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Blithehale Court

Wilo provides energy efficient solutions for Unite Students

Wilo products are in operation in several Unite Students facilities, one of them being Blithehale Court in London – with energy efficient solutions and an extensive service offer, the pump manufacturer ensures a reliable operation within the building.

Bethnal Green, situated north of Whitechapel and Stepney, certainly is an archetypical East End borough. Since London’s East End has been booming for years, the district has transformed from a no-go neighbourhood to a hip heartland, with flower markets and boutiques blooming alongside traditional English pubs. Just three minutes’ walk from Bethnal Green Underground station, is Blithehale Court, one of Unite Students residential sites located across London. Blithehale Court, has given a home to over 300 students each year since 2009. True to the responsible way Unite Students runs its business, the company has established three focus areas of activity to decrease their environmental impact. For example, by reducing water use and wastage and the use of efficient buildings. All existing Unite Students’ buildings are designed to reduce their main environmental impacts of energy and carbon, water, resource use and waste. As the largest manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation in the UK, Unite Students is – just like Wilo – a pioneer in its industry. The services, people and properties are all designed around detailed research-based insight, to provide tailored solutions to the students.

“What differentiates Wilo is how proactive they are at presenting new innovative products and ideas around energy efficiency” comments James Sprake, Senior Procurement Manager at Unite Students.

Wilo-SiBoost Smart Helix VE

Your advantages

  • Sturdy system with stainless steel high-pressure multistage centrifugal pumps of the Helix VE series with integrated frequency converter
  • Over-proportionally wide control range from 25 Hz up to a maximum of 60 Hz
  • Pressure-loss optimised entire system
  • Integrated dry-run detection with automatic deactivation via the motor control electronics
  • Maximum degree of control using the SCe control device with LCD display, simple navigation and adjustment using rotary knob


Highly efficient water-supply unit ready for connection with 2 to 4 vertically arranged non-self-priming stainless steel high-pressure multistage centrifugal pumps of the Helix VE series switched in parallel, each pump is equipped with an integrated air-cooled frequency inverter. The system features a Smart Controller SCe.

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Efficiency survey improves operation

In total, Wilo UK has provided new booster sets for 11 different sites in 2018 – with another 12 sites in the making for 2019 and a potential for this total to increase. “Back then, the customer asked us if we would carry out a survey of all their UK sites and create a condition report for all their pumping assets, which is more than 700”, explains Wayne Atter, Service Director at Wilo UK. “From this report, we created the lifecycle “Road Map” including all asset details, envisaged life expectancy and based on that recommended change out dates and costs.” Those surveys were part of a bigger endeavour, to comply with energy surveys that are part of the mandatory Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS).

Wilo’s compact pressure boosting system can be used for fully automatic water supply and pressure boosting in residential, commercial and public buildings, such as hotels, hospitals or department stores. With the high-efficiency pump hydraulics of the Helix VE series working in conjunction with IE4 IEC standard motors as well as a super-proportionally wide control range of the frequency converter makes the booster an energy-saving solution. “By optimising our resources efficiently, we were able to combine the project installations with our maintenance activities, thus allowing us to meet the customer’s expectations during one visit on site”, continued Wayne Atter from Wilo UK.

Blithehale Court

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