Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

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The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in the heart of Coventry has undergone a major redevelopment programme, with a natural ventilation system from SE Controls’ forming an integral part of Phase 1 - a new Creative Industries Centre, designed by London based architects Haworth Tompkins and services engineers Max Fordham.

SE Controls designed and installed a system that offered controlled ventilation via the BMS (Building Management System) creating three zones of operation throughout the gallery and museum. The BMS constantly monitored the temperature and levels of CO2, and automatically opens and closes specific windows by means of chain and linear window actuators dictated by changes in temperature and weather patterns.

Fresh, clean air is drawn in through four small low level fanlights and, by using the natural pressure differential that occurs throughout a building, stale air and CO2 is vented out through two groups of rooflights installed over the building’s stairwells.

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Client: Herbert Art Gallery

Haworth Tompkins


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