Newly restored Wirral Christian Centre Church warms to superior DRU heating installation

DRU Kamara powered flue and Style balanced flue gas wall heaters have been deployed as the main source of heating as part of a prestigious £1 million church refurbishment project in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

Wirral Christian Centre is part of the Elim Pentecostal movement, an organisation founded by George Jeffreys in 1915. It has been active on the Wirral since 1973, running a Christian community centre with child day care facilities from a building that was originally the local children’s hospital.

The success of Wirral Christian Centre meant that it needed a larger church to accommodate its growing congregation and range of community activities. To this end, it recently acquired the formerly derelict Oxton Congregational Church, just across the road from its own headquarters in Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead.

Under the direction of the church’s dynamic Senior Minister, Rev Paul Epton, the building has been completely restored and can now comfortably accommodate a congregation of up to 500 people.

The project, which was completed in just over a year, included a new roof; a complete new vaulted timber ceiling and magnificent new leaded stained glass windows, digitally restored to their former designs.

All of the external and internal stonework has been restored to a high standard, and new features include a balcony accessed by a modern lift, new furniture, equipment and public address system.

DRU gas heaters were selected because of the company’s reputation as a specialist church heating supplier. The Kamara powered flue models, which are used in the main church, have heat outputs of 16 kW, sufficient for the very largest enclosed spaces.

They only need to be turned on about 2 hours before the church is used, as they can warm up the building quickly using forced air convection. Despite their high capacity, they are quiet and safe to operate, with cool-touch casings.

DRU Kamara heaters can be controlled manually or connected to a central time switch. They are also compatible with both natural gas and LPG. Each heater has a 100 mm diameter flue, which is installed into an outside wall. Air is drawn from outside the building for combustion, with waste gases expelled to the outside. The result is efficient and comfortable heating. In addition, the flue terminals are very unobtrusive features on the outside wall.

Further DRU Kamara heaters have been used in the theatre adjoining the main church and the youth club in the basement. In the offices, DRU has specified Style balanced flue gas heaters, which combine efficient, natural convection with a stylish contemporary appearance. (cont p2)

The £50,000 heating project was carried out by DRU approved gas heating engineers, part of the company’s national network of qualified installers. Commenting on the installation, Rev Paul Epton said: ‘We chose to work with DRU because of their track record with other Elim church projects. We found their approach to be sensible, methodical and competitively priced. In addition, their engineers did a first class job and conducted themselves with discretion and courtesy.’

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