Vortice supplies commercial MVHR for school gymnasium

We have supplied a commercial roof mounted MVHR unit to St Paul’s School in Barnes for a gymnasium, on time and on budget, providing an effective solution that was managed by KPS Southern Ltd.

We consulted with KPS, spent time establishing the precise technical requirements for the project and agreed that the Vortice NRG Mega would be the best possible solution. 
The unit included 50mm insulated panels, an onboard CO2 sensor, defrost module complete with dampers and sound attenuation.  Because of the size of the unit, it was delivered in three sections and lifted by crane onto the school roof along with other plant equipment, where it was finally assembled and commissioned.
The Vortice NRG Mega heat recovery unit uses the plate heat exchanger to control the internal thermo-hygrometric conditions through the recovery of energy from the air extracted from the room.

Darren Clare, Area Business Manager at Vortice said:

“This is an excellent unit and we were delighted with how smoothly the installation and commissioning went.  The Vortice NRG Mega can also make it possible to guarantee support for the air conditioning system during intermediate seasons using free-cooling or free-heating modes.”

For further information please simply call us on 01283 492949 or click here to download the Vort NRG brochure. 

Vortice air purifiers installed in primary school classrooms

Head Teacher Ruth Burton at Packington Church of England Primary School knows how important it is to maintain a healthy environment for her pupils as they start their primary education.  In light of Covid 19 and other winter illnesses circulating, she felt that installing air purifiers in each classroom could make an enormous difference to the health of both children and teachers, particularly in the winter months.  Ventilation manufacturer Vortice was delighted to donate and demonstrate the difference the DePuro Pro 300 air purifier could make.

While young children are prone to catching all sorts of illnesses and they need some exposure to boost their early immune systems – knowing that they would not be constantly exposed to viruses in their classrooms was seen as a huge benefit by teachers and parents.

Head teacher Ruth Burton said:

“The wellbeing of our school community is so important to their learning.  We are delighted with the impact the Vortice DePuro Pro air purifiers have made in keeping illness in the classroom to the minimum.”

The plug and play DePuro Pro 300 air purifier from Vortice is suitable for spaces up to 90 square metres and 2.5m high – ideal for classrooms.  It offers double air filtration with two Absolute HEPA H14 filters and a molecular filter that reduces the number of particles in the air such as viruses, micro-organisms and bacteria. 

Vortice HR200 units installed at Fairfield Meadows

The stunning new Campbell Buchanan Fine Homes development at Fairfield Meadows on the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border is one of the latest projects to use the highly energy efficient VORTICE HR200 BP heat recovery units for all its one and two bedroom apartments. 

The compact dimensions of the HR200 BP mean that it is ideal for locating where space is limited and it can be mounted vertically or horizontally.  This centralised mechanical extract unit with heat recovery ensures that fresh air is 100% fully filtered even in bypass mode, it is listed on the Products Characteristics Database (PCDB), is IPX2 rated and operates quietly.  For a kitchen plus two wet rooms it has an efficiency percentage of 90%.  The HR200 BP has a hard wired controller with LCD display and its two G3 filters are easily accessible simply by removing the front panel.  Designed in Italy, the HR200 BP is sleek, unobtrusive and has excellent performance values.

VORTICE Marketing Manager Jennifer Quinn said:

“Our Technical team can work with customers to ensure the most appropriate ventilation design including both ducting and heat recovery unit.  In the case of Fairfield Meadows the HR200 BP was ideal and the eventual residents of these beautiful homes will reap the benefits of excellent indoor air quality and high energy efficiency.”

Vortice heat recovery units improving air quality in retirement living apartments

Vortice has worked with Peterborough-based VentfiltersRus, to successfully install the Vortice Invisible Mini heat recovery system in retirement living apartments. VentfiltersRus undertakes service contract work for multiple retirement living apartments, ensuring that residents benefit from excellent indoor air quality and energy efficient ventilation, with the obvious benefit of lower electricity costs.

