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Andrews Water Heaters selected for refurbishment at Premier Inn, Brighton city centre


In a recent refurbishment of the domestic water heating system at Premier Inn Brighton City Centre, Whitbread's nationwide maintenance contractors, Norton Commercial Gas Services Ltd selected  Andrews MAXXflo gas fired storage water heaters to replace the existing units, located on the outside of the building.

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Whitbread's Energy Team asked Norton to consult with Andrews Water Heaters' technical team to devise a long term solution which would improve the efficiency of the hotel's water heaters as well as reducing running costs. After surveying the building it was decided to install Andrews MAXXflo high efficiency water heaters in an internal plantroom on the top floor of the building. Norton Commercial Gas Services sized the project and selected four MAXXflo CWH 120/200 units. Each water heater has a storage capacity of 200 litres, an output of 26 to 122 kW and a recovery rate of 2040 litres per hour through a temperature rise of 50oC. A spokesman for Norton commented: "We always work closely with Andrews Water Heaters and we have a very good relationship with them."

In order to minimize disruption to guests, the water heaters were positioned and all new pipework in the plantroom was installed before the system was drained down and connections were made to the existing distribution system. Andrews MAXXflo water heaters are designed to provide abundant, virtually instantaneous, domestic hot water to the hotel's 160 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.

The MAXXflo range of condensing, stainless steel water heaters offers the optimum in self-contained, storage water heating for commercial and industrial applications with a high demand for hot water. They are particularly suitable for hotels and sports facilities, where the demand for water peaks at particular times of the day. Thanks to their fast recovery rate and innovative design, carbon footprint, NOx levels and running costs are all kept to a minimum.

Featuring corrosion-resistant stainless steel tanks, these high efficiency units incorporate a fully modulating burner function to provide maximum performance and flexibility. Employing condensing technology, they are capable of achieving up to 98% gross efficiency and low NOx emissions of 25 ppm. Heat input and flow are carefully regulated to produce a closely controlled water temperature and a high temperature anti-Legionella program function is also incorporated.
A digital electronic master controller operates the pre-mix fully modulating gas burners and Building Energy Management System (BEMS) and other external interfaces are provided.

Editor's Note:

Premier Inn is the UK's largest hotel chain with more than 50,000 Premier Inn bedrooms across 630 UK hotels. Whitbread, Premier Inn's parent company, has an established corporate responsibility programme, 'Good Together', which embeds sustainability into the heart of the business. Through 'Good Together' Whitbread has the target of achieving a 20% reduction in water consumption by 2020 (compared to a 2009 baseline) across Whitbread hotels and restaurants.

In 2011/12 Whitbread achieved a 5% reduction in water consumption at its hotels and restaurants relative to sales, and has delivered a 9% reduction against the 2009 baseline. Mitesh Panniker, Property Supply Chain Manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: "Our mission at Whitbread is to continually innovate, improve and become more efficient. Making our hotels and restaurants more energy and water efficient is very much at the heart of that. Not only does it allow us to keep our costs low for our customers, but given the size of our business, the changes we make at individual sites helps us save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year."

Award-winning Premier Inn is the UK's biggest hotel brand with over 630 budget hotels and more than 49,000 bedrooms across the UK and Ireland. Premier Inn bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, TV with Freeview, and WiFi internet access and all Premier Inns feature a bar and restaurant situated inside the hotel or adjacent, offering a wide range of food choices.

In 2008 Premier Inn launched in Dubai and is now open in India. On a domestic front, Premier Inn aims to be the largest provider of budget hotels in London (within the M25) by 2012. Premier Inn is currently offering rooms for just £29 (restrictions apply).

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