June 28 2016
Standing close by London’s Earls Court exhibition centre, the Ibis Hotel in Lillie Road is not only guaranteed to be booked up for months ahead, but also experiences intense periods of peak demand for hot water as visitors and exhibitors flood out as the shows close for the evening.
It is not surprising then to discover that when the hotel needed to replace its existing gas boilers it chose Stokvis Energy Systems as the supplier of the plate heat exchangers which had already proved successful in superseding large hot water storage vessels in the basement.
The phased changeover from the old steel power burner boilers to a set of four Stokvis R3505 series units was carried out by Reading based M&E specialist, Calmec Building Services Limited under the supervision of the hotel’s own chief engineer, Mr Del Brough.
The energy refurbishment has further increased the Ibis’ capacity to deal with periods of high demand while reducing fuel consumption and easing what had become an onerous maintenance burden.
The managing director for Calmec, Tony Aves, explains: “We have been regular customers of Stokvis, installing the company’s boilers and plate heat exchangers in a
series of properties over the years including a number of other hotels and the Institute of Directors buildings at Pall Mall. The equipment is well constructed and reliable, while we are given good support from the Stokvis technical sales team.”
The R3505 series boilers offer the combined benefits of low water content and full modulation, making them extremely fuel efficient. They are also very quiet in operation which is of significance not only for maintenance staff routinely checking on their running, but also for people in neighbouring properties as the boilers are situated in a roof top plant room.
Each of the four boilers delivers one Megawatt of output while a control unit ramps them up in sequence in response to demand.