Advanced Ergonomic Technologies Ltd (AET), the manufacturer and supplier of the Flexible Space System, including its market leading underfloor air-conditioning system, has successfully completed a project for the University of Surrey.

At the centre of the University’s Stag Hill campus, the instantly recognisable gold and glass framed library, which seats over 900 users, 600,000 books and 72,000 e-books, benefits from the use of AET’s innovative air conditioning system all year round.

The client’s brief was to incorporate an air conditioning system for the new 4,950m² four-storey extension to the University Library that was easy to maintain and reconfigure using on-site general maintenance staff. Not only did the client wish to create minimal disturbance to occupants, but also, through an eco-conscious design achieve an excellent BREEAM rating. All the mechanical services, aided by AET’s Flexible Space System were specifically installed at low level, thus removing the need for a false ceiling and increasing headroom as well as helping to increase the overall space available for the students by 50%.

The architect, RMJM and consulting engineer, EDP Ltd proposed the AET CAM-C underfloor supply and return air system, which was approved by the client for its flexibility and simplicity to maintain. Using AET’s underfloor return air in the raised-access floor satisfied all concerns the University had over future churn. AET has integrated the system with a Nesite raised-access floor, provided in a finish to meet the project specification.

There are a total of 11CAMzones over 3 floors serving Fantile units, which are fitted with the newly developed hot water trimming heaters to compensate for the heat loss; a new innovation developed for this project to enhance the EPC rating. Each Fantile unit has its own on-board controller and permits local or remote adjustment of Fan Speed and Temperature so no external sensors are required.

The contract was successfully handed over in July 2011 and ready for use in time for the start of the new academic year.

AET has over 260,000 sq. m. of Flexible Space installed in the UKand over 2.5m sq. m. around the world. Visit the AET Flexible Space System website for more information on their underfloor air conditioning systems.

Glan Blake Thomas                               or        Jeff Hayward or Rachael Down

Managing director                                             Wildwood Public Relations

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Notes to editors

About the University of Surrey

TheUniversity of Surrey is one of theUK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 110 companies employing 2,750 staff.

Surrey is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities.  The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching.  Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

The building has been designed to integrate with the surrounding facilities, providing routes into and around the building via a new student concourse at ground level, linking through to the existing library at first and second floor. On the upper floor of the building new language learning facilities and resources have been incorporated, including specialist PCs for languages study. The building also houses the University bookshop and a shop with café area.

About AET

AET is the world leader in underfloor air conditioning, having installed over 65 million sq ft of its Flexible Space System in projects across the world. The company has over 20 years experience in underfloor air conditioning and raised access flooring technology and works closely with clients, consultants and contractors during design, installation, and operation.

For more information on AET’s portfolio of international refurbishment and construction projects or details of its Flexible Space Concept or Camel Solar range, visit or contact Wildwood PR to arrange comment from managing director, Glan Blake Thomas.