Energy-saving heat pumps for Fountains Abbey

An example of the coils which will help transfer ground source heat to the visitor centre at Fountains Abbey. (S)
An example of the coils which will help transfer ground source heat to the visitor centre at Fountains Abbey. (S)

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is installing an energy-saving ground source heat pump to heat its visitor centre at the National Trust estate.

The new sustainable heating system will significantly reduce the estate’s reliance on fossil fuels by replacing the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) boilers which are coming to the end of their useful existence.

General Manager Chris Fowler said:“We’re really committed to reaching and exceeding our energy reduction target.

“We installed ground source heat pumps at our holiday cottages on How Hill two years ago and have seen the results they can deliver – reducing energy costs and emissions. We’re now looking to bring the same success to the rest of the business.”

The ground source heat pump loops will be fitted under the current overflow car park which the estate will develop into an additional permanent parking area which can be used in all weathers to help with demand for car parking spaces on busy days.

The National Trust has worked with specialists to develop plans for the new system and hopes to have completed the project by July 2013, promising a minimum of disruption to visitors during the project.