SPC, a world-leading specialist manufacturer and supplier of heating and cooling equipment, supplied a number of radiant ceiling panels to Cobbett Road Library in Southampton after local residents successfully campaigned against its closure.
Southampton County Council had originally earmarked the library, a single-storey flat roof building which opened to the public in 1939, as subject to closure due to budget cuts. But after local residents campaigned to keep the library from being closed, the council reversed its decision and opted instead to give the public building a facelift, including a revamp of its heating system.
SPC was appointed to supply 14 of its Thermatile Plus range of radiant panels as the project needed a ceiling-based heating solution due to the lack of wall space.
The ThermaTile Plus radiant ceiling panels are proven to provide greater energy savings when compared to wall-mounted radiators and under floor heating – an important factor for consultants and engineers looking to keep whole life costs as low as possible.
As well as being cost-effective, the most innovative feature of the ThermaTile range is the construction of the panel itself which offers improved heat transfer, superb structural strength and openings can be pre-cut to allow lights, smoke detectors and air vents.
Warwick Taylor, Managing Director of SPC, is delighted that the company could help refurbish one of the busiest libraries in Southampton.
“We’re extremely happy to have our products associated with this historic library and play our part in the refurbishment of it.
“We’d also like to congratulate residents in their battle to keep the library open to the community and we hope that, with our help, they can keep using the building for generations to come.”
Martyn Gould from contractors Corrigenda who worked on the project said: “SPC’s radiant panels are great to work with and proved to be the perfect solution for this particular project. I would recommend this product to others and will use them again”