Local companies work together for Poole care home

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Bourne View is Colten Care’s new flagship luxury nursing home based on the grounds of the former Dorset Fire Service headquarters in Poole.

It is part of an independent family-run company Colten Care which operates 21 care homes across the South of England.

As the work on the new care home started, principal designer and contractor Colten Developments employed local consultants Mabey Francis as Mechanical & Electrical designers and contract administrators. Watertite Heating were appointed as mechanical contractors who procured all mechanical items including the boilers and water heaters which were supplied by Poole-based manufacturer Hamworthy Heating.

Choosing heating and hot water plant

Mabey Francis specified Hamworthy Varmax boilers, Dorchester DR-FC Evo direct fired condensing water heaters and pressurisation equipment.

The two chosen Varmax 180 condensing boilers are highly efficient and come with a 5-year warranty on the heat exchanger. They deliver a combined output of up to 382kW which they can adjust to actual lower heat requirements when needed to save energy consumption.

Andy Cope, director for Mabey Francis, commented,“We decided to specify Hamworthy boilers, because we have been designing the mechanical and electrical services for all of Colten’s new build care homes over the last 25 years which have all been completed with Hamworthy boilers. We specified the Varmax based on resilience and life expectancy.”

Two Dorchester DR-FC Evo water heaters deliver a combined continuous output of 1,940 l/h to satisfy the hot water needs of the care home. As they have a built-in burner, they do not rely on an external heat source such as a boiler.

Andy elaborated,

“We chose separate direct fired water heaters because they allow the heating boilers to directly compensate for heating with no compromise to efficiency upon hot water demand. The Dorchester DR-FC Evo model was selected for its condensing technology, making it more efficient, and proven reliability continuing the long line of Dorchester water heaters we have specified over the years.”

Working together

Mike Dennett, projects director for Watertite Heating who installed the plant, commented,

“The support I receive from Hamworthy’s area sales manager is always excellent. Data sheets and brochures are also easy to download from their website, making forward planning easier. Lastly, delivery dates were agreed in advance and adhered to.”

Andy Cope, director for Mabey Francis, said,

“As a practice, we have been specifying Hamworthy products for over 40 years. They are based locally to our offices and have provided us with excellent technical support and after-sales service.”

Steven Pinder, site manager for Colten Developments, added,

“We at Coltens are pleased as a local business ourselves to be using another local company who have proved more than capable of providing an excellent product with an excellent service.

This installation joins the other 20 nursing/residential homes all of a similar size in the Colten group that have been completed using Hamworthy products. The whole installation has gone smoothly without problems and we’re very happy with the result.”


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