COMFORT AT KALEIDOSCOPE WITH JG SPEEDFIT UNDERFLOOR
Designed by Crest Nicholson, Kaleidoscope is the new Cambridge housing development defined by sophistication, aesthetics, comfort and style.
Situated in one of the most exclusive and desirable areas of the historic city, the new vibrant living environment of Kaleidoscope is within a walking distance of key transport hubs allowing for quick commute to London, as well as access to emblematic cultural spots and historic landmarks.
A total of 408 apartments are being constructed with the final properties due for completion towards the end of 2014, and all of them are equipped with Underfloor Heating by JG Speedfit.
PG Bones, the principle plumbing and heating contractor of Crest Nicholson, appointed JG Speedfit to supply the plumbing components needed and assist with the installation of the UFH systems in each of the 408 properties.
Toby Howard-Willis, JG Speedfit’s Technical Engineer, said – “We have an excellent and long standing relationship with PG Bones, working on a significant number of projects over the past 15 years, but the concept of underfloor heating is more sophisticated than a standard plumbing procedure and was certainly one of the elements that required significant attention to detail.”
Kaleidoscope is in excess of 50 different house types, which cover a wide range of occupancy from penthouses to social housing, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, as well as glass walled living areas – all factors which significantly influence the performance of an underfloor heating system. The number of variables to be considered meant PG Bones required detailed and accurate designs to be produced and that is exactly where JG Speedfit’s expertise was most valuable.
Toby continued – “The assistance with which the JG Speedfit Design Team & Technical Support Engineers provided PG Bones aimed to support the continued success of the Kaleidoscope Project. While there was inevitably some repetition involved, there were always slight eccentricities within each property, which required a rather individual approach. The UFH design team had to assist with specific technical requirements, often altering CAD drawings and returning them in hours, while our Technical Engineers were onsite throughout the entire project.”
Steve Bones, director of PG Bones Plumbing & Heating, commented – “With the knowledge and expertise from JG Speedfit’s team, we are proud to be a key contractor on this award winning development. JG Speedfit’s UFH CAD team backed with our in depth knowledge of their products and fully trained workforce has led to a seamless design, installation and utmost homeowner experience. Our working relationship with JG Speedfit is mutually beneficial – as all good relationships should be.”
JG Speedfit also provided PG Bones with the Speedfit Installer Training Program – a complementary service available to any new plumbing professional, which aims to train them to a competent standard. The program covers a number of key elements such as Project Design, Components, Installation, Best Practice & Commissioning. Once the training has covered all necessary aspects and the installation has been supervised by the attending JG Speedfit Technical Engineer, the new installer is able to complete the Handover Pack, which the Developer retains as evidence of the quality of installation.
Crest Nicholson have a number of other projects throughout East Anglia where the JG Speedfit system is being used, such as Rosewood in Colchester and Kings Warren in Redlodge. Crest Nicholson are already planning the next development in Cambridge and the JG Speedfit Team are looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead.
JG SPEEDFIT UFH IS IN THE HAUS
Located in the picturesque valleys of rural Oddington, the new Hanse Haus is a remarkable piece of contemporary architecture. Equipped with JG Speedfit underfloor heating, the development holds truly outstanding energy-saving properties.
The Oddington Project
Designed by Hanse Haus Ltd, the new-build Oddington dwelling is defined by its high sustainability credentials and great aesthetic value.
The house is a four-bedroom, two-storey building with total quadrature of 235.94m2. Given the size of the property, choosing the right heating system is of crucial importance for ensuring efficiency.
The main source of heat for the Oddington Hanse Haus is a ground-based heat pump, which as a concept is gradually proving to be the renewable technology of the future. The system is using a vapour compression cycle, where pumps take low-grade warmth and concentrate it to a higher temperature that is then used to heat up the building. Due to the low temperature flow at which the heat pump operates, UFH is the ideal technology for distributing warmth throughout the house.
Being the sole plumbing and heating contractor of Hanse Haus for the UK, Synergy PHR has appointed JG Speedfit as the exclusive supplier of the underfloor heating system installed.
Darren Farley, director of Synergy PHR commented – “Since partnering with Hanse Haus in May 2012 Synergy have carried out installations in seven properties in the UK all with full ground and first floor UFH by JG Speedfit. We have used both staple and over fit systems that proved to be very easy to install, saving time and effort. The cooperation with the push-fit people was very satisfying from the initial contact with their sales representative, through to CAD specification, delivery and installation. On completion, the JG Speedfit engineers and technical support were always there to help with system setup, testing and control.”
JG Speedfit offered Synergy PHR comprehensive after-sales support, assisting throughout all project stages with a particular focus on pipe layout design and installation advice.
Darren continued – “Synergy currently have seven new jobs to complete with JG Speedfit in 2013 covering the UK, Scotland and the Channel Islands. I am looking forward to these and more successful projects in collaboration with Speedfit, using their superb products and services!”
The technology behind the JG Speedfit UFH model is similar to the philosophy behind the Hanse Haus concept – innovation towards energy preservation and efficiency, comfort, aesthetics and value for money.
The benefits of the JG Speedfit UFH applications are numerous:
- Operating at much lower temperatures compared to conventional radiator circuits, the UFH system helps reduce energy consumption, resulting in lower heating costs.
- Installation is simple and requires no clumsy tools.
- Even distribution of temperature is ensured as the whole floor acts as a radiant heat source.
- The circuit is unobtrusive and discreet, which gives more freedom to interior design, allowing for additional spaces to be decorated accordingly.
- The system makes use of multi-zoning, which means that each room benefits from individual time and temperature control. That flexibility alone brings significant value for money as no ‘paid-for’ energy goes to waste.
- The compatibility of the JG Speedfit UFH model with other renewable heating technologies such as condensing boilers, solar power and heat pumps makes it the sustainable heating solution of the future.