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Ryder Cup venue plays host to Andrews


Andrews Water Heaters has provided two Queens award-winning MAXXflo condensing storage water heaters to The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales. Famous first and foremost for its beautiful golf courses, home to The Celtic Manor Wales Open and two luxurious hotels, The Celtic Manor Resort is the chosen venue for the prestigious Ryder Cup in 2010.

Since this announcement, the Resort has invested £16 million in designing, developing and constructing a new clubhouse and associated infrastructure schemes, as well as a brand new course called Twenty Ten, the first ever to be primarily designed with The Ryder Cup in mind. With a spacious and airy feel, the clubhouse also boasts a spike bar, pro's shop and Rafters Restaurant, named for its floor to ceiling cedar beams.

The two MAXXflo CWH90/300 condensing storage water heaters are installed in the roof top plant room of the clubhouse, servicing all basins, sinks, bar areas and the kitchen. There are 11 showers in total, which can often be in use all at one time depending on how many guests are using the clubhouse. Consequently, an appliance was required that would operate efficiently during peak usage. White Young Green, the M&E consultants on the project, chose the MAXXflo due to its high efficiency and output.

Ian Lewis of CMB Engineering, South Wales' largest independent Building Services Contractor, commented, "Apart from the need for a crane, which was used for all other equipment on the same lift, the installation was straightforward.We have used Andrews Water Heaters before as the main factors we look for when choosing appliances for Design and Build contracts are reliability and cost. In addition, the technical assistance and support offered by Andrews is to a high standard.”

Energy efficiency was a major consideration in the construction of The Twenty Ten Clubhouse and the building is installed with a Trend Building Management System into which the MAXXflo units are linked. The outstanding efficiency of the MAXXflo ensures that the hot water supply for the building is also achieved with a minimum expenditure of energy. With a recovery rate of 1530 litres per hour through a temperature rise of 50°C, and an output up to 91.6kW, Andrews MAXXflo is acclaimed for its energy efficient, high performance production of volume hot water.

Developed in line with the demands of the new Building Regulations Part L2, soon after its launch MAXXflo was included in the Government's Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme and is on the Energy Technology List. Its highly efficient heat exchanger, special burners and tank design enable the heater to generate hot water in the condensing mode through up to 80% of the tank volume, producing an efficiency of 109% (Nett CV of fuel).

Low energy consumption and low running costs are combined with low carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. Furthermore, the MAXXflo has an antilegionella function built in to its design, which uses closely controlled water temperature and carefully regulated water flow to afford protection against the colonisation of legionella bacteria within the unit.

Acquiring Andrews water heaters has become something of a habit at The Celtic Manor Resort. A Supa-Flo R2066ET is already installed in The Lodge, the other golf clubhouse at the Resort. A spokesman for The Celtic Manor Resort commented, "Andrews was nominated as the supplier of choice by the mechanical engineering consultants for The Twenty Ten Clubhouse. For us, the reliability of the water heater in The Lodge, installed ten years ago, was a key factor in choosing Andrews to supply the water heating solution for this new and impressive venture.”

Andrews Water Heaters is part of Baxi Commercial Division, which also incorporates Potterton Commercial.

Editors Note

A central component of Wales' bid to host The Ryder Cup was their commitment to building a brand new golf course, the formidable and breathtaking Twenty Ten. The course incorporates nine holes from the original Wentwood Hills, and nine brand new holes in the valley of the River Usk.

Built with spectators in mind, the steep hillside surrounding the three closing holes offers unparalleled viewing of the all important action at the end of the round, as well as many holes in the valley below. The course was designed by European Golf Design (EGD) and provides a supreme challenge to the 24 players that will be competing in the tournament. With a demanding par of 71, it boasts water hazards on half its holes and many more risk-and-reward challenges that will force the competitors to dig deep and stretch their capabilities in order to help their team claim the coveted Ryder Cup.

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