A developer specialising in the conversion of existing commercial properties into apartment buildings for social housing providers is placing repeat orders with Stokvis Energy Systems for a range of heating and hot water solutions, having been impressed by the company’s quality, reliability and service.
SHF Property Investments has recently seen residents move into Unity House in Luton, Bedfordshire, after the five-storey office block was converted into 110 flats. The one, two and three bedroom dwellings are served by a skid-mounted Modupak 330 boiler set as well as a pair of PHE 2 x C3Ai22+1T Plate Heat Exchangers, along with a 1000 litre buffer vessel. There is also a Micro-S Digital Pressurisation Unit and an EB-3MXH440 Cold Water Booster Set.
Patryk Halczak, Senior Consultant and Engineer from Topmen Services Ltd, who carried out the work on behalf of SHF Property Investments, comments: “Having worked in the field for many years I had noticed that whatever age of Stokvis plate heat exchangers I came across, they were still working well. So, when on our Wesley House project I needed to specify two new plate heat exchangers, I chose Stokvis Econoplate along with a booster set for the ten storey social housing building.
“That was four years ago, since when they have never given us any problems at all, and the company’s sales engineer has educated me about all the other products available in the range. Now we have used Stokvis again for Unity House on Stuart Street in Luton, where I was so confident about the reliability of the systems we have installed that I went away on a long holiday the day after we commissioned all the equipment! Again, everything has been trouble-free and we have just taken delivery of the equipment for another project in Leicester.”
Patryk Halczak specified the boilers for the five-storey Unity House to be provided by Stokvis on a skid arrangement to avoid the need to hire a crane to install them within the rooftop plant room. However, Modupak also offers clients ease of access for getting new boilers through existing narrow doorways and the enhanced performance characteristics of cascade firing.
The Econoplate plate heat exchangers is said to offer an ideal means of reducing boiler cycling and isolate the new units from any potential problems of being linked up to old pipework within refurbished or converted buildings. They are widely specified for hotels, leisure centres and other high demand situations as well as shared heat networks, such as the one within the Luton apartment block.