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Award for the first air-conditioned building in the UK

Opened in 1903, the Royal Victoria Hospital’s air conditioning system is seen as a milestone in the history of environmental engineering, cleaning the air and controlling both temperature and humidity in the hospital for the comfort of staff and patients.


Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital has been presented with a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award by the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which recognises its engineering importance as the first public building in the UK to be air-conditioned.


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