Birmingham Town Hall

Birmingham Town Hall

Application: Offices & Public Buildings

After a decade of renovation and a £35 million budget, Birmingham Town Hall was re-opened to the public as a state of the art concert venue. A critical part of the project was the installation of a new heating and ventilation solution that had no discernible noise and could fit with the aesthetic of this nineteenth century classical building.

Jaga UK devised a solution that ticked all the boxes, ensuring the comfort of audiences for years to come.


Dating from 1834, Birmingham Town Hall is one of the oldest concert halls in the world. The Grade I listed building has a distinctive colonnaded Roman temple style, but after years of disrepair, it required a comprehensive internal and external restoration.

Like many period building projects, engineers Shepherd Engineering Services (SES) were faced with a number of challenges. A new HVAC system was needed to deliver powerful yet inaudible heating as well as being sympathetic to the historic surroundings. In certain areas there was also a specific brief not to use traditional wall mounted radiators.

In order to meet these specification requirements, Jaga recommended that SES opt for 22 of Jaga UK’s Clima Canal trench heaters.

Part of Jaga UK’s Dynamic Trench range, the Clima Canal is a  powerful trench heating solution featuring near silent thermal activators that deliver high heat output from minimum dimensions.

These discreet units can be built into the floor or wall to provide ultra-fast heating, cooling and ventilation and with a choice of colours and materials available, the grille can be chosen to suit any interior.

By combining Jaga UK’s light and responsive Low-H20 heat exchanger with a thermal activator, the Clima Canal can react to temperature fluctuations nine times faster than a normal radiator, allowing for precise climatic control.

The low water and low mass heat exchanger reduces energy consumption by keeping the heating up and cooling down periods to a minimum, reducing the demand on the boiler. Heat is also only emitted when necessary so energy is not wasted by overheating a space, consequently reducing the  carbon emissions produced.

For the foyer areas, Jaga UK provided 34 specially designed and manufactured, customised low surface temperature radiators with a 45-degree sloping grille to prevent drinks or other items being placed on top and people sitting on them.

The project has been a great success, with the building now fit for purpose as a 21st-century artistic venue to make the city proud.

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