Maiden Erlegh School in Reading which has over 1700 students, has relied upon two atmospheric natural gas boilers to supply heat and hot water to its staff and pupils for the past 20 years.
Conscious that the legacy system was both ageing and incurring high running costs, as well as having a detrimental environmental impact, the school investigated the advantages of installing a new efficient boiler system to tackle such issues.
In particular the school management set about addressing four main objectives. They were to replace the existing system, reduce ongoing maintenance and running costs, build in flexible backup should the overall heating system ever fail, and provide fully automatic remote operation for different areas of the school.
After liaising with the school management, Vaillant along with installation partner Hydro Heating Solutions, proposed a specification that could satisfy the four identified objectives. The final recommendation was based on an overall heating system that included 12 powerful, high performing and cost effective ecoTEC 120kW output wall-hung boilers.
The school had requested the separation of the three main areas which had been fed from the main plant room and wanted individual plant rooms to serve the maths and science block, sixth form building and main school. Vaillant was able to accommodate this request thanks to the flexibility of the system. The proposed solution would enable the school to allocate zoned areas within the building, so should a problem arise with the system, normal heating operation can be maintained in the areas which are not affected. In addition, a new networked control panel was installed to provide full remote control of the heating system on-site.