Category Nine

Energy Solution for a Community Building

Sponsor: Bondpay

From large green walls and solar energy panels to an air source heat pump and a wind turbine, this freshly renovated eco-roof visitor centre is said to be the best renewable energy centre in the north of England. It is the only one of its kind in the region open to local authorities, housing associations, building industry professionasl, homeowners, environmentalists and students who are interested in finding out more about the very latest technology.

It’s a hands-on, one-stop shop for visitors to obtain and understand the real value of renewable technologies such as solar photovoltaics, solar thermal panels, ground source heat pumps and wind turbines.

Judges comments: This is Ploughcroft’s own visitors’ centre, which has undergone a very high standard of refurbishment including a remarkable transformation for both energy conservation and regeneration. It is a totally ‘green’ refurbishment with a renewable energy installation that sets the standard for future installations in this newly emerging industry. Also it embraces the excellent customer care insurance guarantee that’s an important ingredient of this business sector.

Photo shows: The team at the Ploughcroft visitors’ centre.