Eltham Palace Heating System Replacement

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Eltham Palace Heating System Replacement

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Listed on English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest, Eltham Palace is one of only a few medieval royal palaces in England with substantial remains intact. The site area comprised of the Great Hall, Orangery, the Main House including back of house areas, plant rooms and roof areas.

Works broadly covered the replacement of the entire heating system with underfloor coils and radiators including new boilers to the heating installation. Works included all necessary enabling works including taking up fitted carpets, floor boards, paving slabs and the like and subsequent reinstatement.

The existing redundant buried underfloor heating pipework / coils were removed or capped off in situ where removal was not appropriate, and these were replaced generally with all new plastic heating coils. Period radiators were installed to office facilities.

The project required a careful approach to remove oak boarding and stone flag flooring and replace on completion. Everything was stacked, numbered and scheduled in order that it could be reinstated on completion of the installation. Works were carried out in a very careful manner despite the intrusive and potentially damaging installation. Through careful and considered working methodologies and thorough record taking we ensured that we left everything as we found it in line with conservation guidelines. 

Sykes carried out both the Building Fabric and M&E services packages of works in-house using some specialist sub-contractors where appropriate for commissioning, stone masonry etc.