Calor has brought a historic castle into the 21st Century with the installation of a renewable system and LPG to fuel its hot water and heating.
Pentillie Castle, located in St Mellion in Cornwall, has undergone a complete renovation to transform the castle into a wedding and private hire venue. South Devonshire based heating engineering firm, Murch and Baker, was appointed to upgrade the heating and hot water systems at the castle.
Being located in a rural, non-mains gas area, the castle needed to find a suitable solution for not only space and water heating, but also to fuel the new kitchen appliances which were installed as part of the refurbishment. Murch and Baker specified Calor LPG to meet the needs of the castle’s heating and catering facilities. LPG is an ideal fuel source for cooking as it provides a real flame in the same way mains gas does. This is an important benefit for private hire venues as many professional chefs prefer the controllability and performance of a gas range.
Murch and Baker also specified a solar solution with panels fitted to the roof of the property. This renewable technology allows the castle to achieve a proportion of hot water and heating from a low carbon technology, helping to reduce emissions and save money on fuel bills. In addition, a second solar panel was also specified to work alongside the LPG system to heat the outdoor swimming pool at the property. Again this is a low carbon solution to ensure the pool can be used during the cooler months of the year.
Having worked with Calor on a number of prior installations, Murch and Baker firmly believes in the benefits LPG offers to rural installations. Danny Baker, director for the company, said: “For us, working with Calor on this project was an obvious choice. LPG offers so many benefits for our rural customers and can provide a reliable and safe fuel source for space and hot water heating and cooking purposes. This installation was an opportunity to team LPG with a renewable technology, resulting in a more environmentally sound solution.”
To ensure the increased level of demand on hot water and heating could be met once the venue started hosting events, three 2,000 litre tanks were installed at the property.
Pentillie Castle was originally built in 1698 by James Tillie, whose statue still stands in front of the castle. The castle was remodelled in the early 1800s to change its appearance to the gothic style structure it has today. Another refurbishment project was undertaken between 1966 and 1968, resulting in the castle and the estate becoming a listed building.