Bridport United Church

Bridport United Church

Application: Churches & Historical Buildings
Client: Bridport United Church

The United Church is a 19th century building in the bustling Dorset market town of Bridport, serving its local community with regular church services and events. Over the years the church has undergone major renovations in order to modernise the space whilst retaining its traditional characteristics.

As part of this, it was recommended that a new bespoke heating system be installed to increase visitor comfort and improve running costs and efficiencies.



Churches are notoriously difficult spaces to heat and Bridport United Church was no exception. Its expansive main worship area features high ceilings and two floors of seating which required high output low surface temperature (LST) radiators to maintain consistent temperatures. LST radiators were also required for the church’s main entrance and a function room towards the rear of the building.

The Jaga UK technical team conducted a site visit and survey of the building and suggested the bespoke Maxi LST Continuous DBE (now superseded by our Maxi 2020 LST product) was selected as the primary heat source for the main area. As the radiators are joined together, they gave the seamless, sleek appearance of one long radiator lining the edges of the hall. They were also fitted with low surface temperature radiator casings in order to fulfil the church’s safety requirements, keeping surface temperatures below 43°C and therefore entirely safe to touch.

In order to provide as much heat as possible, the system was specified to provide a minimum output of 65kW. Jaga’s Dynamic Boost Effect (DBE) fan units were also included to ensure optimal temperatures could be obtained quickly and quietly.

In addition to the main hall, Jaga UK provided perimeter heating for the church’s upper gallery. At the back of the church beneath a large stained single-glazed window, the Mini Canal DBE trench radiator was installed into the floor – providing ample warmth without detracting from the stunning visual appeal of the glass façade. Additionally, Mini Freestanding radiators were installed beneath pews around the edges of the gallery, specified in ‘chocolate brown’ to ensure they were in keeping with the gallery’s rustic wooden aesthetic.

In the function room behind the church, Jaga’s easy-to-install Guardian LST radiator with one-piece casing was chosen to manage the heat loads, and the main entrance area was specified with Tempo LST and bespoke Maxi LST radiators (now superseded by our Maxi 2020 LST product).

Each radiator is equipped with Low-H₂O heat emitter technology this is a low mass, low water content approach used across many of the Jaga range of radiators utilising up to 90% less water. This makes them  more compact and heat up and cool down much faster than any alternative, resulting in energy savings which is – ideal for a church with limited budget.

Client Quote

Peter Kersha, Treasurer at Bridport United Church said:

“The considerations for the radiators were about far more than just the heat. We needed a solution that tied in with the building aesthetically, whilst retaining the space down the perimeter aisles of the hall. Of course, on top of that, they had to be exceptionally safe and strong. People frequently lean on the radiators so it was imperative that we had the LST radiator casings to prevent visitors from harm.

“Overall, we are very happy with the radiators and the technical service that our installers, Boilerman Ltd. of Bridport, received from Jaga UK throughout the entire renovation. Alongside the benefits and reassurance that the site visits provided, it has been very helpful to know that someone is always available on the other end of the phone.”

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