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£35K annual gas savings for Council with Remeha replacement boilers

South Ayrshire Council has reduced annual gas costs at its County Buildings headquarters in Ayr by an outstanding £35K since replacing dated boiler plant with high-efficiency Remeha Gas 310/610 Eco Pro condensing boilers.
Data from the Council reveals a fall in gas consumption of 1.2GW when comparing its usage in 2015/2016 with 2017/2018 and taking into account degree days. This equates to an impressive carbon emissions reduction of around 217 tonnes per annum.
The historic County Buildings, a Category B (Grade II) listed building, has served as the Council’s headquarters since the beginning of the 20th century. When the building’s 25-year-old cast iron sectional boilers came to the end of their operational life, the decision was taken to replace them with three Remeha Gas 310/610 Eco Pro boilers to improve heating reliability and efficiency.
With Remeha boilers already installed across its estates, the Council was familiar with the brand. Ease of maintenance combined with the quality of training and service support provided were additional influencing factors leading to the specification.
Achieving high-performance heating provision was a key requirement of the Council, which was met by the higher-than-average efficiencies of the Remeha Gas 310/610 Eco Pro boilers. Overcoming the challenge of restricted access to the basement plantroom was an additional concern, as a South Ayrshire Council spokesperson explained:
“The boilers needed to be craned over the top of the building and through skylights into the basement plant room, so it was essential to select a boiler model that could be easily handled. It was a major feat of logistics, with Road Traffic having to close the area before the crane lift could take place.”
The design of the fully-assembled, lightweight Remeha boilers played a crucial part in the success of the project, allowing them to be lifted safely as a complete unit. Their compact dimensions provided an additional benefit, helping overcome the space limitations and ensuring access through the narrow skylight. Once inside the plantroom, the integral castors on the new Remeha boilers enabled them to be positioned quickly and easily.
The Remeha boilers are designed for optimum operation, with the ability to modulate from between 100% down to 18% using their own on-board control system to maximise heating efficiency. Contractors ECG also upgraded the building’s Building Management System to improve system control as part of the project.
Upgrading older boilers to newer, more energy-efficient equipment is one of the key initiatives adopted by South Ayrshire Council to improve the energy performance of its buildings.
The Remeha Gas 310/610 Eco Pro series is available in a range of models with single boiler output from 51kW to 1303kW. Available in five to ten sections, its compact design allows it to fit through any standard doorway. The Gas 310/610 Eco Pro is able to be installed side by side, providing greater flexibility in plant room design. With higher than average gross efficiencies of up to 96.6% and minimal CO2 and NOx emissions, the Gas 310/610 Eco Pro provides an affordable solution to cleaner, more reliable, energy-efficient heating.


Lincs Adult Learning Facility To Have Bright Future Thanks To £35k Grant

Thistles Market Garden Ltd, a day service for adults with learning disabilities, will save over £3,000 on its energy bills annually thanks to the support of specialist renewable energy consultants Greenio.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the roof of Thistles Market Garden’s new building in Boston, alongside an air source heat pump and LED lighting, have all future-proofed the community benefit society, keeping energy bills down and helping the not-for-profit organisation reinvest funds back into its training and facilities.
The unique facility provides training for adults with a learning disability, helping them learn vital life skills through the use of its garden and orchard. The team at Thistles support adults to grow and sell produce to the local community helping them learning monetary skills, speaking to customers and honing their social skills. Alongside this, Thistles teaches horticultural and land-based skills.
Anna Wooster, managing director of Greenio, which was set up in 2013 and is based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, said: “When I met with Liz and the team at Thistles I was blown away by their amazing work and passion for helping the adults they work with. Thistles is an amazing facility as it provides people with the chance to learn independent skills and gives them the chance to socialise, get out the house and spend time in nature with a group of lovely people.
“It was really humbling and a truly heart-warming experience to visit Thistles, everyone was so kind and impassioned by the facility, it was contagious. When I found out that Liz was struggling to finish off the new build, I knew I had to help secure funding for renewable energy that would save them money and allow them to be warm this winter. We predict we will save Thistles over £59,000 over the next 20 years in energy bills – which is amazing!”
The installation was funded by the British Airways and Pure Leapfrog Carbon Fund grant, which allows the airline’s customers to choose whether to donate in support of low carbon, energy efficiency or renewable energy projects in the UK or in Africa to foster cleaner, greener and stronger communities.
Liz Judge at Thistles said: “I cannot express how grateful we are to the team at Greenio, who’ve transformed our building into a warm place to be all-year-round! Many of the adults who come to Thistles have a variety of medical conditions alongside their learning disabilities, such as Raynaud’s disease, which means they get very cold extremities.
“The building has proper heating thanks to our new air source heat pump meaning everyone can keep coming, even in the worst weather, without impacting their health. It will also give them a space to learn indoors when they become too cold to take part in activities outside in the garden.
“We have been offering therapeutic horticulture since we first opened our doors with a focus on the ‘seed to sale’ journey, whereby we educated people on everything from growing produce to selling it. However, now we have a proper warm and functional kitchen we will be able to progress this even further – taking the journey from ‘seed to plate’, teaching the adults we work with to cook fresh, tasty meals.
“We already have plans to work with Greenio to offer lessons on renewable energy and climate change, which everyone seemed very interested in when discussed. The savings that we will make on our energy bills will all go straight back into the organisation, enhancing the learning environment for everyone who uses Thistles. It will enable us to offer more activities and a better environment for learning all year round. It will make a huge difference to us and the people who come here.”
The grant was completely free for Thistles, which will not have to pay anything back and will start seeing the benefits instantly as a result of reduced energy bills and feed-in tariff earnings – a government scheme which allows you to claim money back for every KWH generated from the system.


Polypipe helps Siemens in car park construction

Polypipe’s geocellular water management systems have been installed across a new 500-space car park that will service an expanding science park complex in Manchester.
The two-hectare mixed-use Siemens Campus complex near Princess Parkway in Didsbury includes a £65 million private hospital, 92 new homes, and commercial space. With many visitors expected on the site so close to Manchester’s main road network links, a large car park was required to provide ample parking space.
Polypipe was called upon by P.P. O’Connor, the appointed principal contractor for the scheme, and worked in conjunction with supply and install partner Hydro WMS to offer a cost effective geocellular stormwater management with treatment solution utilising Polystorm and Permavoid, as the initial design was over budget.
The solution included 2,700 Polystorm-R cells, 600 Permavoid Medium Duty with Biomat cells and more than 600m of Permachannel. By utilising the Permavoid and Polystorm range in conjunction with one another, Polypipe was able to re-work the design, whilst still allowing the controlled water treatment and surface water run-off across the site as per the initial design.
Polystorm-R is designed for use in trafficked areas with a compressive strength of 61 tonnes/m2. Its modular structure made it ideal for use within the site’s restricted areas, where the car park was being installed around existing buildings.
By supporting P.P. O’Connor through the tender process, Polypipe worked with all parties to supply a system that delivered more than £200,000 in cost savings, compared to the original plan for the scheme.
Chris Reilly, commercial director at P.P. O’Connor, said: “We were able to work with Polypipe to supply a cost-effective, reliable, and easy to install system that helped the client significantly reduce costs without compromising the quality of the final car park. Using Polystorm and Permavoid provided us with an ideal solution for a large car park area, and with further expansion in the pipeline at this site, we will be able to put a similar system in place.”
Rosie Cheetham, marketing manager at Polypipe Civils, said: “Polystorm-R is proven to be one of our most reliable, flexible and effective products for shallow attenuation projects such as the car park at the Siemens Campus.”
The development is expected to be fully developed by 2020.

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