Aimteq has completed the successful installation of a Schneider BMS at a new £10.8 million Defence Logistics Centre for BAE Systems. The project, which was awarded to Aimteq by M&E contractor, Murray Building Services, provides control of functions such as domestic hot water (DHW), radiant heating and the site’s cold store for the storage of carbon fibre material.
BAE Systems’ new 165,000 sq ft Defence Logistics Centre sits adjacent to the company’s engineering and manufacturing facility at Samlesbury in Lancashire. Occupied and operated by logistics specialist Wincanton, the facility accommodates a 150-strong workforce.
Aimteq’s proposed solution was based on the Schneider SmartStruxure enterprise system as it matches the existing site-installed BMS system across the estate. SmartStruxure combines building management software with hardware innovation to connect everything from sensors to services over one IP backbone. The end result lets users monitor, measure and optimise building performance throughout its life cycle.
One of the project challenges was to provide monitoring of the already-constructed cold store areas, where cables could not be run easily. However, Aimteq was able to install sensors that could connect back to SmartStruxure so that BAE Systems engineers could have visibility of the cold store temperature and generate alarms if the temperature deviated from the required conditions. The cold store must be at a specific temperature for the storage of carbon fibre material.