Ideal Heating shares plans for UK Technology Centre

Ideal Heating’s £19.2m research centre in Hull will support the development of low carbon technologies, including heat pumps, and drive further innovation in the way homes can be heated sustainably.

The facility is set to be operational in early 2025 and will house a range of simulators, test rigs and environmental chambers, all of which will advance the efficiency and performance of Ideal Heating’s product portfolio.

Ideal Heating Chief Operations Officer Jason Speedy said:

The UK Technology Centre represents a significant investment in more ways than one.

We’re part-way through a £60m development programme at our National Avenue headquarters in Hull, largely focused on heat pump production, distribution and innovation. The R&D facility forms a key part of that programme.

But, more than that, the UK Technology Centre signals a new chapter in our 100-plus years of history in Hull. It will enable us to continue the evolution of the products which will heat homes for decades to come.

The UK Technology Centre will provide a purpose-designed new home for Ideal Heating’s expert R&D team, which has an increasing range of engineering roles related to design, development, electronics, simulation and product testing.

Laboratory facilities will enable R&D teams to simulate a range of scenarios and conditions to test new innovations and advancements.

The centre will also house a heat pump testing area, workshop spaces and a training room.

The UK Technology Centre will have roof-mounted solar panels generating renewable electricity for the building and air source heat pumps serving the mechanical heating system.

LED lighting and controls will help reduce energy consumption within the building and high-performance building fabrics will reduce heat loss.