Highlands National Motorsport Museum

Highlands Motorsport is a brand new 4.5 km international-standard race circuit located near the township of Cromwell, approximately 50km north of the tourism capital of New Zealand – Queenstown. The circuit features three complete tracks that can be used at the same time.
Highland Motorsport Park is also home to the National Motorsport Museum including a Café and Gift Shop. The museum looks out over the racetrack but also has panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped hills.

The Challenge

The climate of the Cromwell basin is dry and marked by hot summers and cold winters. These continental characteristics are caused by the presence of high mountain barriers to the west, creating the need for effective heating and cooling.

The architecturally designed museum has exposed rafters and no suspended ceiling automatically ruling out any DX fan coil units. Due to the solid polished concrete floors it was decided that underfloor heating would be the most effective heating solution for the museum creating a warm radiant feel, especially for those car enthusiasts who just need to lie on the floor and look underneath all the classic and modern race cars on display.

The Solution

BDT supplied 5 x PWFY-P200VM-E1-AU water modules connected to a single City Multi Y series condenser. Due to the cold outdoor design conditions of minus 5 degrees, this system re-rated to a total of 93kW. A purpose built plant room was constructed at the far end of the building to house the condenser set from view, but also to stack the water modules on the wall, piped in parallel to supply tempered water to multiple manifolds around the building.

One Mitsubishi Electric PAR-W21 wall controller sets the leaving water temperature of the entire system, and a room thermostat provides a start or stop signal. In extreme summer conditions, the PWFY-P200VM-E1-AU water modules have the ability to run in cooling if required.

Total Capacity

Heating Capacity: 127 kW
Cooling Capacity: 113 kW

Outdoor Units

1 x PUHY-YJM-A Outdoor Unit

Indoor Units

5 x PWFY-VM-E-AU Water Modules


1 x PAR-W21MAA-J Remote Controls


Central Heating Solutions

Published: Thursday, 20 November 2014


Highlands National Motorsport Museum