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Highfield Hall Hotel

Biomass Boiler, 0% Loan

0% business loan enables Highfield Hall Hotel, a Grade II listed building in Northrop, North Wales, to upgrade to a new biomass boiler.
 
When Mr & Mrs Earl purchased the property in 2012, the heating and hot water for the
property were provided by a combination of heating oil, LPG, and electricity. Due to the
age of the equipment and the running costs, they struggled to heat the hotel, and could not justify opening all year round. As the venue was renowned for offering bespoke wedding
and other celebration parties, it was not operating to maximum effect. 

The project at Highfield Hall Hotel involved cutting through a paved area to gain access to an existing vent, without affecting the building, and clearing space in the existing boiler room for
a new 140kW biomass boiler and buffer storage tanks. This enabled the business to use the existing boiler room and removed the issue of planning consent for the Grade II listed building. Investing in the new biomass boiler, and being able to heat the venue throughout the year, contributed to increasing bookings from 11 weddings the year before installation to 80 three years on.

“This has been a very beneficial project. We have a warm hotel, comfortable guests and staff, and a reliable heating system. Once the loan is repaid, the fuel cost savings and Renewable Heat Incentive income can be ploughed back into the business as it grows, allowing us to employ an additional member of staff.”
Lorraine Earl, Highfield Hall Hotel Ltd