We are beyond excited to be nominated two years running for the District Heating Project of the Year category! We were informed today that both us and our partner in crime, REHAU have been nominated by H&V News for our successful district heating project at Soho Farmhouse.
This nomination only stands to emphasise our success to date in all our previous and current district heating projects, but more importantly, this nomination is for the largest district heating project in the UK to date. Soho Farmhouse is the newly opened 125-acre estate and members club located in Great Tew in Oxfordshire. This projects features more than 7km of REHAU's RAUTHERMEX pre-insulated polymer pipework, in what REHAU believes is one of the largest polymer district networks in the UK. The high performance pipe in 16 different diameters from 25mm to 160mm is being used to distribute heating and hot water supplies to 45 buildings around the exclusive estate including 32 luxury cabins for guests, a seven-bedroom farm house, staff accommodation building and mix of restaurants, bars, pool rooms, barns and gyms.
We designed and installed four Guntamatic PRO 249kW biomass pellet boilers, supplemented by a 3MW LPG-fired boiler system which is acting as duty assist and back up. There are also two 10,000 litre bespoke thermal stores and a low loss header to help ensure optimum operational efficiency for the boilers. Treco chose REHAU’s RAUTHERMEX for the project because of the proven low heat losses from the pipework, which features external thermal insulation with PU foam which has a lambda value of just 0.0216W/mK. Initial commissioning data has already indicated minimal temperature losses between the plant room and the user ends.
We were also impressed by the fact that the flexibility and durability of RAUTHERMEX make it easy to install in trenches with long runs like those at Soho Farmhouse and the REHAU Everloc compression sleeve jointing system makes fast and secure connections.
Overall, Treco and REHAU made a great team in what was a fantastic project, and to be shortlisted for the District Heating Project of the Year category because of this successful partnership is incredible. Now to rely on the judges to see that we're the award-winning partnership on April 21, 2016 the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
We are so proud of our largest district heating project in the UK to date, so we thought we'd share some beautiful images of this incredible project.
* All images are copyright of Soho Farmhouse