Baskerville House, Birmingham

Birmingham’s recently completed £30 million Baskerville House refurbishment scheme included a chilled ceiling and passive chilled beam system from SAS International.

Key features




Birmingham City Council


Rolfe Judd Architects

Main contractor

Hoare Lea


SAS International

Completion year


System type

Radiant Chilled Ceilings

Area M2

14,000 with 1,900 linear metres of chilled beams


United Kingdom

Product Groups

Selected due to their energy efficient credentials and flexibility in terms of floor layout, SAS chilled ceilings and beams helped Baskerville House achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. This is a significant achievement for a refurbishment, as opposed to a new-build project.

This sensitive refurbishment has transformed one of Birmingham’s Grade II listed landmark buildings into 18,371 m2 (197,748 sq ft) of prime, Grade A office space.

Baskerville House is one of the largest speculative developments of its size anywhere in the country and combines the elegant exterior of a period property with a contemporary and environmentally friendly interior. Working closely with Hoare Lea, the M&E consultants, in the design and specification of the cooling solution, chilled ceilings and beams were specified throughout the six refurbished and two new floors.

One of the obstacles that had to be overcome was the low floor to ceiling height. Chilled ceilings were an ideal solution because of their shallow depth and low ceiling void requirement.

Passive chilled beams are used at the perimeter of the building to offset additional solar gain.

The project has received international recognition at MIPIM 07 and has recently won “Office Development for the Year” at the inaugural Midlands Property Awards as well as a British Council for Offices “Refurbished/Recycled Workplace” award.

Systems used