Luxury hotel looks to Panasonic


25 January 2023

A luxury hotel and spa in West Sussex has  installed an air conditioning system from Panasonic serving 20 of its 89 bedrooms.

The award-winning 5-Star South Lodge Hotel and Spa, set in 93 acres of parkland in Lower Beeding, is part of the Exclusive Hotels group. The location has no gas connection and no previous ductwork for cooling.

With the UK now facing higher summer temperatures and the bedrooms in the Sussex wing all being south facing, the hotel was keen to provide guests with ultimate comfort. Manager Dan Wait said: “We were looking for an environmental, sustainable and unobtrusive solution to heat and cool the 20 bespoke bedrooms in the Sussex wing. It was also important that the indoor air quality and well-being of our visitors be considered.”

Terry Grayer, managing director of Grayer Services, specified the energy efficient Panasonic 5kW Paci split system. Nineteen rooms have the Panasonic adaptive ducted units and one on the upper roof area has a 60x60 compact cassette unit, all connected to individual outdoor R32 Paci 5kW condensing units housed on the roof of the hotel. All the indoor units also benefit from Panasonic’s nanoe X generators to help improve the comfort and indoor environment, plus each room has an individual controller to operate the heating and cooling function. 

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Bob Cannon, maintenance manager for South Lodge Hotel, said: “The main challenge of installing the units was working around a busy hotel and installing the new hidden ductwork inside the old 3ft thick walls and into the ceilings; – the team managed to install two rooms per week.” 

The adaptive ducted units boast a compact design with a height of just 250mm and range in weight from 26kg to 42kg. Although small, the design still allows for a powerful 150 Pa external static pressure, and optimal airflow set-up is possible depending on ducting design and conditions. 
In addition, the unit’s design permits a smooth airflow, which helps to achieve low noise operation down to  20dBA. Smart sensors control discharge air temperature for precise room temperature control and provide the possibility to reduce cold draughts during heating operation. 
Terry Grayer further added, “We have used Panasonic units in previous projects and have always found them to be reliable and highly energy efficient, coupled with the fact that we needed a discreet design for the indoor units due to the internal ductwork in the high ceilings. The team was also delighted that the Panasonic units are fitted with the nanoe X generator as standard to help improve the indoor air quality – thus making an ideal solution for this project.”
Much of the Panasonic air conditioning range now come with nanoe X technology incorporated, which can help bring incredible benefits indoors so that hard surfaces, soft furnishings, and the indoor environment can be a cleaner and more pleasant place to be. nanoe X works independently from the heating and cooling operation of its units and uses minimal energy and requires no maintenance.