The latter end of last week saw me once again step over Offa’s Dyke into England (the South West of England to be precise). I had been invited down by Alix, one of our project managers, to take a look at three of the regions properties – Stourhead, Saltram and Killerton – and assist with a renewable opportunities assessment in order to reduce consumption and get them “off oil”.
This is one of the most enjoyable elements of my job – a pleasurable journey down stopping for a coffee and a catch up along the way, followed by a good “nosey” look under the bonnet of some stunning National Trust properties.The aim of the visit was to assess types of appropriate renewable technology – biomass / heat pumps / photovoltaic – based on heat loads, existing infrastructure and age of “the big boxes that burn stuff”.
The practicalities of construction – location / heat main routes/ delivery access and storage areas.
As well as talking to staff in order to gain an understanding of constraints – aesthetic / archaeological / ecological, as well as operational (what they are left to manage once we have all patted ourselves on the back and moved onto the next project).
A fantastic couple of days with much food for thought for Alix and the regional team as I set off back up north. Now to bring all of the options and opportunities together into project scoping documents and business cases.