Published: Thursday, 8th July 2021
The next step in making borough council-owned buildings greener is taking place, thanks to decarbonisation grants worth more than £3.8M from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Ground works have begun at the Dutton Pavilion in Lynnsport fields.
Cllr Paul Kunes, Cabinet member for Environment at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “A tractor and excavator are on site to create a 1200mm trench to install a ground collector loop to create an environmentally friendly heating system for the pavilion.
“This work is important for decarbonising the council's buildings. We want to take a lead on this initiative for others to follow. By using a renewable resource to generate heat this helps to save carbon that would usually be emitted by burning gas or oil. Ultimately, switching to a renewable heating system allows for a reduction in the council's carbon footprint. This is really exciting news and means a very big step forward in the council's aim to become carbon neutral as soon as possible.”
Ground works will be complete by mid-July. The project will also start the process of installing heat pumps at other sites including Alive Lynnsport, South Lynn Community Centre, and Alive Oasis in Hunstanton soon.
The scheme is part of the council’s ongoing Re:Fit programme, as it seeks to remove carbon from its existing stock of buildings. The borough council will be working with our Re:Fit partners, Ameresco, to deliver the 100% grant funded project.
Two grants have been awarded by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and are from the Government’s £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) fund.