Church of England Leicester Diocese Grade 1 Listed

St Mary and St Peters Church in Harlaxton is a grade 1 listed church dating back to 1558. St Mary and St Peter’s is of ironstone and limestone-ashlar construction. It comprises a chancel, north and south chancel side-chapels, nave, north and south aisles, west tower and a south porch, and is of Perpendicular style with elements of Early English and Tudor.

I was asked to look at the churches heating problems to see how they may improve the comfort levels. Their existing heating system was a pressurised warm air system running on propane gas as the church does not have access to mains gas. The warm air system was not ideal for the church as it was excessively noisy and produced high levels of condensation. Aesthetically it could best be described as visually offensive.

Not having gas on site could have proved to be a challenge but the church did have a three phase electric supply which enabled us to design and install one of our ChurchEcoMiser electric systems. The scheme was designed to mimic the behaviour of a traditional radiator system which gradually warms the church in a gradual but stable way unlike the warm air system that it replaced.

The system was controlled by our Churchwarden optimising controls to ensure maximum efficiency.