ICC Sofitel

ICC Sofitel

Issue 3: May 2018

Hot water by Rheem for the largest luxury hotel in Australia


Opened in late 2017, the new French-inspired ICC Sofitel in Sydney’s Darling Harbour is now the largest luxury hotel in Australia. Built at a cost of $500-million, with 590 rooms spread over 35 levels, it’s the first 5-star hotel to be built in the city for almost two decades.

And with capacity to host over 2,000 guests at any one time, hot water demands are enormous. Specifying a commercial plant offering large hot water storage volume with a high level of system redundancy was essential.


Working with developer Lend Lease and hydraulic consultant Warren Smith & Partners, Rheem Commercial recommended a Raypak gas solution for two hot water plants.

“Because Raypak’s robust design characteristics make it ideal for high-demand commercial applications, we knew this was the perfect solution,” says Josh Elliott, Rheem’s Commercial Sales Manager NSW/ACT. “Two plants combined can provide over 60,000-litres of 65°C water over a one-hour peak period.”



Rheem supplied three Raypak gas water heaters per plant, with large capacity stainless steel storage tanks offering a reduced footprint and extended life. To simplify tank installation, the removeable 100mm-thick tank insulation was disassembled to make positioning in the plant rooms easier and re-installed prior to commissioning.

The bespoke Raypak system is also compatible with the hotel’s Building Management System allowing the equipment to be monitored remotely.



In summary
Plant 1: Domestic Low Rise (Gravity Feed):

• 3 x Raypak B3164NCO/ID gas water heaters
• 6 x Rheem RT 3000-litre Stainless Steel Storage tanks



Plant 2: Domestic High Rise (Mains Pressure)
• 3 x Raypak B0280NCO/ID gas water heaters
• 4 x Rheem RT 1000-litre Stainless Steel Storage tanks


Developer: Lend Lease
Hydraulic Consultant: Warren Smith & Partners
Installing Contractor: Boone & Willard