Carrier heat pump warms the RHS welcome centre

A new multi-million pound welcome centre at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) flagship garden at Wisley, Surrey, will be heated by high-efficiency Carrier AquaSnap air-to-water heat pumps. The spacious welcome centre is expected to receive 1.4 million visitors per year and includes a restaurant, shop, and one of the largest plant centres in the UK.

The centre’s heating system includes two Carrier AquaSnap 30RQP air source heat pumps with a combined capacity of 600kW. The scroll compressor-based units are highly energy efficient, harvesting ‘free’ energy from outside air. The low noise units have a reduced refrigerant charge due to use of Carrier’s Brazed Plate Heat Exchangers, further reducing environmental impact.

The heat pumps, specified by NG Bailey, are located remotely from the building and connected to the centre’s heating system via 80m of insulated underground pipework.

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