The answer to a Devon diocese's prayers

A bespoke Hudevad heating solution has merged elegance with practicality in a state-of-the-art construction project for the Roman Catholic Church at Buckfastleigh, Devon.
The Diocese of Plymouth commissioned South Wales construction company opco (sic) to convert St Boniface House and three adjacent barns into 8,942 sq ft of modern hi-tech offices for the Diocese.
“The collection of aesthetically pleasing stone buildings were originally converted from agricultural barns to premises suitable for office fit-out, including structural modifications and opco took the process a whole lot further, says opco regional director Bruce Macdonald. Project manager for the £1.2 million scheme was Jones Lang LaSalle, the structural engineer was John Grimes and Amber Management was in charge of mechanical engineering.
The main buildings were to be linked with a new fully glazed walk way and reception area so as well as specifying for the offices Amber Management needed to devise the best way to provide heating in that area. Amber Management director Alan Howell, called in expert manufacturer Hudevad to come up with a bespoke solution for this challenging installation.
Howell 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 curved walls, so finding a solution to these parameters was a challenge. Added to the brief was the necessity that the radiator was to sit in front of glass, and no visible pipe work or valves to spoil the line.
Careful on-site measurements were taken and templates produced so Hudevad could produce a multi curved radiator in one section, with hidden controls and concealed flow and return pipe work that would still ensure easy installation.
“It was always going to be a challenge to find a solution for a large glazed space but we knew Hudevad could make a bespoke solution from their product range.  We know from past experience what Hudevad can do,” says Howell.
It was decided that Hudevad would adapt its SC double element column radiator (SCD) to provide a continuous unit 600mm high and 4.25 metres long in a flowing curve in line with the architecture. The visually stunning Hudevad SC with its simple clean lines, square headers and raked tubes offers strength and elegance and is ideal for use in front of windows and very adaptable for use on variable floor levels. The evenly spaced and wafer thin heating elements mean SC is never a visual barrier, but always a conduit of light, in front of glass or in other open architectural interior spaces.
Elsewhere, offices in the main building are heated with Hudevad Plan, a timeless, simple design that matches all types of architecture where it can be used as an active building component, either unobtrusively or as a feature in itself. Plan, in common with SC, may also be angled or curved to match building shapes.
Fifield Building Services based in Exeter performed the installation and director Dan Fifield said: “Despite the bespoke nature of the design the installation was simplicity itself. Hudevad was very helpful; there were a couple of late changes ordered by the client they turned everything around quickly and efficiently. The job went very well and we are very pleased with the end result.”