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Carol Titmuss looks at a stylish refurbishment of an iconic Sheffield hotel

When the 4-star boutique Leopold hotel in Sheffield needed to replace its aging air conditioning, the owners wanted a modern, energy efficient system that would deliver the comfort that guests expect while also helping reduce energy bills and lower carbon emissions.

Consultants, Shearstone Mechanical Ltd called in Exclusive Distributor Kooltech to explore available options, using existing refrigerant pipework.  Greenhill Air Conditioning won the tender to install Mitsubishi Electric City Multi VRF air conditioning with key additional elements from Kooltech’s K-con range.

The result is a modern solution that will not only keep hotel rooms at the right temperature for guests, but also brings advanced control for hotel staff and helps minimise disruption during routine maintenance schedules.

Guests now benefit from full room control and the reassurance of modern air filtration.

Carole Titmuss Refurb projects Carole Titmusss Editor and publisher of Refurb Projects

10-year warranty

Stylish and elegant, Leopold Hotel is situated right in the heart of Sheffield city centre, in the sophisticated surroundings of Leopold Square, amongst an array of upmarket bars and eateries.

Originally a 19th century grammar school, the building has been sympathetically transformed over the years by the Prem Hotel Group and now brings together stunning historical architecture and period features with modern design to create a unique hotel with a wonderful sense of light and space.

“We’ve completed a number of successful projects with Kooltech, so the project seemed a perfect fit for their expertise,” explained Tim Shearstone Director of Shearstone Mechanical.

For the refurbishment of the Leopold Hotel, the previous air conditioning system has now been replaced with seven new City Multi R2 VRF outdoor units with heat recovery to improve efficiencies. The system delivers simultaneous heating and cooling, to provide the exact comfort each guest demands, whilst helping to balance energy use across the system.

Installer, Greenhill Air conditioning were also the ideal partner for the project. Their status as a Diamond Quality Partner (DQP) with Mitsubishi Electric means that they are able to offer the Prem Hotel Group a 10-year warranty.

Meeting rooms

All the rooms benefit from cool, comfortable air conditioning

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966 Leopold Hotel Meeting

The outdoor condensing units

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966 Leopold Hotel Roof

The relaxing hotel bar

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966 Leopold Hotel Bar

The hotel retains many architectural features

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966 Leopold Hotel Orignial

Plasma Quad Connect fits onto the indoor air conditioning unit

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966 Leopold Hotel PlasmaQuad

Isolation valves

PEFY-P VMS slimline ducted indoor units have been fitted into the bulkhead of the 90 individual bedrooms, with each indoor unit linking back to a Branch Controller (BC) Box, which then sends heating or cooling to each room as required by guests.

These BC boxes have been factory-fitted with Kooltech’s K-con port isolation valves making future service and maintenance to individual rooms easy without the need to shut down the complete system.

Greenhill’s skilled installation team were able to enclose the slimline ducted in-door units, so that guests get the comfort they expect without compromising the style and quality of the room décor.

Filtered air

“Our engineers also installed Mitsubishi Electric’s unique Plasma Quad Connect technology to the indoor fan coils in each bedroom to improve guest comfort and give reassurance on the back of the Covid pandemic,” explained Ian Hunter, Director at Greenhill AC.

This award-winning technology improves air quality by neutralising irritants such as pollen, bacteria, dust and viruses, and microscopic particles down to PM2.5, as well as inhibiting SARS-CoV-2.

“Each room has its own controller so that guests can find their own perfect temperature, and we also worked with Kooltech to install a K-con ECP-03 environmental control panel that connects the air conditioning system with an Hotel Interface,” added Mr Hunter.

“This gives hotel staff a high level of control via an AE-200 front end with the increased benefit of plug-and-play installation and ease of use for the end user.”

High standards

With exceptionally high standards of service, as one would expect in a top-class hotel, guests now benefit from 90 luxurious rooms, with full room control and the reassurance of modern air filtration.

This is replicated throughout the hotel’s restaurant and conference rooms, the new fitness suite, and the atmospheric bar overlooking the vibrant Leopold Square.

The installation of advanced City Multi air conditioning alongside the bespoke additions from the K-con range are helping ensure that the Leopold Hotel is delivering the luxurious comfort that guests expect, while minimising energy use and keeping emissions to a minimum.

Carole Titmuss is editor and publisher of Refurb Projects