An education in heating

With the start of the new academic year approaching, The Chase School in Malvern, Worcestershire, was keen to improve the heating system on its main site ahead of the arrival of its students and the autumn chill.

The existing four boilers in this area of the academy were nearly 30 years old. With two of the four having failed and the remaining boilers operating below achievable efficiency levels, the managers sought the advice of Jeff Widdett of Worcestershire County Council in specifying a reliable, energy efficient replacement heating system.

“This was an interesting project,” said Jeff Widdett. “The boiler house had been built around the old boilers with the result that access was tight in the extreme. Yet the academy needed a decent sized model in order to deliver the necessary heating output for this large building. The challenge was to find a boiler that could offer the right level of heat but would also fit into the existing space.”

Jeff Widdett recommended installing two Remeha Gas 610-9 Eco Pro boilers for high performance heating. This boiler model was particularly suitable for this project as it is extremely compact and can be installed side-to-side, offering greater design flexibility in the plant room. The Remeha Gas 610 Eco Pro can also be easily disassembled, a necessary feature for this project and the perfect solution for the installers who were tasked with manoeuvring a narrow staircase and standard doorway to reach the boiler room.

“There were a number of criteria requiring consideration on this refurbishment project,” added Carl Fry, managing director of Spa Gas, the installers of these Remeha boilers. “Taking into account the size of the boiler house, the need to dismantle the boiler, the heat output and the need for reliability, the Remeha Gas 610 Eco Pro was the only boiler suitable for the job.”

With high average annual efficiencies of 109.35%, the Remeha Gas 610 Eco Pro will also bring welcome energy and carbon savings to The Chase School in line with the academy’s environmental ethos.

“I have been impressed with the ease with which the new boilers have been fitted,” said Mike Fieldhouse, Deputy Headteacher of The Chase School, “especially considering the potential logistical nightmare. Now I’m looking forward to seeing the first energy bill!”

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