Developing Exellence

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The opening of the landmark City Football Academy in Manchester has given vent to sustainable excellence- right through to its ventilation.

The £87.9m, 80 acre complex adjacent to the Club’s stadium – heralded as a global centre of excellence- reaches the gold standard under LEED guidelines. Part of the low carbon target has been met by using local manufacturer Gilberts of Blackpool to produce and supply the ventilation grilles and diffusers.

Gilberts’ products feature in the ceilings and floors of the Central Training Facility for the club’s first team, NW Development Building for up to 400 young players, and FM (facilities management) Building. Gilberts’ standard GRC circular multi cone diffusers, GFSS floor swirl diffusers and HGH high strength sports & gymnasium grilles have all been included, as well as a number of bespoke units.

Combined, the components ensure a good yet quiet distribution of air through the complex’s security command centre, classrooms, staff offices, media centre, gym, refectory, injury and rehabilitation centre, and changing rooms.

Gilberts GRC circular diffusers deliver a modern, aerodynamic design with an omni directional discharge, giving an even distribution of air at high volume, with low noise levels (≤40dB).

The GFSS floor swirl diffusers are unique in appearance, with a stainless steel micro slot pattern design which provides a draught-free swirl displacement airflow through the floors. The slot pattern is purpose-designed to minimise risk of snagging or heel penetration.

Gilberts’ HGH sports & gymnasium grilles are a strong, steel design that provides a 37% free area with design features in line with SportEngland guidelines.

Gilberts’ managing director Jonathan Haslam observes:
“We understand that some 70% of the recruitment and procurement for the Academy project has been local; Gilberts is the North West’s leading air movement specialist, and with our unique, in-house design, engineering and R&D capability, we have the resources and capability to deliver similar sustainable excellence.”

All Gilberts’ systems are engineered to order, in the UK. Founded 50 years ago, privately owned Gilberts is unique in having its own, on-site (85,000ft2) manufacturing facility, producing engineered solutions, with an in-house test centre. Technical expertise is supported by bespoke software developed in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, addressing air movement and flow simulation/ computation fluid dynamics.