St Judes Church, Kensington

Britain’s largest Theological College receives heating boost from Zehnder Terraline.
After years of extensive renovation and refurbishment St Jude’s Church, Courtfield Gardens London was officially opened as the new home of St
Mellitus Theological College in November 2012. Creating four
lecture theatres, five seminar rooms and a library, at a cost of around £6.3m, this extensive grade II listed Victorian church is now the largest Theological College in the country.
Originally built in 1870, as a centre for teaching of Revd R.W. Forrest, the transformation from 19th century teaching area to 21st century education
establishment was been lead by award winning architects HMDW, specialists in the conservation and restoration of grade I, II* and II listed buildings.
During the restoration the removal of white paint within the nave revealed impressive brickwork behind, which has been retained in the new building. The nave also contained balconies which have been preserved, with offices being built underneath. In order to maximise the magnificent
views into the nave, floor to ceiling frameless glass partitions were erected to separate the offices from the central area, and it is around the perimeter of the glazing in front of the newly constructed offices that the Zehnder Terraline trench heating has been installed.
Russell Hanslip, title, at HMDW architects explains, “Heating such a large and varied building required careful consideration and as such a wide range of heating solutions have been specified throughout the project.
The unobtrusive nature of the Zehnder Terraline was the most appropriate solution for the nave area as it enabled us to maintain our design flexibility, retain the aesthetic of the building, and ensure a seamless view of the
wonderful brickwork from the offices.”
Taking advantage of natural convection the Zehnder Terraline forms a heat wall in front of windows to create a pleasant and comfortable indoor
climate. This intelligent use of natural convection means heat is directed to where it is most needed and ensures cost effective energy usage. When
additional output is required the Zehnder Terraline is fitted with fans which force natural convection to heat the room quickly and efficiently.
Moreover, thanks to its silent operation the Zehnder Terraline is able to maintain the peaceful atmosphere within the church, enhancing the working environment for building users.
Leading building services consultants for historic buildings and cultural heritage, Martin Thomas Associates, were commissioned to manage
the mechanical and electrical requirements of the project. Ian Puttock, Job Title, at Martin Thomas Associates comments; “The installation of the Zehnder Terraline was straightforward. With millimetre exact planning
we are able to run the heating between the columns and used infill panels to ensure a clean and visibly attractive finish. As the heating was also installed within a raised floor we had the added benefit of incorporating
additional building services into the void.” Offering valuable training and
resources in theology and Christian practice St Mellitus College is now looking forward to an exciting future within their new facilities at St Jude’s
Church. Available in wide range of sizes to suit differing installation
requirements the Zehnder Terraline can be used for small residential projects, through medium-sized offices and showrooms, to large glass
fronted buildings or rooms with floor to ceiling glazing. They also offer a comprehensive design service to help with complex specifications and are available for site visits if requested.