Hawthorn Place is a sheltered housing unit in Kilwinning, Ayrshire. The owners, Irvine Housing association approached O’Neil Gas & Plumbing to come up with a design to replace their aging heating & hot water system that provided for the main complex & the residents which houses approx. 23 individual properties. The complex was fed by a bank of six old Hamworthy Commercial gas boilers which were 24 years old & very inefficient. There was also no control for the client to regulate the temperature of hot water or heating across the full complex which causing huge gas bills for Irvine Housing & complaints from tenants being too hot or too cold. We were also asked to install 23 individual heating & hot water boilers into the separate individual properties where the residents lived within the complex at the same time. O’Neil Gas & Plumbing were chosen due to our ability to be able to provide all the trades in house as well having the experience to deliver such a large project within time & budget.
Our commercial design team put together a project that covered all the requirements the client requested. We replaced the six old atmospheric gas boilers with two large commercial Vaillant boilers that would provide heating to the hall corridors of the shelter housing complex as well as the living areas and provide the hot water requirements. The full control system was completely redesigned to give the client full control of the temperature in the full complex using wireless thermostats from Danfoss as well as controls from the Vaillant VRC 630 boiler management control range.We also installed commercial rated Grunfoss pumps & Honeywell zone valves. In the 23 individual properties we installed a Valliant Ecotec domestic boiler, roomstat & timeclock so each resident had full control of their heating & hot water. We also installed new gas supplies & meters to the properties. Lastly we installed new radiators & pipework in the main complex as well as the properties. The owners Irvine Housing were absolutely delighted how the project went & the tenants we also delighted with their new heating systems. The energy bills for the complex dropped by 60% in the first year & the project came under budget.