Historical hotel brought back to life with Instaflex

Piping systems from Georg Fischer have been used in the restoration of a Grade I listed spa, dating from the 1780s, to meet the commercial, technical and environmental challenges at the Buxton Crescent Hotel in Derbyshire. The hotel had stood empty for many years before funding by the council, heritage funding and other bodies provided the means for its revival. 

The M&E contractors were responsible for works on the hotel’s heating, hot and cold water services, and air conditioning for the 81 bedrooms and 21 treatment rooms at the five-star spa complex, as well as the harvesting of heat energy from the natural thermal springs under the hotel, to feed a ground source heat pump. 

The company’s PVC-C and Instaflex systems were selected to overcome the property’s challenges, including the pronounced curve of the main service corridor. Easily bent to match the curve, Instaflex runs throughout the service corridor in sizes from 16 to 108mm, carrying all the hot and cold water, boosted water and the heating system’s primary circuits. Highly resistant to corrosion and chemical attack, Instaflex includes a full selection of pipe diameters as well as different jointing methods and fitting. On this hotel project, the contractor opted for electro-fusion jointing

 To avoid contamination where heat is taken from the water, GF’s PVC-C in 110-160mm sizes were installed between there and the heat pump, and then on to the buffer vessels, which provide all the domestic hot water.


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