Working on inner city, fast track projects Kimpton's have a
wealth of experience in overcoming the challenges presented by the
tight timescales and the logisitics of high volume apartment
projects whilst maintaining that all important attention to detail
Wesley Grange - Wirral
Methodist Housing Association
Grand Central - Inner
Wesley Grange -
Wirral Methodist Housing Association
Wesley Grange is a sheltered housing scheme on the Wirral, it
was built in 1982 and was heated by four Hamworthy UR300
conventional boilers. The extent of the controls for the scheme was
a time clock which provided automatic timed control to the heating
system. When the time clock was calling for heat all four boilers
would run to the boiler thermostat setting which was 75DegC and
would be circulated around the buildng 365 days of the year.
The challenge was to replace the conventional boilers with high
efficient gas fired condensing boilers and a control system that
would provide the scheme with a comfortable temperature throughout
the year whilst reducing running costs considerably.
With a small window of opportunity in an unpredictable summer
careful planning was required to strip out the old boilers and
install the new condensing boilers so as to limit the schemes
exposure without heat to a minimum. The installation went smoothly
which then allowed time for additional isolation valves to be
installed to the heating system and mains cold water system in the
roof space so that sections of the scheme could be isolated
independantly in case of an emergency or future works, previously
the whole system would have to be switched off and drained
The three new Potterton Sirius boilers have been installed on a
rig and configured to share the heating load of the scheme, the
controls monitor the outside air temperature and the space
temperature within the building. The control system calculates the
optimum time to start the heating system to bring the building up
to temperature before calculating the compensated heating flow
temperature against the outside air temperature to maintain the
space temperature within the facility. The combination of the
boilers running in condensing mode and the reduction in wasted heat
from overheating the housing will provide substantial savings in
the future along with a more comfortable environment.
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Grand Central -
Inner City Regeneration
Founded in 1991, The UNITE Group plc has taken the student
accommodation market by storm and its portfolio has grown to
include some 130 properties across 31 university towns and cities.
The company's success is built on a strategy of
regenerating old office blocks or brownfield sites in
prime city locations and it now offers high quality, modern living
for more than 36,000 students across the UK.
The student accommodation market is centred around the September
student intake, so when Unite acquired a prime site in Liverpool
next to Lime Street railway station, development of the 13 storey,
1,200 bed 'Grand Central' scheme the first phase was scheduled to
take just thirteen months.
Kimpton Building Services was hired by main contractor, David
McLean Construction, to complete the mechanical & electrical
installation of 1,200 ensuite bathrooms with 400 kitchen areas. A
detailed plan had already been put in place by the design &
build contractor, but Kimpton was able to advise on the
specification of the units to help speed up the fit out process and
help the project remain within budget.
The company also fitted mains boosters to maintain constant
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An established Leeds-based construction firm, Allerton
Construction has wide ranging experience of projects across the
education, healthcare, industrial and commercial sectors. Using its
in-house design & build expertise, the company decided to
diversify into residential development with two projects in
Bradford and Leeds.
Each of the two projects, Burnett Street in Bradford and Park
View in Leeds, involved conversion of an existing building, a
four-storey warehouse and a former Conservative club,
To take full advantage of the market for luxury apartments in
these two fashionable cities, Allerton needed to ensure that the
apartments were completed to the very highest standards with a
quality specification and finish. The company also set a
challenging schedule for completion of each project to enable it to
recoup the returns on its investment.
Leveraging the company's considerable experience of luxury
apartment schemes. Kimpton Building Services was awarded the
contract for all electrical and plumbing fit out
on both projects, totalling 47 apartments.
The fit out included installation of all sanitaryware, including
drainage and ventilation. A panel heating system
and a 'Mega Flow', mains pressure hot water system
were installed in both properties. Kimpton was also responsible for
installation of all safety and security features, including
fire alarms, intruder alarms,
door entry systems and smoke detectors.
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