MHG heats former royal glasshouses

Published:  02 July, 2014

maintenance, refurbishment, boiler, space heating, MHG
Now heated by a new MHG boiler — one of two greenhouses at Osborne on the Isle of Wight.

A ProCon HT gas-fired boiler from MHG Heating was specified by consulting engineers Martin Thomas Associated to replace two increasingly unreliable cast-iron boilers serving greenhouses at Osborne on the Isle of Wight. The 150 kW boiler was installed by Clarke’s Mechanical.

This former royal residence was built as a summer home and rural retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. One of the features of the estate is a walled garden which housed a number of greenhouse. The two that remained when English Heritage took over the site in 1984 have been restored, and one contains a traditional staged bedding display.

The existing brick stack has been relined with MHG’s flexible flue system.

The open-vented heating system is separated from the boiler by a plate heat exchanger to protect it from debris in the original cast-iron pipework system. The new boiler is on a pressurised primary circuit.

Controls in the boiler enable the two greenhouses to be controlled separately to enhance energy efficiency.

For more information on this story, click here: July 2014, 84

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