Trailblazing Wirral firm helps country house hotels to boost their green credentials
A pair of country house hotels and one of the UK’s most popular restaurants have boosted their green credentials with the help a leading manufacturer of renewable technologies.
Historic Soulton Hall near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, sale commissioned Stiebel Eltron UK to replace traditional fossil fuels with two ground source heat pumps, prescription generating green hot water and heating for the 30-room manor house and the coach house.
Having previously used oil and electricity, the luxury hotel and wedding venue is now saving more than £10,000 each year in fuel costs, as well as achieving a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions.
Owned and managed by the Ashton family, Soulton Hall has invested heavily in green energy systems over the past two years.
More than 200 solar panels produce around 70,000kWh of free electricity for the site each year – which in turn powers the ground source heat pump.
Tim Ashton said: “We are delighted that the heat pump system has been commissioned and is now up and running.
“We use our own green electricity to help power the heat pump, which is taking the constant 10°C temperature under one of our fields to meet all our hot water and heating demands.
“Ground source was always going to be a great option for us as we have plenty of space for collectors – the ground loops here are under an area of 3 acres. We were also able to easily convert the former log store into a plant room. Active consideration is now being given to two further schemes, aimed at balancing the electricity demand of our four holiday cottages.”
Meanwhile, Mere Brook House Hotel is using green energy to provide heating and hot water for a new cottage conversion.
The hotel in Wirral, Merseyside, called in local company Stiebel Eltron UK to design an energy saving and cost efficient heat pump system.
Stiebel Eltron UK created a rapid response air source heat pump system that would meet the fluctuating hot water and heating needs of both the new accommodation and the main hotel.
Mere Brook owner Lorna Tyson said: “The air source heat pumps are now up and running and we are very happy to be saving money but also to be able to demonstrate our eco-friendly credentials. The hotel used to run on LPG oil and the prices have rocketed recently – this will minimise our outlay on bills and help to increase our bottom line.”
Another client of Stiebel Eltron UK in the hotel and leisure sector is The Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr, Anglesey – on the site of the old Maelog Lake Hotel – which is backed by the Timpson retailing family.
The restaurant, which has established itself as one of Wales’ most popular venues, incorporated one of the company’s state-of-the-art heat pump systems.
The heat pump – installed through a bore hole system – provides space heating for the glass-fronted restaurant through underfloor heating and hot water for the wash rooms and the kitchens.
The restaurant, designed and built by renowned German firm Huf Haus, is extremely energy efficient and naturally lent itself to Stiebel Eltron’s products. Their team assessed the energy requirements of the building and specified a ground source heat pump which matched the energy requirements of this building. Four independently controller weather compensated heating circuits drive underfloor heating and air handing ventilation units.
The heat pump set, designed specifically to meet the precise needs of the Oyster Catcher, will significantly reduce CO2 emissions and save thousands of pounds each year on energy bills.
Mark McManus, Stiebel Eltron UK Managing Director, said: “These were three fantastic projects to work on and all three required solutions specific to their exact needs. Historic sites such as Soulton Hall are traditionally very hard to heat with poor insulation – however with this project we have demonstrated that with the right technology and design, it is possible to retro-fit a green energy system that can optimise both cost and energy savings.
“Mere Brook’s owners showed a lot of confidence in our technology and expertise, and we are delighted to have played our part in this stunning renovation project, while the Oyster Catcher provided us with the opportunity to work closely with Huf Haus to ensure the restaurant was as energy efficient as possible.
“All three projects demonstrate just how well green energy technologies can work in the hotel and leisure sector.”