New Build country estate, Oxfordshire

A developer of significant country houses got planning permission for a new build country estate on the site of a dilapidated barn in an exceptional hillside position with far reaching views across open countryside. The site now has a10 bedroom house, staff quarters and annexe, swimming pool building and further accommodation creating an exclusive high tech home in a remote location.

RDC were asked to provide a ground source heating solution for the property, negating the need for any fossil fuels on site. The open paddocks on one side allowed for trenching and ground loops, once installed the land returned to paddock for horses with no visible signs of the loops which are buried 1.2m below the ground. Two manifolds were built underground leading back to the plantroom in which two heat pumps were installed, a 50kW unit providing all heating and hot water to the main house and staff quarters, and a 25kW unit to provide the heating and hot water for the swimming pool, games room, gym and further apartments.

All buildings have underfloor heating throughout, giving clean lines in rooms with no radiators. A central touch screen controller runs the heating in zoned areas of the property allowing the user to monitor and adjust the heating in all parts of the house from one screen, or remotely if required.

The finished buildings are well insulated throughout and designed to work well with a heat pump system, the result being a highly efficient and sustainable property that will be heated from the ground, carbon neutral and free from future volatility in the fuel markets.