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Article Date: 7th January 2013

SPC finds Successful Heating Formula for Prestigious Physics Lab Project

Heating Equipment - Heating Panels - Radiant Heating - Commercial Heating

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S&P Coil Products Limited (SPC) supplied ThermaTile Plus Radiant Heating panels for an award-winning project at a prestigious school in Loughborough.

Working closely with Highcross Building Services, of Blaby, Leicestershire, and architects Stephen George and Partners LLP, of London Road, Leicester, the radiant heating panels were installed in the new physics building at Loughborough Endowed Schools.

With the safety and wellbeing of students in mind the project had to be completed on schedule and without incident, with quality and reliability built into every aspect of the work.

The project went on to win the Small Scheme of the Year Award at the ProCon Awards 2012 for high levels of user satisfaction, being completed within budget and six weeks ahead of programme.

ThermaTile Plus Radiant Heating Panels deliver instant cost-effective comfort. The radiant ceiling panels consist of a special corrugated aluminium panel of patented design and a continuous copper tube on the upper surface.

Low pressure hot water feeds through the circuit and transfers heat to the lower emission surface for comfort heating via radiant transmission. Insulation on the back of the radiant panel prevents heat being lost into the ceiling void.

A radiant heating system provides a more energy efficient solution than conventional, convective warm air solutions. Not only is the vertical temperature difference minimised but as the radiant heat warms surfaces rather than air, the thermostat setting can be reduced by about 3°C while maintaining the same level of comfort.

It is a fast-acting system as the panels quickly come up to temperature and start to warm the surfaces within the space; there is no long time lag associated with under-floor heating, where the floor slab must reach temperature before the room begins to be heated.

ThermaTile Plus radiant panels were ideal for this project, where the quality of the working environment was paramount.

Architects Stephen George & Partners LLP said: “It was important to create a comfortable, stimulating space in which the students would be able to focus on their work. In partnership with S&P Coil Products Limited we came up with the ideal solution.”

The Loughborough school’s lab is the fourth to use ThermaTile Plus Radiant Panels. On October 17 the new physics department was opened by Professor Ian White, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge. A physicist himself, he described the building as one of the finest physics teaching facilities he had seen in a school.

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