AmbiRad takes to the skies

When it came to specifying a heating system for a new multi-million Typhoon maintenance hangar at the RAF Coningsby site, the choice was the Nor-Ray-Vac continuous radiant tube heating from AmbiRad. Used extensively across many new and existing RAF sites, it is a proven, highly efficient system that promises considerable cost savings over its lifecycle.

AmbiRad worked with contractor IES & Online Ltd on designing a system which took into consideration both the cavernous space and the heat loss from the frequent opening of the hangar doors. The Nor-Ray-Vac continuous gas fired radiant tube system has a rapid heat recovery time ensuring this 10,700sq m hangar stays warm.

The £18 million maintenance facility at RAF Coningsby is the result of seven years of planning between the RAF Infrastructure Board, the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Typhoon Integrated Project Team and The Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

AmbiRad provided the Nor-Ray-Vac system which has 10 x NRV 46LR burners, arranged in five zones, and two vacuum fans discharging products of combustion to the atmosphere. The burners and end vents of the NRV system are supplied with ducted fresh air to comply with the requirements of the Crown Fire Standards for an operational military aircraft hangar.

The 10 single linear units were mounted on the roof at a height of 10 metres and will provide heat for this 10,700sq m building. These efficient units have reduced running costs and qualify for inclusion on the government’s energy technology listing.

AmbiRad’s new heating system will not only reduce the time for warming the Typhoons but also provide a more comfortable and healthier environment for the maintenance teams who number over 200 when the ten bay facility is operating at full capacity.

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