Located five miles south-west of Manchester, Brindley Lodge is a retirement development comprising one and two bedroom apartments.
A growing phenomenon affecting millions in Britain today manifests itself in an entire generation feeling guilty and worried about ‘abandoning’ older family members. At Brindley Lodge, Churchill Retirement Living has tackled this problem head on.
The developers ensured that all residents not only have continued independence and peace of mind through living in a supportive community environment, but that the apartments themselves are secure, highly desirable and offer truly comfortable living conditions that recognise the particular needs of the elderly.
As an innovator in implementing renewable technologies into its developments, Churchill sought an experienced partner to help install a heating solution that harmonised with its commitment to providing a warm, safe and environmentally friendly residential space.
For Brindley Lodge, heat pumps were used to provide ample warmth whilst using minimal energy. In Jaga, Churchill found the most compatible partner for its needs. Jaga’s wide range of Dynamic Boost Effect (DBE) radiators perform at their best with low flow temperature systems, and Jaga’s vast experience and knowledge gained from implementing systems in similar scenarios made it the obvious choice.
After careful consideration, Tony Johnson, Jaga’s designated representative on the project, recommended the Strada DBE as the optimal solution. Its high output and responsiveness, safe to touch panelling and low carbon footprint makes it an ideal radiator for utilising the benefits of heat pump technology at residential developments.
Once both parties had established the solution, Jaga oversaw the installation of Strada DBE wall-mounted radiators throughout all the apartments, as well as in the Owners’ Lounge and Wellbeing Suite communal areas.
The Strada DBE incorporates Jaga’s Low-H₂O technology, with a super conductive and ultra-fast heat exchanger, for low energy consumption and maximum heat emission. The energy-efficiency of these radiators was a critical factor in their selection as affordable warmth is important because occupants pay their own power bills. Similarly, the unusually high output that the Strada is able to provide from discretely sized units also vital as elderly people tend to need higher room temperatures to feel comfortable, yet don’t want to be burdened with an oversized unit to reach that output requirement.
While the apartments are generously proportioned, the contemporary yet timeless, slim-line design further ensures that the Strada radiators do not overly intrude into the usable space. The fact that the radiators always remains at a safe surface temperature was another important consideration for specification in such an environment with vulnerable residents.
In addition to their support in product specification, installation and commissioning, Jaga sought to ensure that the system could be put to best-effect by its end-users, as well as those tasked with the day-to-day operation of the building.
A product induction was provided for Lodge Managers, enabling them to capably assist any of the residents with the products. The residents themselves were then provided with Homeowner Operating Instructions to ensure they could make swift adjustments to the radiators and have their personal heating preferences fulfilled.