Air conditioning & Manchester’s property developmentThe city of Manchester has witnessed some of the most high profile new developments in the UK in recent years. The 200-acre Media City development in Salford Quays has finally broken the capital’s stranglehold on the nation’s media output, and the National Football Museum in the city centre has attracted legions of football fans to the home of two of the biggest clubs in the world game.
In 2016, there looks to be no abatement in the imposing sight of numerous cranes dotted across the Manchester skyline.
All new developments require climate control, and the beauty of air conditioning systems is that they are flexible to new developments and also the faithful restoration of refurbished properties. With this in mind, air conditioning systems have become integral to development projects and increasingly prominent in architectural design and construction.
This year has already seen announcements that online fast fashion retailer Boohoo is spending £1.6million on re-developing its Northern Quarter base in Manchester. The company has acquired a property on China Lane close to its current headquarters.
Elsewhere, insurance and pensions group Aviva have bought 100,000 square feet of property on Portland Street, formerly known as Westminster House, and plan to completely refurbish the prime city centre location.
There is also a boom in residential schemes in Manchester at the moment, with 13 projects currently ongoing, totalling 2,982 individual residential units.
Naturally, the installation of air conditioning systems makes sense for new-build developments where pipework, vents and fan units can be easily incorporated into the shell of the developing building framework.
However, older buildings and even listed buildings can easily have air conditioning systems installed to offer revolutionary environmental controls to developments that pre-date even gas central heating. It is also relatively simple for new systems to replace outdated ones.
Air conditioning systems are a fundamental, cost-effective solution to employee well being and a staple ingredient in the infrastructure of good organisations. As such, environmental controls are a standard feature of most new commercial and residential developments, with their aesthetic design adding to climate control of individual rooms and heat recovery systems which make sense from both cosmetic and financial viewpoints.
As the third biggest metropolitan economy in the UK, Manchester continues to be at the forefront of business development and construction. 2016 sees no signs of that slowing down and therefore air conditioning systems are playing an increasingly important and direct role in the UK economy.