This £30million building is part of the Manchester Millennium quarter project
regenerating the historic area of the city around Exchange Square.
The radical concept of the museum uses the history and experiences of people
and communities who have shaped the urban spaces where they live as its
The striking design of the building also needed an innovative solution for
air conditioning in order to deal with the heat gains and heat losses with
minimum energy costs.
The exhibition floors are conditioned by six low energy air
conditioning units with indirect adiabatic cooling in conjunction with a displacement ventilation system.
Two further units serve the ground floor areas. The total supply
air volume is 33.0m³/s.
In winter, the two stage heat recovery achieves temperature efficiencies of
up to 80% thereby minimising the ventilation heating requirement. In summer,
when free cooling is no longer available, the indirect adiabatic cooling
process cools the supply air by up to 10°C. The integral DX cooling systems
are only required during peak summer conditions. All heat from the cooling
systems is rejected into the exhaust air and so no external condensing unit
or chiller is necessary.
The cooling power input is reduced by more than 50% when compared to an air
cooled chiller solution.
Full use of night time cooling is used to reduce the temperature of the
fabric overnight in summer and a special buffer zone prevents excessive heat
Urbis is now being transformed to accomodate the national football museum.