BRISTOL OLD VIC
Remeha boilers warm it up at newly refurbished Bristol Old Vic
Bristol Old Vic, England’s oldest continually operating theatre, has undergone a major refurbishment of its historic auditorium and backstage areas.
The sensitive £12 million redevelopment of this Grade 1 listed building has combined the best of old and new, protecting the original design of the unique horseshoe-shaped Georgian auditorium whilst allowing 21st century technologies to bring improved acoustics and increased comfort to this historic theatre. The result is a new stage re-instated in its original pre-1880 position, new seating, new performance and rehearsal spaces, and, for the benefit of actors and audience alike, an agreeable ambient temperature throughout provided by the new air-conditioning system and two energy saving Remeha Gas 310-5 boilers.
It was the task of Bristol Intoheat Ltd., working with consultant James Outram of Hoare Lea Mechanical and Electrical Consulting Engineers, and Ian Morgan of green house building and construction group Galliford Try, to specify the appropriate heating system for the theatre.
A key aspiration of Bristol Old Vic was to reduce the energy consumption and fuel bills. Prior to the refurbishment, the heating for the theatre complex came from old oil fired boilers which were inefficient and wasteful. Following the recommendation of Intoheat Ltd., Remeha Gas 310 Eco Pro boilers were installed to deliver reliable, effective, energy efficient heating.
“We’ve used Remeha boilers on several projects,” said John Rankin of Intoheat Ltd., “and find their products and aftersales service to be excellent. At the Bristol Old Vic, the plant room is extremely small. Working in such a tight space, it was very helpful that the Gas 310 has such a small footprint.”
The Remeha Gas 310/610 Eco Pro is compact and lightweight, designed for easy installation in restricted spaces. It can fit through any standard doorway and is easily disassembled for projects where access is awkward, making it the perfect solution for renovation and refurbishment projects such as this impressive project at the Bristol Old Vic.
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