James Aiton Primary School

James Aiton Primary School

Application: Schools & Universities
Client: South Lanarkshire Council

As part of South Lanarkshire Council’s primary school’s modernisation programme, James Aiton Primary School underwent a £7 million demolishment and complete re-build – opening its doors to students at the beginning of June 2013.

Jaga worked closely with the local council on developing a HVAC system which would not only heat the school but ventilate it too – providing fresh, clean air throughout the classrooms whilst maintaining comfortable temperatures.


James Aiton Primary School in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, has undergone a large-scale transformation with a complete re-build. The new state-of-the-art facility comprises of seven classrooms, separate assembly and dining halls, as well as a library and information and communications technologies room.

A key part of the project was the installation of an environmentally friendly heating and ventilation system. With the building equipped with a biomass boiler to reduce its carbon emissions, it was imperative the educational facility was outfitted with efficient heating capable of working with this heat source.

Additionally, South Lanarkshire Council required a system that not only provided heat, but also fresh, clean air throughout the classrooms – preventing the hot and uncomfortable feeling generated from the build-up of CO2

Working in close partnership with the local authority, Jaga UK recommended an approach that combined the Oxygen ventilation system with bespoke Maxi LST radiators (now superseded by our Maxi 2020 LST).

James Aiton Primary School became the first school in Scotland to implement Jaga UK’s unique Oxygen technology, an intelligent and fully programmable mechanical ventilation solution ideally suited for educational environments where concentration and productivity are paramount.

The Jaga Oxygen unit’s four mechanisms combine to create a controlled cycle of clean air, ensuring consistent circulation throughout the space, monitoring and controlling CO2 levels in the process.

The advanced intelligence of the HVAC system also allows for a master control to automatically regulate the intake of air based on the CO2 concentration measurements and expel the stale air outside at the same rate. 

The result is a fully balanced system which ensures the optimum indoor air quality (IAQ) – a factor proven to improve student productivity and reduce sickness absence.

Another high priority for the specifiers was safety, particularly for children at primary school age. Low surface temperature radiators (LST) are the perfect solution to prevent children from coming into direct contact with hot surfaces. The school opted for the Maxi LST (now superseded by Maxi LST) which features an outer casing which remains cool to touch. These products also incorporate the Jaga award winning Low-H2O heat exchanger technology –  the low mass, low water content radiators that use just a tenth of the water required by standard steel panel radiators making them more cost effective and efficient to run.

Jaga UK provided a bespoke solution with oversized radiator casings to aid the contractor in concealing all pipework connections and builders work openings so there were no exposed dangers – preventing the risk of accidental burns.

Additionally, with an installation of 18 LST radiators, it was crucial to use a solution that was unobtrusive within the learning environment.  The two-metre bespoke Maxi LST provided a discreet, compact unit, with the same output as larger radiators.

With the energy-efficient heating and ventilation system in place, the school is now benefitting from optimal indoor air quality which is critical to educational success.

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