Linear Control Systems installs BMS at Manchester university’s Birley Fields

Birley FieldsLinear Control Systems have recently completed the installation of the Building Management System at a project which is part of the Manchester Metropolitan University, called Birley Fields.
Birley Fields is the final stage of a £350m investment in new campus facilities for Manchester Metropolitan University. It is the largest construction project in their 10-year plan to consolidate from seven campus locations to two by 2014.
This September saw Birley, the new world-class centre for Education and Health Professionals, open. Birley Fields is a key development, not only for the university, but also for the residents and businesses of Hulme.
Designed by architects Sheppard Robson and Goddard Wybor Practice Ltd, Birley Fields is an inspiring building, the ground floor of which offers facilities for community use.
Birley Fields was built with the environment in mind and Linear Controls played a major role in making the campus eco-friendly by installing an the energy efficient Building Management System.
Cylon was the preferred building energy management solution, by the university, Linear have been working closely with Cylon and the university over many years and have an exceptional knowledge of the product and site. Having undertaken various projects working alongside Sir Robert McAlpine and NG Baileys.
The system compromises more than 4,000 points, IP based, Modbus and BacNet, integrated onto the university head end and over the web.

Software strategy

A user friendly graphical representation was designed and configured in house by Linear application engineers. Linear’s software strategy was designed alongside Aecom and NGB, in close working partnership, to ensure the highest efficiency.
Linear in-house combined co2, temperature and humidity sensors were utilised, to control the natural ventilation, over Modbus, allowing for a cost saving on electrical installation and controller count.
Extensive commissioning was then undertaken with all parties to ensure a defect free project was delivered to the client.
The site was split in two separate blocks, with an energy centre feeding the new student accommodation blocks, providing district heating to numerous buildings.
Borehole technology has again been utilised on site, following on from previous projects. There is also a Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP). This integrates the production of usable heat and power in one single, highly efficient process. This is controlled via the BMS.
Working in partnership with everyone involved in construction, as well as students and the public, Linear has created a sustainable university, which goes beyond being carbon neutral and actually has a positive environmental impact.

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