The First Derry Presbyterian Church

Project – The First Derry Presbyterian Church

Consultant Engineers – Delap & Waller

Architects – Bond Architects

Builders – Woodvale Construction

Contractor – Scott & Ewing

The Heating Solution – Jaga Mini Canal & Zehnder Nova



Sometime after the lifting of the siege of Derry in 1689, a new Presbyterian meeting house was built within the walls, on the site that continues to be occupied by the present church. To assist with the building, Queen Mary provided a large donation in recognition of the sacrifices of Presbyterians in the defence of Derry.

The current First Derry Presbyterian Church was first opened in 1780, and is believed to be on the site of an earlier Presbyterian Church of 1690. The foundation stone of this earlier building can be found above the centre door, inscribed with the Roman numerals M.D.C.X.C (1690). In 1828 the pediment and cornices of Dungiven sandstone was added.

The church has recently been re-opened following a programme of works that has totally renovated the building. Having been closed for a period of eight years, the church is once again being used as a place of worship.

The Solution

Consultants Delap & Waller worked closely with Versatile Heating for the most energy efficient, and the most aesthetically pleasing products to place within The First Derry Presbyterian Church, hence the chosen products selected from the Versatile range were the Jaga Mini Canal Perimeter window solution and the Zehnder Nova radiator in Both Vertical and Horizontal versions.


Jaga Mini Canal:

Perfect for providing heat alongside glazed facades, the Mini Canal is discreet and convenient – especially as it is delivered fully-assembled and ready to fit. The heater is extremely versatile, with its varying depth, size and multiple grille material options. The Mini Canal uses Low-H2O technology, saving energy costs while remaining highly responsive to temperature changes.


Zehnder Nova – Vertical & Horizontal:

Supplied in vertical or horizontal versions and in a wide range that includes double panels or combinations of panel and convector fins, the Zehnder Nova provided the total solution for the Guild Hall In Derry.

Advantages for use within this project are as follows:

Low water content with efficient, fast heat up

• Durable powder coat finish (Standard RAL9016 white)

• Wide range of colours including metallic finishes

• Horizontal (H) and Vertical (V) types available

• Floor mounted options

• Raised access floor application option

• High pressure options

• Bespoke connection positions, vertical or horizontal entry

• Tested to current EN442 requirements


Poletti Brass Valves were used on the vertical Zehnder Novas, selected for their antique finish and superior quality– The set shown below were used on this project, however there are many more styles avaialble from the Poletti Range.

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