Financial Services Office Fit-Out, Glasgow

  • Sentinel Building Roof Sentinel Building Roof
  • Daikin VRV and Split Outdoor Units Daikin VRV and Split Outdoor Units
  • Office Interior Office Interior
  • Office Interior Office Interior
  • Ducting Ducting
  • John, B-DACS Project Manager John, B-DACS Project Manager
  • Stuart, B-DACS Engineer Stuart, B-DACS Engineer
  • Glasgow from Sentinel Building Rooftop Glasgow from Sentinel Building Rooftop
  • Date Completed:

    29/10/2014

  • End User:

    Morgan Stanley

  • Manufacturer:

    Daikin

  • Location:

    Sentinel Building, Glasgow

  • Equipment:

    VRV

  • Client:

    Morris & Spottiswood

The Sentinel Building is in the heart of Glasgow’s International Financial Services District (IFSD) and offers 85,000 sq ft office space over nine floors.

Since 2006, it’s been home to the Glasgow branch of financial services giant Morgan Stanley, which plays a vital role for the company in Scotland, the UK and Europe.

Having recently expanded its Glasgow operations, Morgan Stanley took over offices on the sixth floor of the Sentinel Building, adding to those it already occupied.

B-DACS was subcontracted by fit-out specialist Morris & Spottiswood to decommission and reposition the existing Toshiba VRF system to suit the new office layout. We were then required to supply, install and commission a Daikin VRV system for the new offices.

Our project formed part of a complete office refurbishment, designed to bring the space in line with Morgan Stanley’s requirements.

Daikin VRV Air Conditioning

The Daikin VRV system was designed by AECOM and serves all the cellular office spaces and conference rooms on the sixth floor.

It was selected primarily because it provides simultaneous heating and cooling, allowing for complete comfort in every area. Each indoor unit has its own user-friendly, wall-mounted control panel, meaning anyone can adjust the temperature to suit their needs.

For each office space, we installed ducted air conditioning units, which are almost completely concealed within the ceiling void. Hidden from view, they don’t compromise the interior design and can also provide air conditioning across a wider area.

Energy efficiency was also a crucial factor in the air conditioning design. VRV air conditioning is the most efficient way to heat and cool large commercial buildings and the controllers we installed come with various functions to reduce energy consumption.

The Daikin VRV system also qualifies for the government’s Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme, which provides tax relief for businesses who install energy-saving products.

Comms Room Cooling and Leak Detection Systems

Our other task was to install a separate system to serve the comms room, rather than the main VRV system. Given the sensitive nature of the equipment it contains and the fact that it only needs cooling, it made sense to install inverter split systems.

As per specification, we installed two 7kW Daikin units, which operate via an RTD-10 interface, allowing a duty/standby configuration. We also supplied and installed perimeter water leak detection in the room as an added precaution.

Finally, we were required to install a suitable leak detection system to monitor refrigerant levels. It will signal an alarm if refrigerant gas is sensed within the atmosphere and is linked to the water leak detection panel.


Footage from this project also featured in our video for Glasgow City Council’s Youth Employment Summit.


If you have an air conditioning project in mind, get in touch on 0141 773 3355.