Lowboard provides ideal UFH solution for fit-out of central London flats

A complex and time constrained redevelopment contract in central London is making extensive use of ‘LowBoard22’ underfloor heating panels, as well as other products from the OMNIE range, to offer optimum comfort and flexibility of living space for its future residents.

The site in Hermes Street, a short walk from the Angel Tube Station, is being developed by MY Construction & Carpentry Ltd. being the main contractor for the project. The work has seen an existing property demolished, being replaced by a five storey structure with office accommodation at ground and first floor level while the upper storeys are being fitted out to create half a dozen dwellings.

With overall storey height restricted by planning, the developer wanted to maximise the headroom within the high-spec apartments, while facilitating a rapid build programme which would also leave the interiors walls free of radiators.

The layout by architects, Bickerdike Allen Partners, features three two-bedroom flats on the second floor, with a further pair, plus a three-bedroom apartment on the floor above. The latter’s kitchen and living room area will be located on the very top floor of the building again using the LowBoard22 to deliver space heating. The LowBoard22 panels are a widely specified and very popular product within OMNIE’s UltraLow offering with an overall panel depth of 22mm, accommodating 12mm diameter pipe runs. This offers low water volume while the relatively small diameter pipe is also easy to push into the precisely routed board profiles. Each room is typically taking some 70-90 metres of pipework, connected back to OMNIE’s own Precision-Flo multi-branch manifolds. With the addition of thermostats and 7-day programmable timers, these create individual zones, whose low temperature hot water (LTHW) circuits will enable each dwelling’s condensing combi boiler to deliver optimum efficiency.

A spokesperson for the project team commented:

“The overall concept for these apartments was to create accommodation which both looks contemporary and offers the best in modern living standards. Underfloor heating fits perfectly with these design ambitions, leaving the walls free of radiators and creating comfortable conditions for occupants. The LowBoard22 system from OMNIE delivers good efficiency using low circuit temperatures while keeping build height to an absolute minimum. The decision to use one of OMNIE’s UltraLow options not only down to its minimal depth, but also the straightforward installation process, low wastage, and overall value for money.”

OMNIE can provide consultants and contractors with a full specification, design and supply service for projects in both the domestic and commercial sectors as well as on site installation instructions by a consultant agreed in advance with head office.