Sound sustainable solution for Olympic Glasshouse Gardens

Leading underfloor heating (UFH) contractor, Warmafloor, has provided a fast-track UFH fit out for the prestigious Glasshouse Gardens development on the Olympic site at Stratford in East London.

Fact File

  • Year: 2014
  • Size:
  • Type: High-Rise
  • Sector: Residential
  • Floor Type: Solid Floor Screed

The project

underfloor heating at Glasshouse GardensDesigned by architects Allies & Morrison and built by Lendlease, the development features 333 residential apartments across a 30-storey and 17-storey building. Set in landscaped gardens, the luxury blocks overlook the iconic Olympic legacy landmarks of the London Stadium, Aquatics Centre and ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Each apartment is designed to save at least 30 per cent in CO2 emissions and energy compared to other London apartments of a similar size – creating a more sustainable and cost effective build.

The solution

To achieve this, Warmafloor’s UFH system was selected to provide the required heat outputs within a screeded floor system. However, wanting to boost the energy efficiency levels even further, Warmafloor’s technical team was able to demonstrate that fitting an UFH in conjunction with an acoustic floor system would save significant time and money through improved installation efficiency, and provide an improved heating output. To deliver this, Warmafloor’s team of eight engineers worked to install a floor a week throughout the building.

The benefits

The cutting-edge UFH solution complements sustainable technologies throughout the building, including energy saving lighting system, LED technology, water saving sanitary systems and insulation to improve energy efficiency.

In addition to this, the entire building is heated by London’s largest District Heating Scheme (DHS) located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford City. The District Heating Scheme uses a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) generation system which provides a more efficient generation of both heat and cooling with fewer carbon dioxide emissions than conventional systems.