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Kingsmills Hotel - Vitodens 200-W - MatriX Cylinder Burner - Gas Condensing Boilers

Viessmann heats up efficiency for Kingsmills Hotel

Project Overview

The Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness is famed for hosting Robert Burns in 1747, but how could an 18th century accommodation provide an efficient, modern heating system to meet today’s sustainability and eco standards?

The hotel was acquired seven years ago and since then has undergone a series of renovations and refurbishments, totalling an investment of around £21 million during that time. The most recent overhaul has been of the heating system in the original hotel building, the oldest part of the hotel, which houses 57 bedrooms. The team also refurbished the showers of the adjacent leisure centre.

Donview Construction of Aberdeen was commissioned to undertake the work using Viessmann, the leading heating systems manufacturer, to ensure a reliable and efficient system for staff and guests.

The hotel had a 40 year-old cast iron boiler, which was prone to breaking down and had become inefficient and uneconomical to maintain.

James Story from Kingsmills Hotel says: “With over 75,000 guests per year, we were keen to ensure the smooth running of our hotel facilities while the works were underway, with as little disruption as possible for staff and guests. We knew we had to replace our old boiler and explored several suppliers.

We took advice from consultant engineers and agreed that Viessmann was the right company for the job. This was a significant investment from our side, but the return will definitely make economic and environmental sense, will ensure a stable and efficient boiler system for the hotel and will build on our green credentials.”

Four new Vitodens 200-W were installed in a cascade formation, as multiple, cascaded boilers can operate individually as per hot water requirements – perfect for staff and guests with varying requirements. These smaller, more efficient units never use more energy than is needed and clever controls ensure an even spread of use to extend the life span of the whole package and to ensure the hotel is not without a boiler if one unit is serviced or out of operation.

The wall-mounted system features a MatriX cylinder burner and an energy cockpit with consumption indicator. Controlled via a colour touchscreen, hotel staff can check the status and efficiency of the heating and hot water system and can control the heating circuits’ operating conditions, change room temperature and timing programmes as and when required.

The new system offers the most energy efficient fossil fuel burning boilers, bringing huge energy and cost savings by replacing old, inefficient non-condensing boilers.

Viessmann’s Commercial Sales Director, Jonathan Grist, says: ‘We were honoured to work on such a prestigious refurbishment project as Kingsmills Hotel. We know heating and water is of major importance to hotel guests, so we were keen to work closely with the team to work around the refurbishment schedule and to reduce disruption. The new installation will give peace of mind to the team and will benefit guests, staff and management for many years to come, while contributing towards reducing energy consumption and overall running costs.”

James Story concludes: “It was a fantastic experience to work with Viessmann and while we’re not undertaking any refurbishment works at the moment, we will certainly approach them again for heating systems in other parts of our hotel. We are always looking for ways to make our venue more eco-friendly and to improve our energy efficiency.”

Project Details

Equipment - 4 x Vitodens 200-W

Rated Output - Gas condensing boilers 396 kW

Location - Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

Installer - Donview Construction

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