The Vort Invisible Mini is a void mounted heat recovery unit, which is a lightweight product and is easily fitted in smaller void spaces.  It offers easy set up and wiring and has an option for a humidity sensor to boost the unit when needed.  The unit has an easy-to-use hard wired controller which gives the user filter status, operation status and set up function. The unit also includes two filters to maintain good indoor air quality and these are easily accessed behind tool free magnetic covers.

Clifton Gordon from VentfiltersRus said:

“We regularly work with Vortice heat recovery units in apartments for retirement living, using both the Vort Invisible Mini and the Vort HR200 BP.  Their compact design and ease of installation and service make them the ideal solution for this sector.”

Short term effects of poor air quality may include fatigue, congestion or headaches and as residents of retirement living apartments may already have weakened immune systems or underlying health conditions, the focus must be on maintaining a good indoor air quality.


Vortice has always prided itself on being renowned as the ‘air experts’ and is passionate about wanting to offer its customers not only the best ventilation solution, but also the best service and after care package. Vortice Area Business Manager Darren Clare did just this with Podium Plumbing to help achieve a great heat recovery installation this year.

Harry from Suffolk-based Podium Plumbing, was looking to install a heat recovery system on his self-build project, but also wanted to understand more about the unit’s commissioning and maintenance. He, along with others, attended the Vortice BPEC course run by the Vortice technical team and Darren Clare at its Burton upon Trent Offices. The Vort Avel 350 had been chosen for the project due to the high heat exchange rate and full filtration of the unit.

Darren commented

“Harry at Podium was really keen to start using heat recovery units, not just on his own house, but also on future projects for clients. He felt it was important that he was as knowledgeable as possible first, so the BPEC course was the ideal initial step for him. We then worked alongside Podium in the design, installation and commissioning of the project. Harry and the other attendees said the results were terrific and they have already specified and used Vortice heat recovery units on other builds.”


Vortice has recently worked with Quartz Electrical and Mechanical Services to install an impressive heat recovery air handling unit at Middlesbrough College.  The RXH/Hi is an integrated refrigerant circuit heat recovery unit, ensuring that Middlesbrough College not only has good indoor air quality, but it also reaps the benefits of heat recovery thereby reducing the energy costs and the C02 footprint.  The unit was installed in a new extension to the college creating a state-of-the-art digital IT centre.

For buildings that require air exchange and are not equipped with dedicated air conditioning systems, the installation of these RXH/Hi units allows the introduction of primary air at a controlled temperature without disturbing the internal conditions in the occupied spaces, this makes it unnecessary to use additional systems to heat or cool the incoming primary air.  On new installations the complete air exchange requirement is carried out, allowing a reduction in the size of the main air conditioning system. The unit also benefits from air cooling which can be adjusted in the summer or winter, ensuring that the unit operates at maximum efficiency.

Paul Gunner Sales Director of Vortice commented

“We enjoyed working with Quartz and Middlesbrough College to ensure the best and most competitive solution for their requirements.  They are extremely happy with the result and we are looking forward to helping them further with additional ventilation systems.”


Vortice has supplied heat recovery units for 45 new affordable homes in the Heckington and Sleaford area. The design specification for the homes meant that the unit needed to be installed under the stairs, so, due to its compact dimensions, the Vort HR200 BP unit was an ideal choice.

The HR200 BP is designed to ventilate constantly and this ensures the recovery of up to 93% of the heat which would have otherwise been lost from the property. It offers 100% filtration even in summer bypass mode, ensuring good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the tenants all year round.  The unit boasts high energy efficiency levels, reducing the residents’ energy bills, as well as producing low sound levels and providing easy access to filters for maintenance. 

Darren Clare of Vortice commented

“The HR200 BP units were an ideal choice for the size constraints for this project, whilst taking into account the Fabric First Design and Build approach. I worked closely with all the team at RJ Wilson M & E along with our technical team to ensure both a compliant design and a smooth install.”


Maximum configuration flexibility, high energy efficiency, easy and quick handling during transport and installation: these are just some of the features of the CTAE air handling unit from Vortice.

