Viessmann boilers take centre stage at Hull New Theatre
2nd March 2018

Heating systems manufacturer Viessmann is in the limelight at Hull New Theatre, which re-opened at the end of 2017 following an extensive refurbishment and multimillion pound investment. As part of the £16 million rebuild, the company has overhauled the heating system, supplying three Vitocrossal 200 boilers to heat the entire theatre space and ensure the utmost comfort for actors and audiences alike. Specified by G&H Building Services, the Viessmann system was selected as the ideal solution to meet the capacity, cost-efficiency, environmental and noise requirements of the project management team at Hull New Theatre.

The newly extended and transformed theatre boasts state-of-the-art technical and backstage infrastructure meaning the theatre is now one of the most advanced in the country.

Garry Taylor, city manager for major projects and infrastructure at Hull City Council, says, “This was a complex and multipart renovation so we had to ensure the smooth running of the whole project while the installation took place. Viessmann was appointed to install a stable and efficient boiler system to meet the requirements of our building usage, guests, performers and theatre management team.

“The systems were installed efficiently and operate to a high standard – with minimal noise, which is especially important during performances. We need to ensure the comfort of actors backstage and guests in the auditorium and having an efficient heating system is a huge contributor to their experience in Hull New Theatre. It will also reduce our energy costs, carbon emissions and make the theatre a green, comfortable and welcoming environment for our audiences, creatives and community visitors.”

The gas condensing boilers offer highly effective thermal insulation with high grade condensing technology for efficient performance to price ratio as well as clean combustion. The system will provide an environmentally responsible function and an economical, reliable, safe and particularly quiet service – all key factors for the theatre. The boilers will provide heating for the whole theatre space including the newly reconfigured theatre auditorium, backstage, dressing rooms, public areas and community spaces.

The new system offers the most energy efficient fossil fuel burning boilers, bringing energy and cost efficiency compared to older, inefficient non-condensing boilers.

Viessmann’s marketing director, Darren McMahon, says: “It has been an honour to work on this prestigious project with Hull New Theatre. We know heating is of major importance in theatres to ensure an enjoyable experience for performers, theatregoers and staff, so were keen to work closely with the team to work around the refurbishment schedule and reduce disruption. The new installation will give peace of mind to the team and to Hull City Council and Arts Council England as investors, and will benefit guests, staff and management for many years to come, while contributing towards reduced energy consumption and overall running costs.”

The multi-million pound investment in Hull New Theatre is made up of £11million from Hull City Council and £5 million funding from the Government via Arts Council England. It is part of the council’s £100m capital investment programme designed to regenerate the city’s economy, securing lasting benefits for the people of Hull and the region.

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Image – © Hull New Theatre. Three Viessmann Vitocrossal 200 boilers heat the entire theatre space and ensure the utmost comfort for actors and audiences alike.

About Viessmann Ltd.

Viessmann Limited is part of the Viessmann Group of companies, which is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating systems, industrial systems and refrigeration systems. Founded in 1917, Viessmann remains a family-owned business and has over 12,000 employees across the world.


Viessmann has 23 production divisions in 12 countries, subsidiaries and representations in 74 countries and 120 sales offices around the world. The company’s commitment to the highest standards of manufacturing has led to its systems being awarded a multitude of awards over the course of its history.


Viessmann’s comprehensive product range of domestic and commercial heating systems has an output range of 1.5 to 120,000 kW. It offers oil and gas-fired boilers, solar thermal and photovoltaics, combined heat and power modules (CHP), ground, air and water sourced heat pumps, biomass boilers and fuel cell heating systems.


History of Hull New Theatre:

Born out of one man’s dream, Peppino Santangelo, to create a tradition of ‘playing for the people’, Hull New Theatre first opened in a blaze of glory in 1939.

Throughout its history, Hull New Theatre has survived many threats to its future, including a direct hit during the war and the threat of being turned into a bingo hall.

After an emergency meeting early in the 1960s, Hull City Council decided to buy the New Theatre, Hull, as it was then known, to ward off the bingo entrepreneurs for good. The Kingston upon Hull Theatre Company was formed to run the theatre and throughout the 1960s audiences remain steady, playing to some 150,000 people each year.

In 1985 the New Theatre, Hull, underwent a massive refurbishment, reopening its doors as Hull New Theatre/ Today it remains true to the purpose it was intended with a vast number of performances and performers gracing the stage of one of the best regional theatres in the country.