MAP was chosen to work on Laser House due to our technical expertise and excellent reputation for working on heritage sites. Located in London's creative quarter near Barbican, Laser House was a former printing press and gin distillery.
The new redevelopment sees the building brought back to life. There is office floor space across the ground and four upper levels, a restaurant, retail space and a new Art House Gallery. The original building was largely retained with only partial demolition of the structure and construction of extensions to the existing building. Working with the architects, MAP successfully integrated the old and the new, blending period features with the modern requirements for air ventilation.
Troup Bywaters + Anders
Ceiling and Exposed
An interesting and challenging project, Laser House has exposed services and a double height reception area.
Our technical team delivered a bespoke solution for the double height reception area in partnership with the architects. The brief - to minimise the visual impact of the air terminal devices.
We cleverly designed LDB diffusers to be hidden above the floating ceiling, dealing with the heat gain from the facade, whilst also delivering a sleek, aesthetically pleasing finish. We specified the reception area diffusers to be supplied pre-installed to a series of 1000mm long modular plenums and a common header duct, designed by our technical team. It was sized to self-balance without any need for access hatches in the ceiling.
Working alongside consultant engineers, Troup Bywaters + Anders we also supplied a number of LDB20/8 and LDB12/8 high induction linear diffusers and DLA7 high induction swirl diffusers in the main building - all fitted with matching plenums in exposed and plasterboard installations.The linear diffusers allowed treated air to be distributed precisely within the building to ensure both thermal and acoustic comfort. The products do not rely on the coanda effect or a surface attachment to function and are ideal for an exposed installation with no ceiling, like Laser House.
CKS circular valves were used in the WC’s, and RINO ceiling diffusers in the showers and other service spaces, delivering smooth, silent, and draft free air flow solutions.
The end result - a successful integration of the old and the new, blending the heritage significance of the building with the modern requirements for air ventilation.