Dunham-Bush provided the new Smythe Library at Tonbridge School with its Pedestal Finvector perimeter heating and its fan assisted Aerocourse trench heating.
As part of the recent £6.1 million refurbishment project undertaken by Buxton Contractors Ltd. The new facility reflects a growing school, changes to the school’s curriculum, the use of modern technology and the need for flexible teaching spaces.
Trench heating was chosen as the most suitable solution for heating in the library, stairwell and office areas, where space was at a premium.
Approximately 50m of fan assisted trench heating was supplied, to ensure heat is delivered as and when needed. The quick response time of the Aerocourse units delivers economy and comfort in equal proportions.
In keeping with the library’s design and the high quality of building materials used, the AFA-1 type trench heating units were installed and finished with 180mm wide solid oak grilles.
The stairwell areas were fitted with AFA-2 type heating units and finished with 270mm wide solid oak grilles to match the flooring.
Attractive anodized aluminium grilles were fitted to the AFA-1 and AFA- 2 trench systems installed in the Learning Support Offices.
The Chan Café was added to the building as a community gathering area, adjacent to the new well-equipped teaching areas. Here forty bespoke pedestal style Finvectors were selected to fit neatly and unobtrusively into the window alcoves of both the café and study areas.
Colour coordinated casing and grilles added to the building’s fresh modern design.
The heating installation was undertaken by SMS (Southern Ltd) and the new library was officially opened last year by HRH Princess Alexandra.