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Woodland Barn Boutique B&B inear Durham


Bespoke, high-performance underfloor heating within a new-build both to the ground floor, in screed, and to suspended timber upper floor, connecting to an air source heat pump.


Upper floor – 14mm Fastflo tubing held within ClippaPlate® giving flexible, high heat output underfloor heating solution for suspended timber floors

Ground floor – 14mm Fastflo tubing held in screed with Cliptrack, underfloor heating solution for buildings of concrete slab or beam and block construction

Bespoke UFH and ASHP solution for a luxury 2-bedroom B&B in a beautiful, yet challenging, location

Nu-Heat was asked to become involved with an extension to an existing property to run as a luxury 2-bedroom B&B in a beautiful, yet challenging, location on the outskirts of Durham.

Total UFH area – 69m² Cliptrack ground floor, 64m² ClippaPlate® upper floor, 133m² in total.

Heat Pump – User-supplied air source heat pump.

Installer – Marshall & McCourt Plumbing & Heating Contractors Ltd.

Project brief

Nu-Heat was asked to design and supply a bespoke underfloor heating (UFH) system for a two storey new-build extension to an existing property, to enable the owners to run this as a self-contained B&B.

The clients, Mr & Mrs Sanderson, bought their property on the outskirts of Durham, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) – which is also a wildlife corridor, a green belt and conservation area – all factors requiring careful consideration during renovation and build. This was eight years ago, and the challenge at the time was to renovate a property from an old brick drying barn, set in three-quarters of an acre of garden. The client opted for a Nu-Heat ground source heat pump (GSHP) solution installed when they renovated the original barn and specified that Nu-Heat were the supplier for phase two.

The second phase was to build a business solution on their land, in the form of a new-build extension to run as a bed and breakfast. Getting planning permission approval was not easy but extremely worthwhile once the property was finished.

The resulting Woodland Barn Boutique B&B has been so stylishly completed that it has become a popular destination in the Durham area, with glorious views and the utmost comfort for both two and four legged guests!

Project solution

As the client wanted a cost-effective and future-proofed solution,  as part of a wider conscious decision to be environmentally sensitive, an air source heat pump (ASHP) was married up with underfloor heating to both ground and upper floors. Choosing an air source over a ground source heat pump was not only due to the achievable scale of the B&B extension but also, quite rightly selfishly, down to the client not wanting to dig up their much tended garden created over the eight years since the initial conversion!

Working with Nu-Heat

“Working with Nu-Heat was a great experience as both the pre-installation technical and design support was fantastic, as was the post-installation customer support. The ordering process was seamless and the products arrived when promised and were also really well packaged and labelled, making our work easier.

The installation went smoothly as the Nu-Heat design and supporting paperwork was brilliantly comprehensive, avoiding any issues during the install itself.

The products supplied were of great quality and simple to install.

Overall, we would recommend working with Nu-Heat and continue to do so, on other projects.” Ryan Marshall, Managing Director, Marshall & McCourt

Tailor-made solutions for all properties

Whatever the age, size or construction of your home, chances are it’s suitable for underfloor heating. Whether you’re plotting an extension, tackling a new build or giving your existing home a complete overhaul, Nu-Heat will design your underfloor heating to be the perfect fit.

Call Nu-Heat on 01404 549770 or email info@nu-heat.co.uk to discuss your upcoming projects. You can also view our Underfloor Heating page for more information

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