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Powrmatic’s Vision 2.3 assists fast-track refurb for Silverstone Grand Prix

A major refurbishment of Whittlebury Hall Conference, Training Centre and Hotel, close to the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, has so far included installation of 55 customised Powrmatic Vision 2.3 condenserless heat pump air conditioners.

The Vision 2.3 units were selected for their ability to meet key criteria relating to internal and external aesthetics, as well as speed of installation and ease of use.

Whittlebury Hall offers a wide range of modern corporate hospitality facilities for conferences, exhibitions and training, as well as extensive leisure and dining facilities. Accommodation includes five executive suites, 50 club rooms and 159 standard rooms.

The first phase of the refurbishment programme saw 55 Vision 2.3 units installed into the executive suites and club rooms as part of a fast-track project to ensure y were ready for the 2015 Silverstone Grand Prix. The Hall’s proximity to Silverstone ensures that this is a particularly busy time for the hotel, with many drivers and team crews using it as their base during the event.

The packaged design of the Vision 2.3, with no requirement for an outdoor unit, enables these units to be installed very quickly, which proved invaluable in meeting the challenging project schedule. It also helped to ensure there was no downtime in the rooms as the units could be installed during the day while guests were elsewhere.

“We are very pleased with the Vision 2.3 units, in terms of their performance and the ease of control they offer our guests through the touch screens, as well as their discreet appearance from the outside of the building,” said hotel manager David Munson. “We were also impressed that they could be installed so quickly, with no downtime for rooms and within a tight schedule to ensure readiness for the Grand Prix.”

The second phase of the refurbishment will see the remaining 159 rooms fitted with Vision 2.3 units during the course of 2016.

The condenserless design of the units also met Whittlebury Hall’s requirements to retain the clean, uncluttered lines of its facades, as Vision 2.3 connects to the outside through two discreet 162mm-diameter holes. The external grilles were painted a bespoke dark red at Powrmatic’s Somerset manufacturing facility to match the external brickwork.

Inside the rooms the contemporary styling of the Vision 2.3, combined with very low noise levels, ensures they deliver efficient and unobtrusive heating and. Guests are able to adjust temperature and fan speed to suit their preferences using the on-board touchscreen controls.

In addition to ensuring the comfort of its guests, the hotel will benefit from the Class A energy-efficient performance of the Vision 2.3 air conditioners, helping to minimise energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Vision 2.3 provides a nominal cooling capacity of 2.3kW with an energy efficiency ratio of 2.71, and a nominal heating capacity of 2.25kW with a coefficient of performance of 3.1. The reverse-cycle heat pump will provide heating at ambient temperatures down to -10°C.

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