Bernicia, a leading affordable housing provider in the region, is building nine new energy efficient dwellings at Seahouses in Northumberland intended for local people, including some who had been residents in the old properties.
The design of the three two-bedroom houses and six one-bedroom bungalows was led by HMH Architects while CK21 filled the engineer’s role, with Hall & Partners as quantity surveyors and the client’s representative. Presmac from Newcastle-upon-Tyne is the mechanical services contractor responsible for the design and installation of the heating systems, including Mitsubishi Ecodan QUHZ-W40VA heat pump with Mitsubishi EHPT20Q-VM2EA hot water thermal store and the easy to lay staple UFH system from Tailored Heat.
As a major trade supplier of heating solutions across the north of England and into Scotland, Tailored Heat undertakes the design and integration of not just underfloor heating systems - complete with controls, manifolds and fittings - but also boilers and a full selection of renewable technologies.
The Contract Manager and Estimator for Presmac Ltd., Jonny Gray, commented: “We work right across the North-east covering light commercial as well as residential projects. In this instance we undertook the installation of the domestic hot and cold water supplies as well as the heating, calling on Tailored Heat to design the underfloor heating circuits which have been stapled to the insulation and covered by a 75mm screed.”
“We got very good assistance from our contact at Tailored Heat on the design, technical advice and providing us with all the right gear. We will definitely be going to the company again when we get another job like this one for Bernicia at Seahouses.” Sharon Lake, Bernicia Programme Manager, said: “The original bungalows on the site were unsuitable for modern living, poorly insulated and reliant on oil-filled electric storage heaters which were very expensive to run.
“The key priority for us was to provide quality new homes where people would be proud to live. This is an area of high demand and apart from the residents who will return, being located just out of the town centre, there is a lot of interest in the homes. “The air source heat pump system with the underfloor heating was specified to take advantage of the opportunities new technologies offer to provide tenants with high quality new homes which are economic to run with low fuel bills.”
The high specification of the nine new properties, including optimal insulation standards and the energy efficient, renewable heating package from Presmac and Tailored Heat, will offer residents continued comfort and affordable warmth.