A £30 million development of luxury flats above a new Isambard Kingdom Brunel heritage centre in Bristol’s historic harbour and on the banks of River Avon will feature the stylish new glass-fronted Dimplex Girona panel heaters.

Bristol-based Linden Homes Western has redeveloped the old dockyard site alongside Brunel’s SS Great Britain, to create the Brunel Institute and Great Western Dockyard development of 145 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

James Hurford, commercial director, Linden Homes, says: “These will be stunning apartments with fantastic views across the city so we certainly wanted something sophisticated yet understated, which we achieved with the Girona glass panel heaters using both black and white models.

“The heaters have been fitted with Dimplex central programmers so it means our customers can keep control of their energy usage and from one single point. We’ve worked with Dimplex before so we knew the company could deliver not only stylish efficient heating solutions, but also high levels of service as well.

The development has been designed by local architects Stride Treglown and will recreate the character of the old Victorian dockyard destroyed during World War II, incorporating some of the original building walls into the new design which is based on Brunel’s steamship engine factory site. Most of the ground floor will be owned by the SS Great Britain Trust and will house the new Brunel Institute.

The Girona glass-fronted panel heater, available in black or white glass, comes in a choice of sizes with outputs from 500W to 2kW, is BEAB certified, and IPX4 rated for use in bathroom or wet areas.

For energy efficiency, the Girona has advanced electronic thermostat accurate to +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius for accurate room temperatures and its design means 70% better air circulation than traditional panel heaters for quick and effective heat circulation.

To further minimise energy wastage the Girona can be combined with optional programmers to offer a variety of control options from 24 hour and runback timers to a single zone programmer able to provide 7-day on/off control for up to 10 heaters. Alternatively, as at the Linden development there is a central control option which can control up to four different zones and areas of your home from one convenient point.

The investment by Linden Homes Western, which is dedicated to regenerating brownfield sites, has helped to secure the future of SS Great Britain. The new Brunel Institute will house a new world-class archive, bringing together for the first time materials relating to engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a library including a large collection of rare and historic maritime photographs, plans books and papers and education facility for SS Great Britain which is in a dry dock there.

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