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Modern heating for historic Hungerford hotel

ATAG Commercial has supplied four floor standing XL-F boilers to the historic Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford, replacing four antique units as part of a major plant room renovation. This was the first installation of the XL-F in cascade in the UK.

Founded in the mid-1500s, this Grade I listed Tudor manor has 208 bedrooms, a leisure club, restaurant and spa – all of which required a modern and reliable heating system.

In order to fulfil Littlecote House Hotel’s requirements, three XL210F and one XL180F floor-standing boilers were specified and installed in early 2021; the whole process was undertaken and managed by Fareham-based mechanical & electrical building service engineers, J&B Hopkins Ltd.

The new boilers benefit from dual heat exchanger technology, which provides built in redundancy, while creating a cascade system within a single unit. The XL-F boiler utilises ‘plug and play’ technology, with the pumps, water non-return valves and flue non-return valves neatly integrated inside, resulting in reduced set-up time and costs.

Commenting on the installation, Chris Powis, regional project manager at J&B Hopkins Ltd, said: “The project was devised with floor standing boilers in mind; in this arrangement, the high levels of efficiencies and reduced NOx emissions should ensure lower fuel bills for the hotel in the future. Plus, the after sales team at ATAG Commercial provided excellent technical back-up and support with any queries that we had which helped the project run smoothly.”

All models benefit from an excellent footprint to power ratio for greater flexibility in terms of installation. This also enables them to be fitted in small spaces and plant rooms; as well as straightforward to access for maintenance.

Remarking on the refurbishment, Dean Lavisher, head of facilities at Bourne Leisure Group added: “The new ATAG Commercial boilers achieve exactly what we needed for our guests. Ever since they were installed, we haven’t had any water issues whatsoever; the temperatures are now perfect and we never run out of hot water, as we have done in the past. We are now meeting our budgeted utilities targets, whereas before we struggled – while I’m sure we’ll benefit from more savings in the future.”

ATAG Commercial’s new XL-F offers outputs of 70 to 200kW from a single boiler and up to 1.6MW in cascade. There are six XL-F boilers to choose from, available in one Single Heat Exchanger Compact (SEc) and one Single Heat Exchanger (SE) model, as well as two Double Heat Exchanger Compact (DEc) and two Double Heat Exchanger (DE) versions. All Double Heat Exchanger models have the added advantage of built-in backup, with each heat exchanger able to operate independently.

In addition, it is the most compact floor standing unit available from ATAG Commercial (measuring just 1.8m high including the flow and return manifolds, as well as the horizontal flue), with its low water content also making it the lightest. Furthermore, the XL-F flow and return manifolds are positioned at the top of each unit, plus all the pumps, valves and connections can be fully accessed from the front. For projects requiring multiple units, up to four boilers can be installed in-line, while three or four models can also be fitted back-to-back.

ATAG Commercial, which is part of the Ariston Thermo Group, is a manufacturer of gas-fired condensing boilers suitable for a range of domestic and commercial applications. All models have proved to be highly successful throughout the UK for many years, blending manufacturing expertise with unmatched reliability.

11 August 2021


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