Ideal Commercial Turns Up the Heat at Wren Kitchens

Five of the first Ideal Commercial Imax Xtra EL 1240 kW boilers were installed at Wren Kitchens' 1,000,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire, by local mechanical engineering company, NTI Yorkshire. 

Since its launch in 2009, Wren Kitchens has become the UK’s number one kitchen retailer with more than 60 showrooms nationwide. 

The design and build of the new boiler house comes as part of a £80m expansion plan that began last year, bringing the number of local people working at Wren to 2,000. The company currently employs more than 4,000 people in total and has delivered over £1 billion of kitchens across the UK.

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Part of the manufacturing line requires constant hot water to be fed through process pipework to heater batteries that humidify the air to spray paint various kitchen components such as doors, drawers and furniture. These machines are built in-situ due to their vast size, meaning space was at a premium for any supporting infrastructure on the production floor. 

NTI Yorkshire was brought in to design and manage the installation of the mechanical services due to managing director Neville Tucker’s long-standing relationship with the company. The design team consulted their preferred commercial boiler manufacturer, Ideal Commercial Boilers, at the start of the project. The team worked collaboratively to determine the system needs and identify a solution that would fit into the limited space available.  

Ideal Commercial’s most recently launched product, the Imax Xtra EL, was specified due to its compact size and lightweight package for ease of installation. Featuring an aluminium silicon alloy heat exchanger, Imax Xtra EL is suitable for fully pumped, open-vented or pressurised systems and was the first floor standing boiler in the UK to achieve a Class 6 NOx rating. In this instance, the availability of the higher output dual units allowed fewer to be installed in order to provide the required duty and fit into a smaller footprint.

Neville Tucker has worked alongside Ideal Commercial since 1973 and said: “Ideal Commercial has always been our manufacturer of choice because of its quality of equipment and reliable history. Not only this, we really value the ability to talk face-to-face with a manufacturer on site at our head office.”

Darren Finley, Chief Commercial Officer at Ideal Commercial, added: “This project is a shining example of collaboration between three local companies of the Humberside area. It is also proof that one of the key reasons Ideal Commercial has a well-established reputation as a leading British manufacturer is due to the longstanding partnerships we have with customers and our experience in delivering solutions that work for their circumstances. We look forward to supporting Neville and his talented team on many more projects.”

The Imax Xtra EL range of condensing boilers is available in 10 models with outputs from 320 to 1240kW and is suitable for floor standing applications in either single or multiple installations.

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