Cadbury is a world renowned chocolate manufacturing brand owned by food and beverage conglomerate, Mondelez International. Cadbury have a number of manufacturing facilities located throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, the largest of which is located at Bournville in Birmingham.

Concert Hall Refurbishment

Built in 1927, this magnificent 750 seater concert hall forms part of the main Bournville Lodge (formally the Bournville works dining block which now houses the main office facilities for over 800 staff).  The internal décor and fit-out style is generally of original vintage and is steeped in history at a local level and also nationally having appeared on the BBC between 1937 and 1938.  In 2000 the last show was performed by the Bournville Musical Theatre Company and the doors closed to enable the redevelopment of the Lodge.


SVMA were asked to undertake a detailed cost and feasibility study on the heating, ventilation and comfort conditioning services provision to the building.  The outcome of our study includes the provision of heating from the site’s steam generation (already mass produced for the production on site) and a new ventilation scheme which uses the voids within the structure and also introduces displacement ventilation to the auditoria.  The cooling provision is to use energy efficient packaged chillers. The brief is for the hall to be used for conferences, performances and act as a national training facility for Cadbury.

The concert hall is now used for conferences and presentations and is ready for the next phase of works to begin.

Linden Block HVAC

Linden Block is an office block that was constructed in 1965 and comprises of three wings set out in a T-shape; a 3-storey wing (including the security Lodge); a 9-storey central wing perpendicular to this and a 6-storey wing block. When SVMA became involved, the HVAC services to the building were mainly original and the building was only partly occupied. Our brief was to bring the system into full working order such that the building could be fully populated.

SVMA were originally commissioned to undertake a cost and feasibility study for this but we eventually undertook design, tender and supervision duties to reinstate the central heating, ventilation and cooling services. This again involved the use of the site's steam provision, the refurbishment of the air handling plant, new central packaged chiller and associated BMS controls.

The result is a sustainable solution which provides a greater level of thermal comfort to the occupants and one which provides resilience to the service provision on site.





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