Gaia install underfloor heating for high-profile developments

Part of the wider regeneration of Watford, The Eight Gardens is a residential and commercial development from Berkeley Homes, featuring studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments surrounded by landscaped gardens and art installations.

Due to Gaia’s long-standing relationship as a trusted supplier for Berkeley Homes, they were asked to provide pricing for The Eight Gardens project (Block S3 and S6).

The original design involved wet underfloor heating through Heat Interface Units with a gas energy plant room or air-source heat pumps.

However, Gaia proposed using exclusively electric underfloor heating for the scheme.

This would reduce the need for heat pumps and energy plant rooms, therefore lowering capital costs for the developer. Also, it would minimise maintenance costs for homeowners, and provide quicker heat-up times.

Following their proposal, Gaia managed the entire electric underfloor heating design and installation process. Their team levelled the structural slab with latex before installing thermal insulation boards and electric underfloor heating systems, finished with a latex screed on top to achieve an SR1 finish.

By delivering their services from design to completion, Gaia provided a single point of accountability and streamlined the process for the client.

This is just one case study within an extensive portfolio of underfloor heating projects Gaia has completed across London and the surrounding areas.

The underfloor heating experts worked with Telford Homes to deliver a customised underfloor heating specification for the former Elizabeth Arden factory site – which is being transformed into a new mixed-use development, with the majority of space allocated to residential properties.

Gaia provided the complete design, installation and commissioning of wet underfloor heating systems throughout the 374 apartments.

Also, as part of a long-standing partnership with Woodford Heating, Gaia provided full design, supply, installation and commissioning of Polypipe wet underfloor heating systems for High Street Quarter in Hounslow – a £210 million scheme featuring 528 residential properties.

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