom T Plus multi-function secondary-circulation regulating valves have been used on DHW return circuits.

Various academic and ancillary functions are housed in University Place. They include student services, catering, the School of Nursing, Institute of Health Sciences and a new accommodation block.

1200 sets of thermostatic radiator valves and lockshield valves have been installed, and the energy centre also uses Oventrop valves on water and gas services. Extensive use has been made of commissioning sets, differential-pressure regulators, strainers, butterfly and ball isolation valves.

The Aquastrom T Plus multi-function valves were chosen for their ability to pasteurise the DHW system, simplify commissioning and provide significant energy savings by thermostatically controlling temperature and flow in the system. They are factory set at 57°C and operate as temperature-control valves on the DHW return. Once the temperature in the recirculating system reaches set point, the valve throttles down to a residual minimum flow to limit heat loss. When the temperature in the return pipe falls, the valves allow more flow to eliminate cool dead legs and the risk of legionella.

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