Zehnder Multicolumn radiators are being fitted as part of the extensive refurbishment work taking place at The Robert Fitzroy Academy in Davidson Road, central Croydon.
Previously used by Croydon College and as an Academy, this Victorian building lends itself perfectly to refurbishment as a Primary School and will help accommodate the growing number of children in the town. Opening in stages, the project is planned to run over the next seven years with the new school ultimately providing places for 840 boys and girls aged 4 - 11 years. The first stage, for 120 Reception year pupils, opened in September 2012 with classrooms for all seven year groups expected to be completed by 2019.
The Zehnder Multicolumn radiator was chosen for its aesthetic and efficiency advantages, as well as providing important functional benefits. Being manufactured from steel the Zehnder Multicolumn is extremely robust and durable which makes it ideal for use in an educational setting, and with no sharp edges or corners the risk of injury is reduced.
Pawel Monasterski, Mechanical Design Engineer at Aktins who worked on this scheme, explains "The Zehnder Multicolumn radiator was the ideal choice for this refurbishment. Given the construction date of the building, the classic design and timeless elegance of the Zehnder Multicolumn radiator provides a perfect fit with the surroundings. Its high heat emissions also ensure a comfortable indoor climate for the pupils.
Price was also a big factor, with Pawel adding " The competitive price of the Zehnder Multicolumn made it an attractive option, then added to this we were also able to reduce our installation costs by specifying the Zehnder Multicolumn Completto. An option in the Multicolumn range, the Completto has a factory installed control valve (type UNI-A) built into its top connection element which enables the radiator to be installed quickly and simply, reducing time spent on site and offering additional assistance where budgets are tight.
Fitted within the newly refurbished Block C of the school the Zehnder Multicolumn Completto radiators are specified for installation throughout the remainder of the building, and will be installed as the refurbishment moves forward.