A kool solution for insulating historic building pipework

Kooltherm Pipe Insulation from Kingspan has been selected for a Grade 1 listed Georgian spa hotel in Buxton. Here we find out why…


ingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation is one of the most thermally efficient pipework

insulation materials available, with an aged thermal conductivity as low as 0.025W/mK (at 10°C). As a result, this has been chosen to insulate the pipework distributing ancient thermal spring water around a refurbished Georgian spa hotel in Buxton. Constructed during the 18th and 19th

Centuries, the historic Crescent, Natural Baths and Pump Room have been restored as part of a £70 million project by Buxton Crescent, which is jointly owned by CP Holdings and the Trevor Osborne Property Group, established to deliver the project and manage it on completion. The regeneration project includes a thermal natural mineral water spa, visitor attraction (managed by the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust), retail units, and an 81-bedroom luxury spa hotel to be operated by ENSANA. Freehold of the

buildings is held by High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council who, alongside the Heritage Lottery Fund, also provided grant funding for the project.

MEETING THE CHALLENGES There were significant challenges faced by the project team which included Vinci Construction UK and Imtech, including the Crescent building’s Grade 1 listed status, its poor state of repair, and its close location to the town’s historic springs. But while the focus has been on sensitive restoration, the building services specification also makes use of modern technologies which will make the building both comfortable and cost efficient to run. This is why Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation was installed on concealed pipework throughout the buildings. The performance offered by the insulation


allowed pipework – including that used to transport the naturally heated thermal water – to be effectively insulated with the thinnest possible thickness of insulation. This was a key requirement for the project as

Richard Drew, managing director of installers Gill Insulation, explained: “This was a highly complex installation due to the Grade 1 listed nature of the building which limited the scale of alterations that were possible and meant pipework had to be lagged in highly confined spaces. Our highly experienced installers were able to overcome these challenges through careful detailing and installation, along with the reduced overall diameters of the insulated pipework which could be achieved with Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation.” In addition to its excellent thermal

performance, Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation also supports a healthy environment

for guests at the luxury hotel. The product is certified as a best-in-class low emitter of harmful VOCs under the Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold standard, showing it complies with some of the most demanding voluntary specifications from across Europe. Additional benefits of the insulation are

that it possesses excellent smoke and fire characteristics, with a Euroclass reaction to fire rating of BL,s1,d0. A BIM object can also be freely downloaded from the bimstore in Revit format. With Kingspan Technical Insulation’s free

Pipeline Technical Advisory Service, which can be contacted on 0808 168 7363, clear advice and guidance can be accessed at every stage in a project, the company explains.



TrustMark is working alongside government to help deliver the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme. The vouchers will allow homeowners to obtain funding for up to two-thirds (up to £5000) of the cost of the energy efficiency measures identified, while lower income households including those on certain benefits could be entitled to have as much as £10,000 of the costs fully covered. They will be able to use the vouchers to install one or more of the following: External

wall insulation; internal wall insulation; cavity wall insulation • Under-floor insulation: solid floor • Under-floor insulation: suspended floor • Loft insulation; flat roof insulation; room-in- roof insulation • Park home insulation • Air source; ground source heat pump • Solar thermal • Biomass boiler. In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures. These

include one or more of the following: Draught proofing; double or triple glazing; secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing • Energy efficient replacement doors • Hot water tank thermostat; hot water tank insulation; heating controls.



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