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Air conditioning company hits heights at iconic skyscraper

Closewood Air Conditioning has just successfully completed a £600,000 project at The Shard - Britain’s tallest building.

Technicians from the Havant-based company carefully fitted, tested and validated various new state-of-the-art systems on nine floors of the 87-storey tower at London Bridge.

Some 27 employees were working at any one time on the eight-month-long project, which included a hotel reception, lobby, staff areas, restaurants, catering area, champagne bar, plant room, lounges and hotel rooms.

Dean Kirby, Closewood’s managing director, said: “The Shard is our most prestigious project so far.

“It was also the most pressurised environment that we have worked in and the highest installation we have carried out.

“The project was completed on time and required strong commitment from our highly skilled employees, who worked nearly four months of night shifts.”

Dean added: “There was a real sense of professional pride, responsibility and feel-good factor about delivering this high quality and advanced installation at the Shard.

“To be involved in something so high profile - in height and reputation - and taking the project to completion gave us a real sense of achievement.”

Closewood installed and tested systems on the ground floor and upper floors up to level 52 - including ventilation, insulation and plumbing - and also had design input.

Sanitary ware installed was of a high specification from manufacturers such as Toto, Hansgrohe, Grohe & Duravit which was sourced from Germany.

Other specialist services engaged included Gaia underfloor heating and Closewood also working on the Trench heating system within the building.



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