CASE STUDY


Westport Lake Visitors Centre


Ground Heat Installations carried out the installation of a Ground Source Heat Pump using a lake extraction closed loop. The job was unique because of the environmental constraints with which we were required to work. As one of the main clients was British Waterways, it was essential for them to minimise the risk of any potential pollutants including silt management. For this reason we approached a specialist directional drilling company who were brought in to install the main connector pipe work from the lake collectors back to our plant room. For heating the building we installed our own unique under floor heating system throughout controlled by optimising thermostats. We also installed a solar thermal hot water system to provide some of the buildings hot water requirements. The project was a huge success and has since been entered for many prestigious awards, a selection of some of these are shown below.

Sustainable Project of the year 2009 runner up. In the prestigious “UK Green building council/building” national awards. Internationally, Westport Lake is being promoted alongside a handful of projects from the Antarctic to New York, in the highly prestigious “Detail” magazine which carefully selects projects from around the world at the cutting edge of architecture and sustainability. Finalist in the Staffordshire LABC building excellence Awards – Sustainability category.

Westport Lake Visitors Centre has achieved an Energy Performance Certificate: GRADE A

Westport Lake Visitors Centre has achieved a highly coveted BREEAM Bespoke Certified Rating Excellent