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OXO Tower Restaurant, Southwark

Mecserve was appointed to carry out an assessment and upgrade of the existing air conditioning.

The OXO Tower on the South Bank was originally built as a power station in 1908. The building has been converted to flats, shops and a penthouse restaurant.

A 12,920 ft² formal restaurant and a more relaxing brasserie and bar were accommodated at eighth floor level, with the restaurant opening to the public in September 1996.

The restaurant and brasserie were air conditioned with air handling units serving outlet grilles. In order that the maximum area was available for the restaurant and brasserie the main boiler and chiller plant were located externally within a purpose-built enclosure.

The air handling units and kitchen extract plants were located within the deep ceiling voids. The outlet grilles were 'swirl' outlet type to provide good air distribution with a ceiling that incorporated rotating louvres.

Client: Harvey Nichols

Architect: Liftschutz Davidson

Quantity Surveyor: E C Harris

Structural Engineer: Buro Happold

Main Contractor: Sisk

Services provided by Mecserve: Building services engineering and an overseeing role for the client

Project Imagery: © Tim Soar