Project Description


State-of-the-art natural ventilation at a state-of-the-art learning facility


The School of Engineering building at the University of Birmingham is a brand new state-of-the-art 12,000 sqm facility, spanning across five floors featuring a double-height atrium.

The  46.5M development brings together many engineering disciplines from across the University. The building’s contemporary and flexible design enables collaborative working between academics, researchers, students and staff.


Dyer provided natural ventilation within offices and meeting rooms around the facility. Dyer supplied and installed a total of 98 intelligent CDC chain drives, one per window:

74 of these drives are concealed within the frames of bottom hung open inward windows, with specially manufactured flexible chains to allow the sash to open without clashing with the chain.

24 drives are surface mounted, operating top hung outward opening windows, with a larger opening stroke.

Advanced Communication Bus (ACB) allows our D+H drives to communicate with the BMS directly via Modbus without additional control panels, which provides true feedback on their opening and conditions. It significantly reduces wiring, installation effort and costs, and makes it possible to specify direct control of the drives down to the millimetre.

Brackets and drives were powder coated to match the window framework, providing a seamless finish.




- 5 days ago

From the start of a project, through to completion and post-installation, we are here to help. We're committed to ensuring the right ventilation solution is found. Contact us to discuss your requirements; 0161 491 4840, [email protected],
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- 7 days ago

@gmchamber: 'Tis the season to be jolly and we're delighted that our Carol Concert is back @ManCathedral on 8th Dec! 🎄 Sponsored by @DyerEnvironment, this event is a great way to bring together the business community of Gtr Manchester, plus family & friends too 👇
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- 13 days ago

We had another enjoyable morning at the @gmchamber Oldham Construction Club earlier today, where interesting projects and topics were discussed.
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- 16 days ago

Dyer recently visited 1 Telford Plaza to review the pressurization system installed in the early 1990’s. We presented our findings and carried out the required service and repairs. Contact us to discuss system reviews; +44 (0)161 491 4840, [email protected]
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- 23 days ago

Dyer attended the @FetaNews lunch last Friday along with @VentEngineering, @SmokeContAssoc, @IFCGroupFire, @SmokeControl and @thefdsgroup. It was great to catch up with colleagues from across the smoke ventilation industry.
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