Case Studies

DONNINGTON GROVE GOLF CLUB

The Donnington Grove Estate is set in a secluded position on the outskirts of Newbury and is overlooked by the historic Donnington Castle. As well as a golf course, the club also offers conference facilities, a wedding venue and fishing opportunities.

When the golf club chose to expand its accommodation by building a new summer house, they wanted to incorporate the very latest green technology and chose a 16kW heat pump and 500 litre water tank to provide the heating and hot water for the new hotel rooms. The heat pump should save an estimated 83 tonnes of CO2 over its expected 25 year lifetime compared with an equivalently sized mains gas boiler. The heat pump should also save an estimated £270 per year in fuel bills.


MAYBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL, HULL

When Hull City Council’s Transforming Our Primary Schools review recommended that Maybury Primary, built in the 1930s, should be demolished and a new school built on the same site, they wanted to ensure that it would be for education into and beyond the 21st century.

The project involved the construction of a school for 210 pupils with classrooms, offices, reception, canteen, outdoor courts/pitches, library & parking. Choosing a heat pump was particularly appropriate for this low environmental impact project with the 3000m of ground loops being laid beneath the school playing fields.


ROBIN HOOD PUB, HOLMESFIELD, DERBYSHIRE

When Mr Kenny renovated the 17th century ‘Robin Hood’ pub in Holmesfield into a 4 bedroom house, he never expected it would be so expensive to heat. As it had no mains gas he bought an LPG tank which cost him around £400 every month to provide enough heat, hot water & cooking gas for himself & his family. He knew there must be a better way to provide their energy needs. After much research he decided to install a heat pump. the 12kW heat pump provides all the property’s heating requirements through an underfloor system. The owner was delighted with the heat pump, which not only saved him over £300 a month, there was an added bonus too. He explains: “I knew heat pumps were meant to reduce your running costs, but it wasn’t until I actually had my house valued that I realised what a huge effect they have on a home’s energy ratings too”.