Banking on Gilberts to help achieve excellence

  • 14 Jan 2021

The choice of Gilberts ventilation diffusers has played a part in the architectural aesthetics for a landmark office development in Manchester.

Sleekness is the over-riding theme of 100 Embankment, a 15,000 square foot premium Grade A office development over nine floors in the heart of the city.

BAM Construct UK commissioned A & B Engineering to design and install the M&E services for the project, which blends an existing Grade II listed viaduct with the steel and glass building above.

A & B chose Gilberts Blackpool for the supply of over 500 ventilators to air the internal spaces. Gilberts’ PG perforated face ventilation diffusers, complimented by its GSFA circular swirl diffusers, guarantee excellent distribution of fresh air throughout the internal space and mirror the smooth, angular interior design. 


Ian Buxton, A & B Engineering Contracts Director, commented: “Gilberts’ diffusers were the ideal choice to balance the design aesthetics with the practicalities of installation.

“The main office areas have exposed services. By using side entry plenum boxes to connect the flexible ductwork to  the diffusers, we were able to easily connect the services, then secure the diffusers through using concealed fixings.

“In this way we were able to achieve the continuity of eyeline and aesthetic whilst delivering on the draught-free ventilation targets.

“We know from experience that Gilberts can be relied upon to deliver what we need, within the timeframes, with the capability to design and engineer solutions that achieve the objectives.”

The PG perforated diffusers were specified as a combination of some solely supply and some solely extract, whilst the GSFA swirl diffusers provide predominantly supply air, as they enable rapid entrainment and intermixing of high volumes of air into the conditioned space. Gilberts GX air valves provide extraction of stale air in the toilet areas throughout 100 Embankment.

Gilberts’ grilles and diffusers are proven to help achieve exemplary aesthetics and sustainability, with an established catalogue of BREEAM excellent-rated projects.

The company is renown for excellence, not just for its products but for its service, in-house design, manufacturing and test capability, and after-sales support.

It continues to invest in its services, most recently with state-of-the-art fabrication machinery, new powder paint lines, and extended warehousing facilities, to meet the growing demand for its solutions as Britain opens for business. 


Gilberts of Blackpool,
Gilair Works,
Clifton Road,
FY4 40T

Phone: 01253 766911
Fax: 01253 767941

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