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Remeha boilers supply reliable heat at retirement home

Over the years, Hawthorn Mill in Lower Wortley, Leeds has scooped multiple awards within the Best Retirement Housing category of the National Housing for Older People awards.

The scheme’s managers, Connect Housing Association, set a high standard for their housing developments. So when the boilers at Hawthorn Mill became unreliable and started to fail repeatedly over the winter months, they were quick to act.

Premises like these have a high demand for heating and hot water. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that the system operates reliably both to satisfy the requirement and to avoid unnecessarily high running costs and energy waste.

Hawthorn Mill houses 33 flats, each with their own kitchens and bathrooms, with shared facilities including a laundry, lounge and a guest room.

Heating and hot water at the premises is served by a communal heating system. Previously, the residents had paid a generic proportion of the utility costs based on the size of their flat. Connect Housing took the decision to introduce modern Switch2 meters at Hawthorn Mill as part of the works with the objective of enabling the tenants to monitor their own energy usage and costs.

Leeds-based commercial heating engineers Sayes Ltd delivered a full turnkey solution, from initial survey and specification to installation, handover and aftercare service. Switch2 worked collaboratively with Sayes, liaising with residents in meetings and over coffee mornings to liaising to answer any questions on the meters and provide information on the installation.

The system design called for three new gas boilers with a combined heat output of 300kW to feed two heating circuits from within a central plant room. Using one central boiler plant as opposed to individual boilers makes community heating extremely efficient and cost-effective for the residents. But reliable boiler performance is essential as without heat, the building could face closure.

Three Remeha Quinta Ace 115 were specified due to their reputation for reliability and high efficiency.

Matthew Dibb, Contract Manager at Sayes Ltd said: “We’ve used Remeha boilers a lot over the years and like using them as they are both easy to install and have proved consistently ultra-reliable and problem-free.”

The new Remeha boilers feed the primary circuit which serves a cylinder on the first floor of the building. This in turn supplies heating and hot water to the communal areas within the complex. The Quinta Ace boilers also supply heat for the secondary circuit which serves individual thermal stores within each flat.

The project was delivered on time and on budget with minimal downtime of services. With the new Remeha boilers now fully operational at Hawthorn Mill, the management staff are delighted with the outcome.