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Abbey Hill Academy is a school for children with learning difficulties based in Stockton-on-Tees. The facility consists of three buildings providing a comfortable learning atmosphere for around 300 students aged 11 to 19 years. Two old cast iron sectional non-condensing boilers were supplying heating and hot water to the main Stephenson Building consisting of 18 classrooms for around 160 students. Old atmospheric water heaters installed in the same building delivered hot water to showers, sinks, basins and the main kitchen. The Academy was looking for a cost- effective upgrade that was energy efficient, would reduce costs, could be fitted to the existing system and came with a complete package of supply to commission. Two DR-FC Evo water heaters installed at Abbey Hill Academy. Abbey Hill Academy Two Dorchester DR-FC Evo direct fired condensing water heaters were chosen to replace the old water tanks, delivering a total output of 1,192 litres per hour, whilst two Purewell VariHeat cast iron condensing boiler were chosen for the heating system. Philip McHale, Premises & Facilities Manager at Abbey Hill Academy as part of the Horizons Specialist Academy Trust said: “I checked a lot of boiler manufacturers and found Hamworthy’s website to be useful with the offer of a free site survey. We were pleased that we got to meet both Steve Johnson, area sales manager and Stuart Turner, the national sales manager. Both had a genuine interest in our project. We updated the old tank fed system that delivered poor hot water pressure to mains fed. There has been a vast improvement in hot water pressure and it has also improved our Legionella management.” The water heaters have an anti-legionella safety function, which means water will be heated for a period at a high temperature (e.g. 65°C for one hour) to prevent the risk of legionella bacteria forming in the vessel. Additionally, the recirculation pump can be set to run to ensure the whole system is purged. Built in controls allow this task to be performed on a regular basis, ensuring water stays legionella-free and safe. Abbey Hill Academy won a bid for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) which is offered by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to fund projects to keep buildings safe and in good working order. Previous CIF rounds have been heavily oversubscribed which is why applicants need to meet the bid criteria and demonstrate the urgency of projects to secure the fund. ‰‰ Dorchester DR-FC Evo water heaters ‰‰ Purewell VariHeat boilers Products ‰‰ Education Sector ‰‰ Special needs school refurbishment Building ‰‰ Space heating ‰‰ Direct fired domestic hot water Application Case study Abbey Hill Academy, Stockton-on-Tees 57 01202 662500 | | Water Heaters & Solar