Skainos Project

Project – Skainos Regeneration Development Project

Consultant Engineers – IN2

Architects – Donnelly O’ Neill Architects

Builders – Farrans

Contractor – Vaughan Engineering Limited

The Heating Solution – Jaga Mini Canal Units / Zehnder Nova Radiators

The Details

The Skainos Project is an urban regeneration project in inner East Belfast providing shared space for community transformation and renewal.


The Skainos Project is an urban regeneration development in inner East Belfast providing shared space for community transformation and renewal. Growing out of the work of the East Belfast Mission (EBM) it brings together a range of strategic partnerships which will contribute to the holistic regeneration of one of the most economically and socially deprived communities in Northern Ireland.

Skainos gathers under one roof all aspects of the work undertaken by EBM including homelessness services, employability, social economy projects, youth work, family work, community development and peace building as well as a vibrant worshipping community. A range of partners will also share the space including Oaklee Housing Association, Belfast Metropolitan College and Age NI.

The Jaga Solution

Jaga products were specified by IN2 Consulting firm that specialises in low-carbon, sustainable buildings, and were installed by Vaughan Engineering Limited, who have worked on numerous other Jaga projects.

Due to the fact that much of the building features floor to ceiling glazing, engineers required a space heating option that would provide high heat output but with an aesthetic to suit the architects’ overall vision for a modern, minimalist feel. Mechanical and electrical engineers, IN2 decided Jaga’s discreet Canal trench heaters were precisely the solution they were looking for.

Recessed flush to the floor, the Mini Canal is a powerful trench heating solution that is ideal for eliminating the problems associated with large glazed facades such as cold downward air flow, condensation and hot and cold spots. With a minimum recess depth of just 9cm, this unobtrusive heat delivery option is perfectly suited for use in buildings with multiple storeys or floating floors.

Part of Jaga’s Energy Savers range, the Mini Canal benefits from the company’s innovative Low-H2O technology. Based on the concepts of low mass, low water the Low-H2O heat exchanger, which lies hidden behind the grille, has a reduced thermal mass allowing for a higher response rate and precise climatic control. This sustainable heating technology has been proven to reduce energy consumption, contributing to lower CO2 levels and cheaper fuel bills.

The Zehnder Solution

The Zehnder Nova was supplied to the Skainos project due to its slim and attractive panelling that provided complete flexibility of design and installation. We supplied both vertical & horizontal versions to enhance the particular area that the units were to be placed to help with the aesthetics of the building.

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