The 2012 Education Regulations stipulate that all school buildings are subject to strict standards set out to protect both pupils and staff. Whilst there is no prescribed maximum temperature, health and safety measures outline that classrooms and indoor facilities must be at least 16°C at all times. So when a newly-constructed school in Kent was in danger of failing to meet this guideline, immediate action was taken by the chief contractor.
The school was being built as part of a wider housing development but was delayed due to difficulties with sourcing a reliable gas supply. Without it, a heating system could not be commissioned which in turn would cause an indefinite postponement to the opening of a vital educational institution.
Following a site survey, we recommended the hire of a 250kW boiler which was located at the front of the building. Logistical problems and a lack of space made it infeasible to station a temporary unit near the existing boiler house, but scaffolding was used to elevate connecting hoses above the reach of children.
Once commissioned, our short-term boiler solution provided both heating and domestic hot water which allowed the customer to hand over the premises on time, and in working order. Our quick response therefore enabled the school to open when originally planned, thus circumventing the potential need to relocate pupils had the project been adjourned further