Centred around an 18th century mansion house, the De Vere Hotel at Wokefield Park near Reading features an executive conference centre, championship golf course and leisure facilities in addition to 376 guest bedrooms, placing very high demand on the heating and hot water services. The hot water system was brought up to date through the installation of two Stokvis Econoplate E4B59+1R packaged plate heat exchangers.
The installation at the flagship De Vere venue was carried out by J & B Hopkins, a specialist building services contractor and long term customer of Stokvis, based in Hampshire.
Ian Hodge who led the installation team for J & B Hopkins, commented: “As well as the large number of guest bedrooms the plate heat exchangers are also serving the executive centre along with a swimming pool and a number of other facilities.
“Basically the old hot water system featuring storage cylinders had been struggling to meet the demand at peak times – they were scaled up and just not delivering - so we specified a couple of the Econoplate units to replace them. I have installed Econoplate plate heat exchangers on many occasions over the past 15 years, including for other De Vere Hotels; and have done so to take advantage of their performance and reliability. And of course in hotels it is always about demand and reliability.”
Econoplate E4B59+1R packaged plate heat exchangers offer very high flow rates direct from the boiler plant, with no need for storage, therefore problems of cycling to maintain temperature or the risk of Legionella are negated.