The RNLI has appointed Reznor to deliver an energy-efficient heating solution as part of an £11.2m project to build a new lifeboat centre in Poole.
Europe’s leading developer and manufacturer of energy-efficient radiant and warm air heating systems, Reznor, has been appointed to deliver a continuous radiant heating system for the new centre.
The project, called Coventina, involves the demolition of the existing lifeboat maintenance centre as well as building a new shipyard and boat centre.
Reznor provided the Nor-Ray-Vac system which is designed to give rapid response the changed conditions, uniform blanket heat coverage and was installed above the crane at 15.5m.
Nick Winton, divisional manager at Reznor commented:
“An internal boatyard has challenges, due to the sheer volume of the facility and the theoretical heat losses. Warm air heating was not an option due to the enormous volume of the building; the heat was only required at 2m above floor level. The only effective and efficient way of heating the facility was by a continuous gas fired radiant tube system, such as Nor-Ray-Vac”.
The new facility in Poole brings all-weather lifeboat construction under one roof.
The RNLI has a fleet of more than 340 lifeboats, ranging from 3.8m to 17m, and its 20-year strategy requires it to build six all-weather lifeboats a year, as well as maintaining its existing fleet.
The new station at Poole is aimed at saving the charity millions of pounds by bringing boat production in house.
The building is expected to open next year and be making lifeboats by 2019.
The RNLI says the pool of suppliers that can meet its needs has reduced dramatically as the technology involved in building lifeboats has advanced.
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