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Wolves FC: Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground and Molineux Stadium

15 Apr 2019
Case study

Remeha high-efficiency condensing boilers are scoring high with Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, providing a reliable supply of energy-efficient heating and hot water for its players and fans. Eleven Remeha Quinta Ace 160 boilers in total have been installed by Lord Combustion Services at the Premier League team’s Molineux Stadium and at the Sir Jack Hayward training ground in Compton.

The Molineux Stadium was the first of the two sites to be refurbished. The iconic home ground of Wolves since 1889, this was the first stadium ever built for use by a Football League club. In the early 1990s, the Molineux underwent a major multimillion pound renovation but, some 25 years later, its failing boilers had reached the end of their serviceable life, with parts becoming increasingly difficult to source.

For Wolves’ Head of Operations Steve Sutton and Facilities Manager Mark Lewis, ensuring a comfortable environment for the Premier League team’s fans and players was a key priority. Achieving more reliable, more efficient heating was therefore essential. Minimising operational impact was a further consideration in line with the Club’s wider efficiency and environmental commitments.

Heating contractors Lord Combustion Services submitted the winning tender with their recommendation to install five high-efficiency Remeha Quinta Ace 160 condensing boilers to provide energy-saving space heating. An Andrews ECOflo fully condensing direct fired water heater was selected to meet the high demand for hot water.

Stuart Smith, Managing Director at Lord Combustion Services, commented: “We recommended Remeha as we are familiar with their products and the reliability. This is matched by the excellent service we receive from our sales manager, Will Jones.”

The Remeha boilers have now been running problem-free for a year – much to the Club’s delight.

Steve Sutton commented: “Reliability is all-important at the Stadium and both the Remeha boilers and Andrews water heater have been great – we’ve had no issues whatsoever. On match days, we welcome crowds of nearly 32,000 to the Molineux. The Remeha boilers and Andrews water heater are therefore a crucial systems

support, maintaining high comfort levels for our fans and players and ensuring sufficient hot water for post-match showers.”

So when the time came to replace the ageing boilers at Wolves’ training ground at Compton, Remeha Quinta Ace 160 boilers were once again selected as the replacement boilers.

Mark Lewis explained: “At the training ground as at the Stadium, achieving reliable heating was a major concern as here the boilers not only provide space heating but feed into the plate heat exchanger to deliver hot water.”

Lord Combustion recommended installing six Remeha Quinta Ace 160 boilers to provide energy-efficient space heating and plentiful hot water for the Wolves Premier League team and the players at the Wolves Academy.

“We recommended installing multiple Quinta Ace 160 boilers in a cascade arrangement to maximise their energy-saving benefits,” Stuart explained. “This arrangement also means that servicing and maintenance can be carried out with no disruption, ensuring even greater reliability for the Club and its players.” 

“The installation has gone well with Lord Combustion meeting the tight schedule we set,” added Steve. “With the new boilers now commissioned, we’re looking forward to benefiting from the same reliable, high performance heating and hot water provision at the training ground that we’ve come to expect from Remeha boilers.”

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