Andrews Water Heaters has supplied a solar thermal water heating system for domestic hot water for the new Speke Neighbourhood Health Centre in Liverpool.
Located adjacent to the original health centre, the new building offers ‘a vastly improved range of services’, alongside traditional GPs’ surgeries and clinics. Developed by Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership, the Centre has a smaller carbon footprint, despite being three times the size, and has attained a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The building services were designed by Hulley & Kirkwood. There are 12 glazed flat plate solar panels on the roof, above the plant room, with the storage cylinder and other components housed within the main plant room below. Water heated by the panels is transferred to a 1,500 litre, twin-coil, unvented storage cylinder, which provides for additional water heating via a secondary coil served by a condensing boiler. The system serves approximately 78 outlets over the two floors, comprising washhand basins, sinks, and showers, in consulting rooms, treatment rooms, changing and toilet facilities, utility rooms, and beverage bays.