Proven high quality low-carbon ventilation selected for Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum: WINDCATCHER Classic and iNVent2 Control Panel

Architect: Glen Howells Architects
Building Contractor : Stepnell
M&E Contractor: Daly Engineering Services Ltd

Alrewas, Staffordshire

Products installed (2016):
5 No. Windcatcher® Classic 185 natural ventilation systems c/w 24V Boost fan
3 No. Windcatcher® Classic rectangular 2000 x 1000 natural ventilation systems c/w 24V Boost fan
1 No. Monodraught iNVent2 Control Panel c/w PV Optimiser

Monodraught were selected as a natural ventilation solution for the expansion of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country.

With 30,000 maturing trees and over 300 memorials, it is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who serve their country, die in conflict or have a special reason for being remembered.

It seems fitting that a site that uses nature as a way to remember the fallen has also chosen a solution for ventilation which harnesses the environment for building ventilation. Monodraught have a long-term track record and have been utilising natural ventilation in their solutions for over 40 years.

The Windcatcher encompasses the benefits of both top-down and passive stack ventilation. The system consists of an external louvre protected internally by Trilayer Weather Protection and is internally divided. The simple but effective design of the system provides fresh air during the daytime as well as night-time cooling.

When coupled with Monodraught’s iNVent 2 BMS controls, the system is capable of providing temperature and CO² demand controlled ventilation. The system requires little maintenance which is ideal for the Arboretum as it relies heavily on regular visitor numbers to maintain voluntary donation contributions so needs to remain available to the public as much as possible.

The £15.7m development will be completed by late 2016 and will allow the arboretum to host up to 500,000 visitors a year.  The improvements will include a new Remembrance Centre with dedicated education facilities that will enable the Arboretum to expand its engagement from 10,000 schoolchildren a year to 25,000. Improvements will also be made to the reception area, restaurant, cafe and shop.

The natural ventilation system will allow the Arboretum to have a minimal impact on its environment in terms of carbon footprint and by circulating fresh air within the building, it will allow staff and visitors to benefit from fresh air to remain alert and able to enjoy their day at the centre.

To find out which of our solutions are applicable for your building development please look at other projects we have worked on or contact Monodraught’s friendly sales team.