Hartle, the building services company engaged ATS on this project for Magna International, one of the world’s premier suppliers of a range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to the automotive industry.


ATS was asked to provide a heating, cooling and ventilation solution for Magna’s new, purpose-built, aluminium casting facility, in Telford, for supplying automotive parts to Jaguar Land Rover.

ATS Scope & Objectives:

To design, supply and install a system to create comfortable and safe working environments across the foundry, offices and shipping areas, within the project site.


There were a number of challenges for this project, not least:

  • The sheer size of area with the main building, a twin span portal frame with lean-to sides, and shipping area occupying 225,000 ft²
  • The vastly different ambient temperatures across the different areas
  • Installing the ducting into the tight space between the crane rail that ran the length of the building and the ceiling height
  • The specified siting of the Air Handling Units (AHUs) on the roof
  • Meeting the specification for 80m³/second of air entering the foundry area


We designed and installed a displacement ventilation system with conditioned outdoor air supplied at low velocity from air supply diffusers, 3m above the finished floor level, which push air to the floor to ensure a comfortable working environment. To help bring energy costs down, the extract air is taken from the building and re-circulated.

A base fit-out for all service pipework, which included a medium water pressure heating system, cooling water, vacuum compressed air, and nitrogen and oil lines, ensured machinery and equipment could run smoothly and efficiently.


Our system provided air conditioning throughout, supplying hot and cold water systems, ventilation, a low pressure water heating system served via a medium water pressure heating system, and above ground drainage to remove soil, waste and water.

We successfully worked with and around the multiple site contractors to deliver all of the project goals. The four AHUs were each delivered to site in three pieces and craned up to the roof.

Our role in this outstanding new facility has helped Magna complete the West Midlands’ largest automotive development, after the Jaguar Land Rover complex, which is also in Telford. The new facility has also created around 300 jobs for Magna and hundreds more in the supply chain.

Next Steps:

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