R32 room air conditioning selected for UCL

​One of University College London’s (UCL) main buildings has been equipped with a new R32 air conditioning system from Mitsubishi Electric for the Division of Biosciences. 

The Division is housed in the impressive Rockefeller Building, a seven-storey building on University Street, close to Euston Square Station and home to the original University College Hospital Medical School.

UCL’s Division of Biosciences boasts an outstanding international reputation and a community of over 500 staff and 300 PhD students engaged in cutting edge research and collaboration. 

The College needed a quick and efficient heating and cooling system which also met UCL’s environmental requirements and Mitsubishi Electric’s M Series MSZ-LN was chosen due to the pivotal role R32 refrigerant will play in meeting future legislation and reducing the environmental impact of air conditioning, heat pumps and refrigeration.

Keith Kerridge, Building Services Manager, UCL Estates, said, “The Rockefeller building required an extra air conditioning system on one of its floors and we were impressed with what Mitsubishi Electric’s system could offer. We wanted a system that would provide a comfortable working environment for our staff and students, as well as being environmentally friendly. The M Series MSZ-LN suits our needs perfectly.”

The two stylish air conditioning units were installed over a three-day period by Artic Building Services and are the first R32 systems within UCL’s estate. The short installation period was crucial to ensure minimum disruption to the building’s occupants whilst work was going on.

“UCL made an excellent choice with Mitsubishi Electric’s R32 air conditioning units, which are stylish, sophisticated and highly energy efficient. We were able to install the wall mounted system in a timely and efficient manner, with minimal disruption to staff and students,” explained Lee Rumble of Artic Building Services

Another feature that makes the M Series range suitable for UCL is its quiet operation, with noise levels as low as 19dBA, making it ideal for use in a quiet study environment.

The M Series MSZ-LN air conditioning range was Mitsubishi Electric’s first product in its UK line-up to utilise R32 refrigerant. MSZ-LN units include a built-in Wi-Fi interface enabling full control and monitoring via the MELCloud App, and a sophisticated i-see Sensor in the unit automatically monitors room occupancy, position and body temperatures to deliver customised comfort.