Case study: Bradley football Development Centre
Bradley Football Development Centre is a community facility based in Grimsby that offers a range of sport activities. It is a popular building that is used from early morning to late at night, so as you can imagine energy consumption is high!
With the remote location with no surrounding buildings it was a perfect location for invest in solar PV – and the roof is large enough to accommodate 47kW of solar panels. Low maintenance, this renewable energy source will produce on average 20 per cent of the energy needed to help this building run on a daily basis. In future, batteries could be added to make the solar electricity last into the night.
A building management system will control the heating to come on early when it’s cold, and later on warmer days. Sensors will control the temperature in different areas. Facility managers will get updates on any unusual use – so if something is wrong and more energy is being used than necessary they can act right away.
As part of their energy saving plan they have also invested in LED lights – scoring high for energy efficiency.
Gary Precious, facility manager at Bradley Football Development Centre, said:
“In an era where businesses need to do as much as they can to reduce their environmental impact, taking advantage of more energy efficient technologies will help us to reduce energy consumption and operate a cleaner and more efficient building.
“Working closely with the council, the grant funding has helped up to identify the most suitable energy saving technologies; reducing Bradley Football Development Centre’s carbon footprint.”
The Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire programme brings together funding from the European Regional Development Fund, council resources, and applications to the Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme (SEELS), which provides interest-free loans for public sector energy saving projects. Savings from the energy bills will repay the Salix loan.
Bradley Football Development Centre is one of the many public buildings in the Greater Lincolnshire area benefiting from the Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire programme. Why not check out our other case studies to see what other buildings we have worked on.