SPC supplied more than 500 highly efficient Thermatile Plus radiant ceiling panels for a brand-new college in Leicester.
Crown Hills Community College has moved into state-of-the-art buildings which can accommodate 1,200 students and also be used by the surrounding community.
SPC, also based in Leicester, worked with AVUS Consulting, of Corby, and C A Suthers Ltd, of Birmingham, to come up with the right specification for the heating panels.
Thermatile Plus were chosen for their quality, efficiency, attractive appearance and versatility.
Sportsline panels were fitted in the college’s gym; they are constructed in a V-shaped section so that objects such as balls and shuttlecocks do not get stuck on them.
Dramatic black panels were utilised in the drama department. These were created by applying a black overlay to standard panels.
Matthew Smith, contracts manager of C A Suthers Ltd, said his company installed the panels throughout the school: “We have used them before and appreciate the fact that they are straightforward to fit.
“They are also attractive to look at and work very well.”
The project, part of the Leicester City Schools PFI initiative, was started in 2012 and finished in 2013.
Thermatile Plus is made from a corrugated aluminium panel of patented design and copper tubing on the upper surface. Low pressure hot water feeds through the circuit and transfers heat to the lower, emission surface.
Insulation on the back of the panel prevents heat escaping into the ceiling void.
Not restricted to standard ceiling grid sizes, the panels can be freely suspended and shaped to suit individual requirements. They are the quickest way to heat up a space and are easily controlled.