Part of the Blue Diamond group, 3 Shires features a wide range of inspirational products for home and garden, which include aquatics and artisan foods - as well as a restaurant and coffee shop. Mindful of energy costs and environmental impact, the company was looking for a more efficient heating solution and, having considered a number of options, selected Powrmatic warm air heating.
Powrmatic has supplied LPG-fired NVx warm air heaters and low velocity HCF destratification fans to the 3 Shires Garden Centre in Newent, Gloucestershire, working in partnership with LPG specialist Countrywide.
ABS and Powrmatic carried out a detailed survey and designed a system that uses a combination of four high efficiency NVx warm air heaters and 10 low velocity HCF destratification fans to ensure effective heat distribution throughout the centre. ABS also fabricated special stands for the NVx units in the greenhouse, as they could not be suspended from the roof.
Specified by ABS Ltd of Gloucester, the new system replaces an inefficient oil-fired system and will deliver energy savings of around 30%. The project also involved replacement of an old oil storage vessel with three bulk storage tanks for LPG, organised and supplied by a Countrywide
Manager Roy Walker commented: “The new heating system is very efficient and is proving highly effective in keeping every part of the building warm, while the low noise levels ensure that there is no disturbance to customers. From a staff point of view, the timer and thermostat settings are very easy to operate so that we can maximise the energy and environmental benefits.”