Gaia Climate solutions has supplied a complete underfloor heating (UFH) system to Suffolk Fire Service’s new Ipswich fire station.
Featuring six bays for emergency vehicles, plus community rooms for training the public in fire safety, the new facility is now the largest fire station in Suffolk. It is also the last of 11 new fire stations to be built under a £18 million private finance initiative (PFI) scheme.
Gaia supplied and installed the 898 sq m of underfloor heating, plus 965 sq m of screed and insulation, for the whole station.
Formerly known as DEVI Electroheat, Gaia Climate Solutions has earned a reputation for expertise in UFH, having marketed the Deviheat electric UFH system and the Devimat floor warming mat for more than 20 years.
The company’s subsequent expansion into “wet”, or hydronic, UFH technology has been a logical and successful development.
Instead of electric heating elements, the system works by circulating water at low temperature through a series of pipe loops laid within a screed, or between timber joists, beneath the floor surface.
Gaia’s hydronic UFH is ultra-efficient and is controlled via hard-wired or wireless sensors linked to a manifold that can serve between two and 12 underfloor heating circuits.
Ian Witting, Mechanical Project Engineer from contractor Integral, explains that the Gaia hydronic UFH system was chosen largely on the strength of the company’s reputation in the sector.
“Gaia’s got a good track record in this area. They also offered us a tailored package – design, supply and installation of the system – to suit our requirements,” says Ian.
The new station is located at Ransomes Europark, three miles from the centre of Ipswich, and replaces the old station located at Colchester Road.
For further information on Gaia Climate Solutions, please call 0845 434 9488 or visit www.gaiacs.com.