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Tuesday August 2 2016

Oxford hotel connects luxury bedrooms to Econoplate performance

The Old Bank Hotel has successfully addressed issues of reliability and capacity thanks to the installation of an Econoplate plate heat exchanger.

With 42 luxury bedroom suites and one of Oxford’s best known brasserie restaurants, the Old Bank Hotel experiences very high demand for hot water throughout several peak periods each day, but has successfully addressed issues of reliability and capacity thanks to the installation of an Econoplate plate heat exchanger.

The Stokvis E3A (i) 113D+1T plate heat exchanger package, along with a pair of 500 litre stainless steel buffer vessels was specified and installed by H & E Engineers Limited, a specialist in maintenance services based in nearby Kidlington.

Ian Hardwick, who was the contract manager for the work at the Old Bank Hotel, commented:

“We have installed a number of the Econoplates, along with other Stokvis equipment, over a period of ten years or more, and have come to rely on the manufacturer for its level of service, design support and its response to urgent situations.

In this instance we were asked to look at improvements which could be made to the hot water services for the hotel which would be a lot more efficient, plus there was the problem concerning the size of the old direct fired heaters. They were too big to remove from the plant room – so had to be cut up – and we wanted something much more manageable and easy to install; which is why we went to Stokvis.”

H &E Engineers is active for a range of clients across Oxfordshire in the leisure, education and other sectors, maintaining several large estates, and has always found the Stokvis Econoplates able to meet the highest levels of hot water demand, as Ian Hardwick confirmed:

“We have a good partnership with Stokvis which works very well for us and our clients. Our contact, Andy Russell, always pulls the stops out when we need something.”

The Stokvis Econoplate range is widely specified, not just for its performance and reliability, but the fact it virtually eliminates any risk of legionella contamination and can be employed to boost the temperature of stored hot water from solar thermal panels which the company also supplies.

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