In addition, the CTAE series offers an efficient and innovative construction technology that allows it to be included in any building project or production process. The advanced design ensures maximum energy efficiency and reduced operating cost. The sizes of air handling units are virtually unlimited, allowing all requirements to be met with a range of airflow rates from 500 m3/h up to 190.000 m3/h.

The CTAE units represent a tailor-made solution for every commercial and industrial application, from meeting rooms, cinemas, hotels, restaurants and offices to pharmaceutical, chemical and mechanical manufacturing.  

Vortice Sales Director Paul Gunner said:

“The range of air handling units in the Vortice range is extensive, as is the range of suitable control packages. We’re also excited to be able to offer selection software which provides all the technical data, performance sizing and dimensions of the units, helping the installer in the design of the complete system.”

Working from home? Keep it well ventilated …

The lockdown and the ‘new normal’ we all face at the moment has seen dramatic changes in our lives – one of these being ‘working from home’. As many people are still working from home, Vortice continues to be passionate about keeping people safe whilst working in these uncertain times.

Vortice knows that there are fundamental things people can do to improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) within the home. A better IAQ is linked to improved concentration and productivity and more health benefits such as better sleep.

See our tips below to help create healthy indoor air quality whilst spending so much time at home.

  1. Open your windows

It has been widely published by the Government that opening windows can drastically reduce the build up of contaminants and is the most effective way of reducing this build up in the home. The UK Government states that opening windows prevents the build up of virus particles from accumulating in the air in your home and therefore helps stop the spread of Covid. The more fresh air that is brought inside the home, the quicker any airborne virus will be removed from the room.

2. Use ventilation fans where possible

Many people forget to use their extractor fans or they turn them off, but it is imperative that these are utilised in order to create an air path throughout the home to improve indoor air quality.

Using these fans will also help reduce a build up of warm air, condensation and then damp.

3. Keep pollutants to a minimum

One key aspect we can do to improve our IAQ is to reduce pollutants within the home. Pollutants come in the form of pet hair, dust, cleaning products and fireplaces which emit CO2. A build up of such pollutants can include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Longer exposure to such pollutants can cause asthma, respiratory diseases and heart disease.

Pet hair is a pollutant within the home. Whilst it may be comforting to cuddle your pet whilst working, try and keep pet hair and dander to a minimum by vacuuming regularly.

Continuous use of air fresheners, gas stoves and strong cleaning products can also cause a build up of pollutants.

4. Other points to consider

  • Check houseplants for mould and repot if needed
  • Do not allow pets to sleep in the bedroom, especially with asthma sufferers

VORTICE supplies ventilation systems to aid learning and development at Lawford Green Nursery in Essex

It is no secret that Early Years Education (0-5 years) plays a key role in children’s brain development and can hugely impact their first learning experiences.  This in turn can deeply affect their future cognitive, emotional and social development. One important factor in Early Years Education is the environment in which the children learn; including lighting, heating and ventilation.

Paul Willey from Rose Builders worked alongside VORTICE to support Lawford Green Nursery in providing a ventilation solution for its classrooms. VORTICE Area Business Manager Darren Clare worked alongside Mark Coutts at TH electrical to listen carefully to the brief and specified the VORT NRG heat recovery units as a solution.

The void mounted heat recovery units extract from one side of the classroom and constantly supply fresh filtered to the other in order to create a constant air path through the space. The units guarantee high levels of efficiency and heat exchange with reduced energy consumption and are available in vertical or horizontal versions. The units also boast high acoustic insulation so they won’t disrupt or distract the occupants within the classrooms. VORTICE also specified CO2 monitors and higher grade filtration to aid the reduction of carbon monoxide within the classroom.

Marketing Manager Jennifer Quinn said: “The Duchess of Cambridge has set up The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Years to drive awareness of how we can impact Early Years development, so there has been a huge amount of focus on Early Years settings. Here at VORTICE we believe that creating the ideal healthy learning environment can make a big difference. Studies have shown that good indoor air quality can improve concentration, development and alleviate health issues in teachers and children.”

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