Britain’s largest Theological College receives heating boost from Zehnder Terraline

Originally built in 1870, as a centre for teaching of Revd R.W. Forrest, the transformation from 19th century teaching area to 21st century education establishment was been lead by award winning architects HMDW, specialists in the conservation and restoration of grade I, II* and II listed buildings.


During the restoration the removal of white paint within the nave revealed impressive brickwork behind, which has been retained in the new building. The nave also contained balconies which have been preserved, with offices being built underneath. In order to maximise the magnificent views into the nave, floor to ceiling frameless glass partitions were erected to separate the offices from the central area, and it is around the perimeter of the glazing in front of the newly constructed offices that the Zehnder Terraline trench heating has been installed.


St Jude’s Church, Kensington, London

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HMDW architects

Taking advantage of natural convection the Zehnder Terraline forms a heat wall in front of windows to create a pleasant and comfortable indoor climate. This intelligent use of natural convection means heat is directed to where it is most needed and ensures cost effective energy usage. When additional output is required the Zehnder Terraline is fitted with fans which force natural convection to heat the room quickly and efficiently.

Moreover, thanks to its silent operation the Zehnder Terraline is able to maintain the peaceful atmosphere within the church, enhancing the working environment for building users.

“ The installation of the Zehnder Terraline was straightforward. With millimetre exact planning we are able to run the heating between the columns and used infill panels to ensure a clean and visibly attractive finish.”

Ian Puttock at Martin Thomas Associates

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