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Safe but powerful heating from Jaga Heating Products

Heatcare and Jaga have provided residents of The Maltings care home in Peterborough with a heating solution that helps safeguard vulnerable residents.

With every building project, be it new or a refurbishment, the partnership between contractors and manufacturers is incredibly important smooth running - and no one knows this better than Heatcare and Jaga Heating Products. With a strong partnership built on the back of 18 years of successful projects, when it came to identifying heating solutions for The Maltings care home there was no question that Heatcare would chose Jaga.

Located in the centre of Peterborough, The Maltings is a £2.7m development by Peterborough Care designed to modernise standards of care available in the area. Accommodating both nursing and residential occupants, it hosts a selection of state-of-the-art facilities including a cinema room, cafe, gym and computing suite to assist residents in living their lives to their fullest potential.

In accordance with the Building Regulations Approved Document M and the NHS Estates Health Guidance Note, when it came to specifying heating systems for the development Heatcare required low surface temperature (LST).

While Heatcare was familiar with Jaga’s portfolio of LST solutions - having installed Jaga’s Tempo, Sentinel and Maxi LSTs in other sites - for this particular project, Peterborough Care required something different.

“[The Maltings] required a durable unit that could provide the heat output required and was safe for the residents, but that consisted of a single panel,” explained Stephen Arrowsmith, commercial director at Heatcare. “When describing these requirements to Jaga, they were quick to provide us with a variety of options.”

After consulting closely with Heatcare throughout the design process, Jaga recommended the newest addition to the its LST portfolio – the Guardian. Equipped with Jaga’s Low-H20, energy-saving heat exchangers, a total of 101 Guardian units were installed throughout the development.

While the Guardian provides a safe and powerful heat output, one of its most beneficial features from a contractor’s point of view was its pre-assembly and one-piece casing. “[It] was incredibly simple for us to fit,” said Mr Arrowsmith. “One of our staff managed to fit 46 brackets and elements in one day. The casings were even quicker, with all 101 fitted in a single day, meaning a large saving on time and installation costs.”

The Guardian’s design was also an important consideration, he added: “Because of the vulnerability of the elderly occupants of The Maltings, it was crucial we installed radiators that were not only cool to touch but also posed no injury threat.” Because of its profiled design that avoids sharp edges, as well as complete casing to cover exposed pipework, Heatcare was confident the Guardian was the safest heating option.

After working closely with Heatcare for nearly two decades, Jaga also has a clear understanding of the logistical requirements for such projects, Mr Arrowsmith said: “When working on a new-build project, it is illogical to have equipment and products cluttering constructions sites - we do not need them at that time and have nowhere to store them.

“Jaga’s ability to provide offsite storage and phased deliveries enabled us to consign the heat exchangers and brackets to site only when we were ready for them, with the Guardian casings delivered last, which meant the casings remained in quality condition.”

Phil Marris, managing director of Jaga Heating Products UK, says: “We are in the business of partnering with developers, designers and contractors - not just on a single project but over the long term, assisting in the design and delivery of successful construction and refurbishment projects.

“Heatcare have remained a valued and loyal partner of Jaga for the past 18 years and the successful installation of our new Guardian LST in The Maltings has once again proved the value of such a partnership.”