Viessmann boilers both old and new supply Northampton Saints Rugby Club

As a leading club in the Aviva Premiership and home to England’s Grand Slam-winning captain Dylan Hartley, fellow internationals Courtney Lawes, Kieran Brookes, Paul Hill and Welsh winger George North, Northampton Saints are at the forefront of English and European club rugby.

A club with a long and proud history, the Saints have played at Franklin’s Gardens since 1880. Over the past 15 years the stadium has undergone a total redevelopment and energy upgrade and is now a 15,500-capacity, state-of-the-art arena.

Keen on improving reliability and reducing running costs, Stadium Manager Andy Tresias looked at ways of lowering energy bills across the site without compromising on quality. Andy noticed that a 15 year old boiler, installed in the Church’s Stand, was providing reliable heating and hot water for the home and away dressing rooms. The 35 kW Viessmann Vitodens 200-W gas condensing boiler, installed in 2001, shows how consistent performance over many years can be achieved with the right manufacturer.

As the ground only uses a full heating load 16 times per year, the club wanted a manufacturer that guarantees reliable heating, with a modulation range to cope with the large scope of demand. Aware of Viessmann’s reputation for quality and based on the performance of the Vitodens unit in the Church’s stand, the club specifically requested Viessmann to heat the new £6m Barwell Stand and to replace existing boilers in the 4,000-capacity Burrda Stand.

Replacing an existing system

Opened in 2005, the Burrda Stand was suffering from unreliable heating from a 10 year old boiler system from another manufacturer. Split into two circuits, meaning theheat could not be transferred across, the 6 boiler non condensing 600 kW system was proving inefficient and couldn’t provide the heat required.

Following some consultation with trained installer Plumbline Contracting Ltd, a cascaded system of four 80 kW Vitodens 200-W condensing units were installed on one circuit, to provide heating and hot water for the gym, corporate boxes, club restaurant and concourse, ensuring that both players and fans are kept warm during the playing season.The fully modulating boilers can meet demand on match days and also scale down when the stand is not so heavily used.

New developments

The most recent installation is the brand new Barwell stand. Officially opened in February 2016, the £6m development took 5 months to construct and takes the total capacity of Franklin Gardens to 15,500. Three Vitodens 200-W boilers, each at 100kW supply heating and hot water to the 3,000-seat, state-of-the-art stand, including a hospitality suite, corporate boxes and members bar.

With three boilers in four of the stands at Franklin’s Gardens, Viessmann contribute a total of 655 kW across the stadium.

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