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Clifton College upgrades heating system with Remeha boilers

The Bristol college has improved the efficiency and reliability of its heating system by installing three Quinta Pro 90 boilers

Posted by Julian Owen | December 17, 2017 | Interiors

For the last 40 years, the East Wing Building – one of 50 at the Grade II listed Clifton College – had relied on an old cast iron sectional boiler for its heating. As part of good practice, the College Estates Bursar, Paul Williams, was keen to replace it ahead of the start of the new academic year.

Paul’s main considerations were to provide more efficient and reliable heating throughout the site. The refurbishment was required to take place within the fixed timeframe of the summer holidays to minimise disruption to the College.

Consultant Steve Carroll at CODES specified three Quinta Pro 90 boilers on a Remeha cascade system, said to “deliver high gross seasonal efficiencies of 95% for greater than average energy savings, combined with ultra-low NOx emissions that qualify for maximum BREEAM points”.

The design was put out to tender and won by Bristol-based contractors Cook & Harris Ltd. The firm's Archie Jefferies was pleased with the specification.

“We use Remeha boilers for most projects, so we’re familiar with them,” he said. “They are reliable, effective products that quite simply do everything they need to do.”

Removing the old boilers was the first challenge due to the small dimensions of the plantroom and restricted access, as Archie explained.

“The plantroom is located in the basement of the East Wing,” he said. “It’s a tiny space so lifting the large old boiler up and out through a three-foot door wasn’t easy! The Quinta Pros are much lighter and a lot more compact, making them far easier to handle and position.

“The Remeha cascade system is great. It’s pre-assembled which makes it quick and simple to install. It also includes all the necessary components, including pipework and pumps. These all connected together easily - a major benefit given the time constraints on this project.”

Switching to high efficiency condensing boiler technology meant that flueing needed to be considered in the design. This was achieved using an existing chimney.

“We are very pleased with the installation and look forward to the increased efficiency and reduced energy consumption of the new Remeha boilers,” said Paul.

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