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Case study: St Dunstan’s Church, Liverpool
A Polypipe underfloor heating system was selected for use in a Grade II listed building.
When St Dunstan’s Church, Liverpool underwent extensive renovation works, it provided the perfect opportunity for the Diocese of Liverpool to consider the building’s heating.
Following recommendations by the Liverpool Diocesan Advisory Committee’s heating engineer, and the project’s architect and historic building consultant Robin Wolley, registered installer P.R. Heating & Gas Services selected one of Polypipe’s water-based underfloor heating systems for use in the Church, which is located in the city’s Edge Hill district. As the church had solid floors in place, the heating engineers had to provide an efficient solution which would have minimum impact on the Grade II listed 19th century building. A low profile Overlay™ system was placed on top of the solid surface, with engineered oak flooring laid on top.
In large, high ceilinged properties, traditional radiators may only increase the temperature of the air around them, with ‘hot spots’ being created near the radiators, while the rest of the space remains unheated. By heating the entire floor area evenly, Polypipe Underfloor Heating provides a comfortable ambient temperature wherever it is installed. In addition to maximising floor and wall space through the removal of radiators, the system may also provide cost savings, due to its ability to operate with an average water temperature of 50°C, compared to traditional heating systems which heat water to 80°C.
In using Polypipe Underfloor Heating to provide an even, ambient temperature within the space, the project’s installers were able to ensure that all areas of the main church hall were heated equally. Crucially, the 18mm depth of the Overlay™ variant meant that the system could be installed over the existing floor, removing the need for expensive excavation works which could have damaged this beautiful, listed building.