IPS Pharma - Warehouse & Mezzanine Cooling

A Heating & Cooling system to meet stringent MHRA guidelines for storage of pharmaceuticals.

Client – IPS Pharma

IPS Pharma are one of the leading manufacturers of Unlicensed Medicines in the UK with over 20,000 formulations available to Primary and Secondary Care.

Project Scope & Objectives

IPS Pharma approached Air Technology Systems to design, supply and install a specialist HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) system to a new pharmaceutical storage warehouse. It was crucial that the system maintained a temperature of 15°C - 25°C to meet the current MHRA guidelines, and their stringent product specifications.


Air Technology Systems had a few challenges to consider and overcome with this project, from changes in scope of works, to design challenges, all whilst working to a difficult programme.

The client asked us to incorporate treating the space underneath the mezzanine area, which wasn’t included in the initial project specification.

The main issue that this presented to our design team was to make sure there was enough airflow and heating / cooling capacity within the proposed system to cover the extra space.

We were also required to make sure there was enough pressure within the system to serve the additional ductwork required to treat the area. All of this needed to be factored in whilst still making sure the costs were in-line with the original budget.

Our client had limited gas on site, so we had to design an all-electric solution with the limited spare electrical capacity available.


Due to the layout of the warehouse and having to treat underneath the mezzanine, Air Technology Systems came up with an innovative solution to achieve an even air temperature throughout. We utilised air source heat pumps and galvanized ductwork with jet nozzles.

Benefits of us designing and installing an all-electric solution, over a gas-powered system include:

  • More energy efficient
  • Less maintenance
  • Reduce Carbon Emissions
  • Can provide both heating and cooling from one centralised system
  • Lower running costs

Not only is this solution carbon efficient as it is an all-electric solution, but the system also has low running costs and quick installation times, meaning the tight installation deadline was met and within budget.

IPS Pharma now have the peace of mind knowing that the warehouse not only stores its pharmaceuticals within the stringent MHRA requirements, but also meets the stringent manufacturer requirements.