ATAG Commercial delivers modern heating to historic hotel

ATAG Commercial has supplied four floor standing XL-F boilers to the historic Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford, replacing four antique units as part of a major plant room renovation. This was the first installation of the XL-F in cascade in the UK.

Founded in the mid-1500s, this Grade I listed Tudor manor has 208 bedrooms, a leisure club, restaurant and spa – all of which required a modern and reliable heating system.

In order to fulfil Littlecote House Hotel’s requirements, three XL210F and one XL180F floor-standing boilers were specified and installed in early 2021. The whole process was undertaken and managed by Fareham-based mechanical & electrical building service engineers, J&B Hopkins Ltd.

The new boilers benefit from dual heat exchanger technology, which provides built in redundancy, while creating a cascade system within a single unit. The XL-F boiler utilises ‘plug and play’ technology, with the pumps, water non-return valves and flue non-return valves neatly integrated inside, resulting in reduced set-up time and costs.

Chris Powis, regional project manager at J&B Hopkins, said: “The project was devised with floor standing boilers in mind. In this arrangement, the high levels of efficiencies and reduced NOx emissions should ensure lower fuel bills for the hotel in the future. Plus, the after sales team at ATAG Commercial provided excellent technical back-up and support with any queries that we had which helped the project run smoothly.”

ATAG Commercial’s new XL-F offers outputs of 70 to 200kW from a single boiler and up to 1.6MW in cascade. There are six XL-F boilers to choose from, available in one Single Heat Exchanger Compact (SEc) and one Single Heat Exchanger (SE) model, as well as two Double Heat Exchanger Compact (DEc) and two Double Heat Exchanger (DE) versions. All Double Heat Exchanger models have the added advantage of built-in backup, with each heat exchanger able to operate independently.