British Film Institute

JBE have successfully completed the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the Mechanical and Electrical Services associated with the complex & highly technical National Film Archive for BFI.

The building is used for storing old film reels made of acetate and nitrate which are highly flammable. The films are of great historical value and it was therefore vital that the building services were designed to the exacting standards as set out in the ER’s. In order to stop decomposition and ensure safety, the vaults need to be kept at -5°C and 35% relative humidity.

Mechanical Services included LTHW Heating, Sub-Zero Chilled Water (at -12°C), Mechanical Ventilation, Heat Recovery Ventilation, Humidity Control, Domestic Hot and Cold Water, Foul Drainage, Automatic Controls and Wiring and Sanitary Ware.

Electrical Services included LV Distribution and Switchgear, Small Power, Internal Lighting, Emergency Lighting, External Lighting, Lighting Controls, CCTV, Fire Alarm, Intruder Alarm, Access Control, Disabled Alarm Systems, Alone Working Alarm System, Fire Suppression Systems, Data, Lightning Protection, Earthing and Bonding.

This project achieved its BREEAM target of Excellent.

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