Month: November 2015

Grundfos Pumps and Alder Hey Hospital


With 270 beds, 16 digitally enhanced operating theatres spread over five storeys and an indoor tree-house where children can play while convalescing, the brand new £237 million Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is a wonderful healing environment featuring some of the best paediatric facilities in the world. The state-of-the-art hospital requires an efficient, state-of-the-art infrastructure, which is why the decision was made to fit Grundfos pumps throughout the facility.

Alder Hey Anchor Pumps
Built inside Springfield Park, Liverpool, the design of the new hospital has been heavily influenced by the thousands of children that passed through the doors of the original hospital building since it was founded more than 100 years ago. Known as Alder Hey in the Park, the new facility also features a multi-million-pound medical research centre and has parking for 1,200 vehicles. It will be used by around 275,000 youngsters each year.

The original Alder Hey was one of the first sites to install energy-efficient Magna Grundfos pumps back in 2002, so the developers of the new building knew this was a brand that could be relied on to deliver.
22a109b201f1fa6d7ffee0c8f91e9cd9_400x400The complex heating, cooling and ventilation needs of a hospital mean that it’s essential to fit pumps that can operate on demand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Following consultations with the developers, Grundfos assisted with the specification and supply of more than 70 speed-controlled pumps and booster sets. Grundfos also supplied pressurisation units and ancillary equipment. The supporting role the pumps play at Alder Hey will be a crucial element in ensuring that patients remain as comfortable as possible throughout their stay.

Alder Hey in the Park could not have been completed without the generous fundraising efforts of groups all over the country. Anchor Pumps, a leading supplier of Grundfos Pumps, is just one of the many companies that contributed towards the effort to get the new facility off the ground. In the run-up to Christmas 2014, £1 every online order placed at Anchor Pumps was donated to Alder Hey children’s charity to raise funds for the new building. With the help of various other suppliers who backed the campaign, Anchor Pumps managed to raise an incredible £3,400 through the initiative.

Alder Hey Anchor Pumps

Central Heating, Coal, Oil, Wood : What’s Best For Heating Your Home?

Heating your home used to mean open fires using solid fuels. In more recent time, the option of choice has been central heating powered by gas or oil. In the 21st century, there’s more choice than ever of ways to heat your property, so what’s the best option and what factors do you need to consider when choosing?

Central Heating Anchor Pumps


The main things to consider when selecting a heating system are cost, ease and convenience, and how green the choice is.

Gas and Oil

Mains gas remains the most popular heating fuel in the UK because it’s cheap and widely available. If you have access to mains gas, then its benefits are many. It’s usually the cheapest option because the fuel costs less than alternatives, and because it’s widely used, installation and appliance costs are lower too. It’s easy to control with timers and thermostats, and modern central heating pumps deliver heat around the house quickly. Because it’s piped in, there’s no need to store fuel.

Finally, gas is the greenest of the fossil fuels, producing less CO2 than coal or oil. If you live off-grid, an alternative to mains gas is LPG. This is delivered and stored in a tank. It offers most of the convenience of mains gas but is more expensive than gas or oil. Oil also has to be delivered and pumped into a tank, so you need to have space to store it.

In rural areas where there’s no mains gas, it usually offers the cheapest option, priced somewhere between mains gas and LPG. In terms of the system controls and central heating pumps used, it’s very similar to gas. The price of oil can vary widely due to supply and demand, so many users therefore try to stock up on oil before winter drives up the price.

Solid Fuels

Although it is possible to get a coal-fired boiler, this means you need somewhere to store the coal, and it will have to be manually transported to the boiler. Coal – and its smokeless derivatives – will be most often used for supplementary heating in the form of an open fire.

A modern solid-fuel alternative is a biomass boiler; these usually burn wood or wood pellets. This can be a good option in rural areas where’s there’s ready access to a supply of wood from local farmers or foresters. If you have to buy wood from some distance away, however, the transport will reduce how green the fuel is. Bear in mind too that you need to be able to store the wood and probably chop it up to feed the boiler.


Electric heating produces no CO2 at the home but generating the power does, so how green it is depends on where your energy is sourced. Most people with electric heating opt for using cheaper overnight electricity to power storage heaters which release their heat during the day.

Storage heaters are less controllable than other options, as you can’t regulate how the heat is released. They are cheap to install, however, and need no annual maintenance. A greener way of using electricity is to install a ground source heat pump or solar panels, but these are expensive.

The main drawback of electricity is its relatively high cost compared to other fuels.