So we got washed and scrubbed and dressed up for the occasion. Well, we all made the effort – it was after all the Heating & Renewable Awards 2015 and we were shortlisted in the Community Heating Project of the Year category. That alone deserves us dusting the cobwebs from our suits and shinning them shoes. Don't forget the bow tie.
We were proud to have been shortlisted to represent all the community projects we have successfully completed over the years, but more importantly, this was for the largest district heating project in the UK to date. It was the newly opened 125-acre estate and members club, Soho Farmhouse, 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 Community Heating Project of the Year because of this partnership is incredible.
That amazing project and partnership aside, the team had a lovely time at the Awards dinner and, needless to say, let their hair down.