Grade II listed building in cultural Barbican modernised

Now warmed with underfloor heating, the previously known YMCA building constructed between 1965 and 1971 to link the Barbican and Golden Gate Lane Estate, the Blake Tower and Grade II listed building was the work of Chamberlain Powell & Bon Architects.  The tower stands tall at number 2 Fann Street, London at the heart of The Barbican.

With its Grade II listed status, limited changes were allowed externally but internally the tower was re-modelled extensively.  The development saw 218 YMCA bedrooms converted into 74 luxury apartments across 19 floors, with 2 storeys below street level, and floors 16 – 17 containing duplex apartments.  The flats range from studio to three-bedroomed apartments.  This project was secured by Northern Ireland based M and E, KM Technical.

System: Gaia Hydronic System into grooved overlay with Heatmiser DS1-E Dial Thermostat.








Our grooved overlay system, is a unique low-profile floor heating system ideal for both renovation and

new build projects in this case a significant refurbishment into a modernised Grade II listed building.  Installed over the existing floor the grooved overlay system allows underfloor heating to be installed where traditional underfloor systems would either require expensive excavation or would require the floor to be raised to an unacceptable level.

The grooved overlay boards lay directly onto any existing level solid substrate and the 16mm pipe is placed in the pre-formed grooves. As the boards are constructed from EPS insulation with an aluminium foil layer covering, they dissipate the heat evenly across the floor. The pre-formed grooves ensure uniform pipe spacing, for faster and easier installation whilst still achieving the recommended heating output.

This was the first large project that we worked on with KM Technical.  I found them to be professional throughout the process and we’re continuing to work with them on other projects” said Joshua Demetrescu Account Manager.