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Media City, Manchester

Protection from the effects of smoke and fire and low leakage air control for the air conditioning and ventilation systems serving Media City in Manchester is provided by our ACTIONAIR products

Catering to a mixed-use space

The 36 acre site – big enough for 18 football pitches – is also home to part of the University of Salford, a 218-bedroom hotel, 65,000m2 of premium office space, 7,500 m2 of retail space and 378 apartments. There’s parking for 2500 cars and 300 bicycles. Six large television studios are being constructed as part of the project; one of them the largest in western Europe. Media City will accommodate BBC North West and children’s programmes, to be followed in the near future by BBC Sport and Radio Five Live. A complex, like Media City, requires sophisticated protection from the twin dangers of smoke and fire.

Smoke recognised as the biggest threat

Legislation now recognises that it’s the thick, heavy, all prevailing smoke frequently produced by even a localised outbreak of fire that poses the greater threat. Smoke inhalation is disabling and all too often fatal. Ductwork is designed to distribute air efficiently. If protective measures are not engineered into the design in the form of effective fire and smoke dampers, it will be just as efficient in the distribution of smoke – quickly endangering building occupants not directly in contact with the fire zone.

Protected by ACTIONAIR dampers

Protection from the effects of smoke and fire and low leakage air control for the air conditioning and ventilation systems serving Media City in Manchester was provided by units from our ACTIONAIR product range. Building Services consultants for the Media City project were Aecom Europe and the mechanical and electrical contractor was N.G.Bailey Ltd. Ductwork contractors were WT Fabrications.