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May 2017: Nicholls Boreholes Drill a 210 Metre Water Borehole With Solar Panels For Nature Reserve Near Chichester

In February 2017 Kier Services, part of the Kier Group, contracted Nicholls Boreholes to drill and install a 210 metre water borehole at Kingsley Vale National Nature Reserve to provide irrigation for their cattle troughs. Read more>


February 2017: Nicholls Boreholes On TV!

On 5th January 2017 Ben Nicholls, Director of Nicholls Boreholes was interviewed on Channel 4’s The Restoration Man presented by George Clarke. Read more>


January 2017: OFGEM Increase in Domestic RHI Tarriff

As Nicholls Boreholes is MCS accredited for Ground Source Heat Pumps, our customers are eligible to claim for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and OFGEM have confirmed the latest rates for the domestic RHI which will apply to applications submitted from 1st January 2017. Read more>


December 2016: Heat Pump Installation In Felpham, West Sussex

In conjunction with our sister company Nicholls Countryside Construction Limited, Nicholls Boreholes are installing a 16kW Nibe heat pump into a stunning new build property on the seafront at Felpham, West Sussex. Read more>


November 2016: Nicholls Boreholes Chosen by Rockbit UK

Nicholls Boreholes were chosen by Rockbit UK Limited to promote their services in the UK using one of our Massenza MI8 drilling rigs in the November 2016 issue of GeoDrilling International. Read more>


October 2016: Ground Source Heat Pump Installation for Vineyard in West Sussex

Nicholls Boreholes have just finished a project to design, supply and install a 38kW Vaillant Ground Source Heat Pump System for a Client who had purchased land in Ditchling, West Sussex to build a new house and create a vineyard. Read more>


SEPTEMBER 2016: Solar PV Panels Powering Water Borehole on a Farm in South Downs

Nicholls Boreholes were contacted by a livestock farm near Graffham, West Sussex to provide a quote for supplying and installing a 177 metre water borehole to provide irrigation for their land and a water supply for their livestock. Due to the farm being situated on the top of the South Downs in an isolated position and with a lack of electrical supply, the water borehole is powered using solar PV (photovoltaic) panels. Read more>


AUGUST 2016: Nicholls Boreholes install Stiebel Eltron 13kW open-loop Ground Source Heat Pump in West Sussex

Nicholls Boreholes install a Stiebel Eltron 13kW open-loop Ground Source Heat Pump System for large family home in West Sussex. This system provides both hot water and heating through the under floor heating and also heats the indoor/outdoor swimming pool.
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JULY2016: Nicholls Boreholes drill 205m deep steel lined water borehole for a private school.

Nicholls Boreholes have just finished installing a 205m deep steel lined water borehole for a top private school in Oxshott, Surrey.  Read more>


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JUNE 2016:   Nicholls Raising Money for British Heart Foundation

Nicholls Boreholes and Nicholls Countryside Countryside Construction Limited teamed up for the annual London to Brighton bike ride and raised a fantastic £805.00 for British Heart Foundation.  Read more>



Nicholls Boreholes have just drilled and installed a 176m water abstraction borehole in the South Downs National Park which will be run off a solar panel system to be installed by Nicholls soon.  This was for a private Client who wanted a private water supply for his livestock.


MCS Approved Installer


As Nicholls Boreholes is MCS accredited for Ground Source Heat Pumps, their customers are eligible to claim for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and OFGEM have confirmed the latest rates for the domestic and non-domestic RHI which will apply to applications submitted from 1st April 2016.  Read more>


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In March 2016, Stiebel Eltron held a 3 day Ground Source Heat Pump training event in Holzminden, Germany and as approved suppliers Nicholls Boreholes were invited to attend.  This included Ben Nicholls, Managing Director and Tom Giersz, Design Engineer.  Read more>


GSHP Service


Following the installation of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems (GSHPs) for a rural holiday development at Robertsbridge, on the East Sussex/Kent border, the client asked Nicholls Boreholes to put in place annual service … Read more>

Ground Source Heat Pump Systems general service

The Nicholls Boreholes Ground Source Heat Pump Systems Service Agreement – How it works and what it does

Nicholls Boreholes have been installing GSHP (Ground Source Heat Pump) Systems for over 7 years, throughout Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Home Counties. In that time we have worked on hundreds of GSHP systems and provided a call-out service to most types of system regardless of who installed them.

We are also pleased to offer an annual maintenance agreement. At each visit we undertake this detailed step by step procedure:

  1. The Glycol index is checked (the heat transfer efficiency of the Glycol will attenuate over time, and will eventually require full replacement. When this is needed, we advise the client in advance of the cost per litre).
  2. The Glycol is topped up and the pressure is adjusted if needed.
  3. All equipment is given a visual check
  4. Plant room filters are all cleaned
  5. Heat pump settings are checked in detail and any necessary adjustments made*
  6. Underfloor heating manifold flow rates are checked
  7. The system is checked for any stored alarm messages
  8. The hot water cylinder is given a full service
  9. The operation and setting of thermostats is thoroughly checked*.

*Client attendance for these procedures is suggested, as settings can be adjusted based on client feedback from the year’s operation.

Emergency Call-Outs

Nicholls Boreholes’ heating engineers will visit clients out of hours (Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, excluding Bank Holidays) – price on request.

If any system components are found to be functioning incorrectly, we will make you aware of this, and discuss whether a repair can be undertaken, or if a replacement part is necessary.

After each visit a Service Report will be completed and signed (if on site), confirming the service has taken place, and letting you know if any further action is required.

We will write to you each year as a reminder that your system is due for a service.

As approved suppliers for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) we also help our clients to access funding relating to the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) where it is recommended that you have an annual service (OFGEM states “As a general principle we require the equipment to be maintained in line with manufacturer instructions where available.”

Some of our clients include a Swedish self-build construction company in East Sussex; a Coastguard Rescue Station in Hampshire; a Lifeboat Station on the Isle of Wight; a nature reserve in Sussex and high-end buildings in Chelsea and central London. We also drill, install and maintain ground source heat pump systems in Berkshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. For an example of our GSHP service click here>

For more information about Nicholls Boreholes Ground Source Heat Pump systems service agreements or to arrange a time for us to undertake a service of your GSHP system, please email us or call us on 01403 820750.

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