ASHPs to improve Manchester college’s environmental performance

Bolton-headquartered Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) specialists, Seddon Engineering Services, has won a competitive tender to retrofit Loreto College’s college building in Hulme, Manchester.

Installer working on heat pump

Loreto College, a Roman Catholic sixth form college, enlisted Seddon to enhance the environmental performance of its iconic Ball Building, which houses its science labs and the History, Economics, and Theology, Philosophy & Ethics departments.

The nearly £1m project (£961,730) will replace all existing gas sources with state-of-the-art air source heat pumps, boosting the building’s sustainability and efficiency.

Additionally, the retrofit will include the installation of a new, cutting-edge Building Management System designed to optimise the operational efficiency of the entire facility.

Demonstrate fow technologies can work at scale

Karl Barraclough, head of Commercial Energy Services at Seddon Engineering Services, said: “Working on a building as recognisable and culturally important as Loreto College’s Ball Building, is both a huge responsibility and opportunity. We will demonstrate how new technologies can work at scale, but also how seamless the transition can be within buildings of scale.

“Many schools, colleges and educational facilities will be reckoning with how to move into a net zero future and the installation of modern new technologies will be a crucial part of achieving those goals.”

Seddon will install significant electrical upgrades to the local substation in order to fortify the buildings power infrastructure and meet the demands of modern amenities and future developments.

Attending to the electrical grid will be essential for the seamless integration of the air source heat pumps and sophisticated Building Management System, ensuring a cohesive and robust energy management system.

Setting the bar for energy efficiency

Tracy Livesey, Vice Principal at Loreto College, said: “The upgrade to our college’s heating systems is a crucial next step for our long-held sustainability and technological ambitions. Seddon has proven to be a great collaborative partner, helping us to understand what was possible and how we could install new heat pumps with minimal disruption to learning.

“We hope that this project will set the bar for energy efficient and environmentally conscious educational buildings.”

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