Can LST radiators be installed in listed buildings?

  • 28 Aug 2019

Contour discusses installing LST radiators into listed buildings and what considerations have to be taken into account during the process.

A listed building or structure is one that is of historic significance and has been placed on one of the four lists managed by Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Cadw Wales and The Northern Ireland Environment Agency. As a result, listed buildings can’t be demolished or altered without specialist permission from the local planning authorities and consultation with central governments.

Typical examples of listed buildings are:

– Churches, chapels, cathedrals and monasteries
– Castles
– Stately Homes
– Theatres and Town Halls
– Government buildings such as The Palace of Westminster
– Old school and college buildings
– Foundries and factories with historical significance
– Points of interest such as Abbey Road Recording Studio

Listed buildings often include features which cannot be adapted, moved or demolished and will have to worked around to install LST radiators.

Specialist listed building consent will have to be acquired before any work can begin to install a heating system into the space to ensure that the building can be safely adapted to accommodate the LST radiators without damage.

Some planning offices may request that there is little to no scarring to the building that would indicate work has been completed. No matter what restrictions have to be worked around, it’s vital that everybody, particularly those installing the LST radiator, understand what’s expected of them.

With a systematic approach, installation of LST radiators into listed buildings can be done without damaging any of the existing building.

Many post 19 th century listed buildings may have pipework in the flooring which, depending on weather or not this needs to be replaced, may make this space suitable for a free standing LST radiator rather than a wall mounted one.

If this is the case it will be established during the survey stage of installing them to ensure that the process is smooth throughout and that you get the right heating system for the space.

In most listed buildings it’s recommended that you use hot water heating systems rather than electric or underfloor heating because they can require serious altercations to the structure of the building. Similarly, it’s important to find a permanent heating solution such as LST radiators rather than make use of portable ones because they pose a fire risk.

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