Smoke control design for Cambridge Mosque
The new Mosque at Cambridge’s Mill Road is an architectural marvel; a truly beautiful place of worship for the city’s Muslims. The building is being built as a calm yet thought-provoking oasis capable of housing congregations of up to 1000, and will feature a solar-powered generator on the roof, water recycling facilities and heat pumps.
Smoke control engineers from Kingspan Light + Air – formerly Airvent – were involved from the very early stages of the project, with responsibility for designing a mechanical smoke ventilation system engineered to remove smoke if a fire breaks out. The system uses a smoke shaft and series of dampers to prevent smoke from migrating from the fire floor.
The system has a dual use, however, as it has been designed to allow for daily comfort ventilation; the same fan and shaft system can be operated (at lower speeds) to create natural extract of hot air and inlet of cool air.
Kingspan Light + Air was also responsible for the ventilation system applied to the mosque’s underground car park. Enclosed car parks need both smoke ventilation (these locations are inherently packed with highly flammable material: cars and their fuel tanks) but also environmental ventilation to remove build-up of toxic exhaust fumes.
In addition to the design and fire-engineer stage of the building process, Kingspan Light + Air also supplied and installed all equipment before commissioning for handover.
Airvent managing director Charles Hurdman commented: “it’s an honour to be involved in such a prestigious project. As Airvent joins the Kingspan family, so we look forward to providing more British landmark buildings with safer and healthier environments.”