Comfortable and fire-safe environment for Jaguar Land Rover UK
Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull facility has recently benefited from an incredible £1.5bn investment to develop it into one of the world’s leading aluminium-focused car manufacturing plants. Now home to the best-selling Jaguar F-Pace vehicle, it houses thousands of employees and visitors and holds millions of pounds worth of stock in addition to hi-tech robotic manufacturing components.
Jaguar Land Rover has entrusted Brakel Airvent with the safety of this enormous facility (cover approximately the same area as 22 football pitches) from a smoke control and environmental health perspective, calling on the company to undertake upgrade and refurbishment works that centred on the installation of no less than 244 ‘Eura’ smoke vents manufactured within the Brakel group.
As Jaguar Land Rover gives high priority to sustainability, the company chose Eura smoke vents with enhanced insulated 25mm louvres offering excellent U-values.
Brakel Airvent’s smoke control systems also offer durable day-to-day ventilation; for example this system is mainly used for daily ventilation and environmental cooling. The result is a pleasant indoor climate based on natural updraughts; a silent, energy saving solution that also dramatically reduces maintenance costs when compared to active cooling systems such as air conditioning.
Initially the ventilation system was specified for smoke clearance in case of fire. The car production facility in Solihull is split into seven large smoke clearance zones; if a fire breaks out, the louvered Eura ventilators ensure that smoke is effectively discharged via the roof. This means that anyone present in the premises can evacuate quickly and safely. Also the fire service can quickly locate the exact source of the fire within the large area and its personnel will not be hampered by smoke.