The Museum of Somerset is housed in the 12th Century Taunton Castle, a stunning Grade I Listed building which recently underwent a £6.93 million refurbishment. The Museum, which first opened in 1875, reopened its doors in September 2011, after being closed for nearly four years.
In addition to a vast array of historically significant exhibits, including the Frome Hoard – the largest single-collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain – the Museum now features state-of-the-art galleries and a variety of interactive features. A crucial phase of the renovation was the installation of a new heating system throughout the Museum, which would dramatically improve the visitor experience.
The architectural practice responsible for the refurbishment was Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Jaga products were specified by King Shaw Associates, the Bath-based consulting engineer firm that specialises in low-carbon, sustainable buildings, and were installed by Heat Radiation, who have worked with Jaga on several other projects in the South-West.
Jaga supplied Mini Canal trench heating, which was installed in the Great Hall and reception areas of the Museum. The Mini Canal features Jaga’s low-mass Low-H20 heat exchanger, guaranteeing fast response, outstanding thermal efficiency, and an even, comfortable distribution of warm air. The unobtrusive Mini Canal trench heating finished with rigid aluminium grilles was discreetly set underfoot, ensuring more free space to display the museum’s important historical artefacts.White Strada radiators were used in the Museum’s café and kitchen areas, and also installed in a striking deep-red finish in the upstairs galleries.The Strada – which won the prestigious IF Design Award – features a sleek front and clean, vertical lines on its grille. Behind their casings, the Low-H2O technology inside provides high emission values, while still saving energy.
Finally, a number of Jaga’s freestanding Mini radiators were installed in the ‘New Horizons’ Gallery. The compact Minis were positioned in front of the large windows, warming any cold draughts, and continually ensuring that the Museum’s visitors remain warm even in the cold winter months.
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