Ouseburn Parks, Jesmond Dene
Ouseburn Parks include four linked parks covering a two mile stretch of the Ouseburn Valley including Jesmond Dene, Coleman’s Field, Paddy Freeman’s Park, and Heaton and Armstrong Parks. The parks include 18 Listed Buildings and 3 Scheduled Monuments.
The project involved a major refurbishment and extension of the Millfield House building, refurbishments of the Heaton Park pavilion, creation of new ‘Pets Corner’ animal pens and various ancillary buildings.
To limit electricity consumption space heating to the extension is provided by an air source heat pump, which because of its coefficient of performance provides around four times as much heating energy as it consumes electricity. The heating plant is connected to an underfloor heating system which maximises the benefits of low mean water temperature provided by the heat pump system. A new gas fired high efficiency wall hung condensing boiler producing low temperature hot water (LTHW) is installed to the existing building, to provide heating via LST radiators.
A rainwater recycling system was installed to the building which comprised of a 3000 litre rain water storage tank and associated pumps and control equipment. The system provides recycled rain water to all the hos union bib taps and urinals and WC’s.
The existing electricity supply to the building was upgraded to accommodate the extension, air source heat pumps and the additional kitchen equipment installed within the second floor kitchen. The existing building was fully re-wired as part of the refurbishment and new fluorescent lighting provided throughout the existing building and extension. Presence/Absence detection was provided to circulation spaces to reduce energy use.
The project was the recipient of a number of awards.