Special Report | Temporary energy centre powers new development

Special Report | Temporary energy centre powers new development

Carl Webb, Sales Director at Andrews Boilers, explains how the introduction of a new water treatment unit, alongside an energy centre, helped progress a recent London development.

Following a significant volume of enquiries from clients, Andrews Boilers has introduced a new filtration system designed to provide a quick and efficient solution in scenarios where a fully functional temporary energy centre is required to operate alongside a boiler arrangement.

It offers a solution for both new and ongoing developments where an energy centre is needed. Plus, the unit also has a full water softening facility with dirt and air separators, side stream filtration and a system dosing feature. A complete boosted mains cold water service can also be provided across a broad spectrum of applications, underlining its value in a number of situations.

Vital amenities
In recent months, Andrews have been heavily involved in a largescale flat development in West London, prompting the requirement for a temporary energy centre. The construction company responsible for overseeing the scheme specifically requested such a product, which was subsequently manufactured to ensure hundreds of flats were ready for occupation. A solution was quickly required to allow the properties to be open as scheduled, but this could not have been achieved if vital amenities such as heating and hot water were unavailable.

After directly liaising with the construction firm prior to the project’s commencement, the company’s engineers were able to gain a better understanding of the scheme’s requirements and how best to accommodate them. This initial consultancy phase led to the water treatment unit being built from scratch, with the entire process completed in a matter of weeks.

Under pressure
Market-leading technology features in the water treatment unit allowing it to deliver up to 8 bar of continuous water pressure, guaranteeing that flats or areas at the top of a multi-storey building still reap the benefits of a normal water supply.

This system offers an external water storage tank which can be installed in conjunction with an Andrews boiler, with the configuration’s compact dimensions guaranteeing a small footprint and ensuring minimal space is required even on multi-megawatt applications.

For the West London development, Andrews’ unit was fitted with a comprehensive telemetry system and is compatible with both automatic and remote-controlled operation to enhance flexibility. This set-up allows potential mechanical issues to be identified and reported quickly, negating the need for constant visits from engineers which ensures costs are minimised at all times.

In this particular instance, Andrews’ filtration unit was originally sought for a 20-week period, but this was quickly doubled due to the demonstrable effectiveness of the product since its arrival on site. Once commissioned, the unit proved immediately successful in addressing a common issue. Consequently we have seen an incredible surge in demand for use on projects elsewhere.

The chosen set-up gives the contractor complete peace of mind both during the development and after its completion, acting as an ideal short-term solution until a more permanent system can be installed. It is expected that hires of this nature will become increasingly common in the future, as such arrangements allow tenants to move into their properties a lot earlier than might otherwise be possible.

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