Client St Andrews University

Location St Andrews, Scotland

Sectors Facilities management

the challenge

Providing reliable central heating without disrupting students

St Andrews University - one of the UK’s most prestigious universities - needed to upgrade its old and unreliable boiler plant and pipework. Historic buildings needed to continue their research and teaching and there wasn’t a lot of room for temporary equipment.

Project fact file

75 m

Distance from boiler packages to colleges


Number of 250 kW boilers

2000 kW

Total heating capacity installed

The solution

Three bespoke heating packages in limited space up to 75m from boiler rooms

We installed four 250 kW boilers 75m from the boiler room serving United College and Irvine Building. Two 50m from the Arts Building’s boiler room and another two served the Neuroscience Building. Here space was at a premium but temperature control was critical as the building housed temperature sensitive facilities. We ran hoses from each temporary set-up to the buildings to deliver the heat and hot water.

The Aggreko difference

We learn from experience and bring that experience to you

The impact

Ideal conditions to keep students and temperature sensitive buildings constant

We installed reliable temporary boilers in three locations. This allowed lectures and research to continue uninterrupted, while the university upgraded its boiler plant and pipework. And we ensured we didn’t take up too much valuable space.

"When we were challenged with implementing our refurbishment programme immediately, we knew from previous experience that Aggreko were able to respond quickly".

Robert Watson Electrical Engineer ,
University of St Andrews Estates Department

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