Sowerby Close, Eltham, London

Sowerby Close, Eltham, London

Client: Greenwich Council
Contractor: KT Heating Ltd
Type of works: Worcester’s Greenstar 28i Junior boilers specified for all 108 residences.

Worcester’s Greenstar 28i Junior boilers have been specified for all 108 residences in Sowerby Close, Eltham. They have been selected to replace old and inefficient warm heating systems, under a Greenwich council initiative to meet the Government’s Decent Homes standard by 2010.

Each flat now has easy-to-use heating controls, permanent hot water availability and a heating supply that is energy efficient and therefore means cheaper bills.

Mrs Fletcher is 93 and lives at Sowerby Close. She could not be happier with her new heating. She says: “It’s wonderful; now I can get up to a warm house every morning which I’ve not been use to in the past. The controls are easy for me to use and my flat is the perfect temperature round the clock.”

Mrs. Fletcher had a set of radio frequency controls installed in her living room at a low level so they were easy for her to reach and the need for wires was alleviated.

The latest figures show that more than six out of ten Greenwich homes now meet the Decent Homes standard. This means they are safer, warmer and more secure than ever before. Work on Greenwich homes has included the upgrading boilers and central heating systems throughout a number of residential properties in the borough.

Over 8,000 households are already benefiting from the improvement works, which are making a real difference to people’s home lives, peace of mind and well-being.

An extra challenge for the installers at the Eltham development was caused by the unusual H shape of the three blocks of flats.

John Stone, Installation Manager at KT Heating, the contractor employed to fit the new central heating systems, says: “Each of the new boilers needed their own flue to release the excess steam safely outside. The problem was that the flues had to be placed facing each other in a narrow cove of the building. This means that if a significant number of the flats' boilers were being used at the same time, the cove would fill up with plumage. This would mean residents wouldn’t be able to open their windows facing the cove without lots of unpleasant steam entering their flat.

“The problem was resolved with Worcester’s plume management kits, which are suitable for where flues enter enclosed spaces. The kits divert the steam safely into the atmosphere by extending pipework so that the plumage is not being released into the enclosed space.”

Trevor Hennessey, of the London Borough of Greenwich, says: “This is just one of many projects that involve us raising the standards of the homes we’re responsible for. We’re 100% committed to the installation of condensing boilers in all of our properties and we have and will continue to use Worcester boilers in our improvements.

“We specify Worcester boilers because they have a well established brand but more importantly they provide a quality, reliable product, with next day service, high levels of availability, and excellent support facilities.”

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