The largest Andrews Supa-Heat commercial boiler has been installed to provide heating and hot water for a super-sized private residence. At the beginning of the 20th century, Rangemore Hall near Lichfield was home to the Bass brewing family who, on hearing they were to have the honour of entertaining King Edward VII and his entourage, added a complete new wing to their country house.
Over the past two years, this South Wing has been completely renovated and fitted out by developers, GRR Properties Ltd, to provide a luxury home which not only maintains its original features but also incorporates the ultimate in 21st century facilities. To complete the experience in gracious living, the King Edward VII Wing comes complete with 9.5 acres of parkland, two private lakes and a four-car garage.
With rooms of royal proportions and the high ceilings customary in Edwardian architecture, the space heating load will be considerable. Equally, the potential requirement for hot water is enormous, given the seven en-suite bedrooms, indoor swimming pool, steam room, jacuzzi and palatial dining kitchen with all modern appliances. To cope with the expected demand the developers’ heating engineers have selected a solution more usual in the commercial sector: an Andrews R307 Supa-Heat boiler for space heating with hot water supplied via a plate heat exchanger.
In carrying out the renovation, the developers have been at pains to retain the original period finishes throughout, including oak flooring and panelling, plasterwork ceilings and marble fireplaces. The original lift has been refurbished and the study even includes a strong-room built to house the crown jewels.
However, this dedication to maintaining the house’s architectural features has not prevented the installation of the ultimate in luxurious modern facilities. King Edward VII’s bathroom is of particular interest as, whilst it still features his huge enamelled copper bath and unusual tilting handbasin, these have been retained more as ‘conversation pieces’. The main bath in the master bedroom’s en-suite is now a luxurious dual tub, with the interior section constantly overflowing into the outer section giving a waterfall-style cascade effect.
Providing the space heating in the King Edward VII Wing, the R300 Series Supa-Heat condensing boiler installed is the largest size in the range giving an output of 274kW and, using condensing technology, achieves 104% (net) efficiency. Its downward firing forced gas pre-mix burner that modulates between 20% and 100% provides ultra low NOx and CO2 emissions, qualifying it for the Energy Technology List.
Noise levels of units in this range are extremely low, making them ideal for installation in similar, exceptionally large, domestic situations or in commercial premises where they are in close proximity to occupants. R300 boilers are extremely user-friendly and the standard control shows full operational and lock-out status.
The space and water heating equipment was selected and the system designed and installed by GRR Properties Ltd mechanical services department. It was supplied by Midland Plumbing Supplies Ltd via Plumb Centre. The King Edward VII Wing is being marketed by Knight Frank’s Birmingham Office and is currently under offer.