A recent winner of the CIBSE Commissioning Project of the Year Award, the Oakham food store for the Co-operative society is an inspiring example of how to combine different technologies to create a sustainable building for the future. The superstore uses a number of different methods to efficiently maintain a pleasing internal environment including, underfloor heating, solar water heating, heat recovery and condensing boilers.
Our contribution was to provide purpose made perimeter casing to enclose the large heater batteries which were specifically designed to operate at a low water temperature. The perimeter casing construction had to be sufficiently robust to withstand a potential impact from a fully loaded shopping trolley and it had to incorporate external ducts to ensure ventilation air was preheated before entering the building. We were proud to add our design expertise to this wonderful project.