PROJECT FOCUS: ATAG Commercial helps to heat historic school

PROJECT FOCUS: ATAG Commercial helps to heat historic school

A Q38SR and Q51SR boiler from ATAG Commercial have both been installed at Battle Abbey School in East Sussex as part of an upgrade to the existing heating system, which was completed in June 2020.

Founded in 1912, Battle Abbey School is located across multiple sites, including the grounds of the historic Battle Abbey itself, which is home to the main school buildings, as well as boarding facilities for students.

The heating system refurbishment was overseen by East Sussex-based plumbing and heating specialist PJ Clifford Ltd.

Commenting on the installation, Peter Clifford, Director at PJ Clifford Ltd, said: “The old boilers had come to the end of their natural lifespan, so we selected new, more energy efficient models from the ATAG Commercial QR Series range. They were perfect for the project, not only in terms of robustness and reliability, but also in their range of outputs.”

Both of the boilers fitted are part of ATAG Commercial’s QR Series range, with the Q38SR providing heating and hot water for the boarding area of the school, whereas the Q51SR is located in the performing arts centre.

Peter continued: “I’ve been fitting ATAG Commercial boilers for over a decade, including a number of their XL range in various school plantrooms throughout the area. The company is very easy to deal with, providing excellent customer support and aftersales services. I’m also impressed by the excellent array of varied flue options available for their boilers, which adds even greater flexibility when working on installations in schools. Taking these factors into account, as well as the fact the QR boiler is a robust product and the hardest wearing in its range, it was common sense to install them at Battle Abbey School.”

Battle Abbey School also has sites in the coastal town of Bexhill, where its nursery, prep school and swimming pool facilities are located. PJ Clifford had previously installed ATAG Commercial’s XL Series boilers in these locations.

Recalling fitting these boilers, Peter Clifford explained: “The heat exchangers in ATAG Commercial’s boilers are made from stainless steel, which had additional benefits for this job, particularly in the coastal sites, where there is a sea mist and a lot of salt in the air, especially on windy days. If salty air is drawn into the boiler, the stainless steel offers greater resistance to corrosion and better longevity.”

ATAG Commercial’s QR Series boilers have a stainless steel heat exchanger, burner control unit with LCD display, built-in pump and an integrated zone management system for up to three central heating zones. Units also benefit from numerous flue options suitable for a wide range of applications, while a built-in LMS controller removes the need for an additional, external control.

Every QR Series boiler non-return valve is now built in to every unit as standard, so it no longer has to be added to the flue. This allows the boilers to be linked into a communal flue using either a twin or concentric system. It also reduces costs, as installers no longer need to purchase the valve separately.

QR Series boilers are supplied with a five-year parts and labour warranty as standard, while extended eight and 10-year warranties are available.


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