Hudevad creates a radiator like no other
This unusual radiator was created by Hudevad to heat a fully glazed walkway linking the main buildings and reception area of high-tech offices for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth. The 830 m2 of offices have been created by the conversion of St Boniface House and three adjacent barns at Buckfastleigh in Devon.
Alan Howell, director of mechanical-services company Amber Management, explains that due to the nature of the building and existing floor heights, the only practical solution was to fit a radiator in the glazed area. The building also had angled and glazed walls. Also, because the radiator was to be in front of glass, visible pipework and valves that would spoil the line were to be avoided.
Careful measurements were taken and templates produced so Hudevad could produce a multi-curved radiator in one section, with hidden controls and concealed pipework that would still ensure easy installation. Hudevad adapted its SC double-element column radiator to provide a continuous unit 600 mm high and 4.25 m long in a flowing curve in line with the architecture. The evenly spaced and thin heating elements allow light to enter the walkway.
Fifield Building Services based in Exeter carried out the installation.
Elsewhere, offices in the main building are heated with Hudevad Plan radiators.