Temporary heating and how water system at St Andrews | Aggreko UK

Lessons in providing a quick temporary heating and hot water system


The University of St Andrews has an established reputation as one of the world’s leading research and teaching centres. Being an older campus with many historical buildings, there were a number of issues stemming from an unreliable boiler system. The whole heating and hot water system needed to be shut down so the boilers and pipework could be replaced.

The customer needed a quick temporary heating and hot water boiler package to ensure the buildings could continue to be used for their research and teaching activity.

Aggreko's solution

Aggreko provided three separate bespoke heating packages totalling 2000 kW to different buildings owned by the university.

We placed four 250 kW boilers 75m away from the boiler room serving the United College and Irvine Building. Hoses were run to provide heating and hot water to these buildings, ensuring lectures were able to continue as normal.

A further two 250 kW boilers were installed 50m from the boiler room at the Arts Building, while two others were situated at the Psychology and Neuroscience Building. 

Our main challenge in the third building was the extremely limited space available for the equipment. As this building housed temperature-sensitive facilities, it was critical that we kept the temperature at a constant level.  

Why was Aggreko chosen?

Aggreko already provided the University of St Andrews with a contingency plan service for power and they were impressed with our previous responsiveness.  This gave them the confidence that we could provide a reliable temporary heating and hot water system during their ongoing boiler and pipework refit, so staff and students could continue their work without interruption.

When we were challenged with implementing our refurbishment programme immediately, we naturally spoke to Aggreko first. We knew they were able to respond quickly from previous experience with their contingency planning service.

Robert Watson, Electrical Engineer, University of St Andrews Estates Department