Kingspan helps sensitively redevelop Studley Castle Hotel

  • 24 Sep 2019

Kingspan Industrial Insulation recently helped sensitively redevelop Studley Castle Hotel to offer guests the glamour of Gothic architecture with the benefits of modern energy efficiency.

The Warwickshire-based hotel, owned by Warner Leisure Hotels, is steeped in a fascinating history which spans life as a family home, women-only college, and offices.

The hotel has expanded and restructured elements of the site to enhance its architectural appeal, and deliver luxurious spaces for guests to escape to. A key stipulation for the £50 million renovation was to drastically reduce its carbon footprint.

To ensure that the services were as effective as possible, Chase Insulation selected Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation to insulate the pipework to help reduce primary energy use and carbon emissions.

Studley Castle’s refurbishment and extension has been designed to exceed the current energy performance requirements for Building Regulations compliance. With an aged thermal conductivity as low as 0.025 W/m·K (at 10°C mean), Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation could help meet this target.

As a result, 15,318 lm was specified in thicknesses ranging from 15 mm – 25 mm throughout the site for all heating and domestic water services to work towards future-proofing the hotel. The pipework supplies 200 guest rooms in the original castle and across a contemporary three-storey wing, restaurant, lounges, and a health suite within a converted stable block which includes a pool and spa.

Samuel Hitch, Managing Director of Chase Insulation, commented on the project: “We recommended Kingspan for the Studley Castle Hotel as our client wanted to ensure a thermally efficient build to minimise costs and maximise benefits. Given our experience working with its products, we were confident we could deliver this. In addition, we could also accomplish excellent indoor air quality as there are no fibres emitted from the insulation.”

Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation has been awarded a best-in-class Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold certificate, recognising it as an outstanding material according to the VOC Indoor Air Quality emissions standards. It has been assigned a BRE Green Guide rating of A/A+, has a fibre-free core which has been manufactured with blowing agents with zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and has a low Global Warming Potential (GWP). Plus, the product is manufactured under a BS EN ISO 14001: 2004 scheme and is the first pipe insulation product to attain BDA Agrement® certification under the scheme.

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