Roth solar selected for South Bank scheme

Roth solar thermal collectors have been selected for a prestigious mixed-use development at St George Wharf on London’s South Bank. Representing Roth’s largest single UK solar installation, 94 of the company’s Heliostar 218 flat plate collectors are being supplied.

The collectors form part of a solar thermal solution from Roth including pump stations and auxiliary equipment. The system supplied by Roth is designed to heat part of the final phase of the seven acre site’s domestic hot water supply.

The challenging design brief set by St George Wharf was to create a thriving Thames riverside community that would rank amongst some of Europe's most spectacular landmarks. Outstanding architecture and sustainability principles are at the heart of the scheme and, accordingly, the solar thermal specification required the highest product quality.

Mike Darvill, Roth UK Managing Director comments on the selection of his company’s products:

“A polycarbonate base for the Heliostar 218 makes this a highly advanced solar flat plate collector. The product, designed by Roth at our purpose built R&D facility, is highly durable, very light and extremely efficient. Alongside product quality, the architects – Broadway Malyan, were also impressed with the honesty of our advice: we don’t speculate on output, we use advanced software to provide sensible estimates.”

Under current planning permissions, St George Wharf will offer over 1,414 private and 390 affordable new homes. The premier development also includes shops, bars, restaurants, landscaped courtyards and a 275m riverside promenade. First completions at the scheme’s Aquarius House, which comprises apartments and penthouse accommodation, are anticipated in Spring 2010.

Roth Industries was established in 1947 and is globally recognised as a specialist in plastic extrusion and solar thermal solutions. The company has a strong reputation for providing highly technical product support. The installation partner used by Roth for the St George Wharf scheme is Natural Power Wales.