Project Description

University Church of England Academy, Ellesmere Port

University Church of England Academy building

University Church of England Academy building

A £25m new complex for the University Church of England Academy opened to students in October 2012.

The striking iconic facility has:

  • drama and performance areas
  • a creative learning centre
  • Faraday science laboratories
  • media centre
  • 550-seat theatre
  • fully integrated special needs provision
  • multi-level reflection space
  • internal gardens; and
  • a courtyard.

 

The solution

GAHPs on the University Church of England Academy roof

GAHPs on the University Church of England Academy roof

Gas absorption heat pumps were chosen to provide the Academy’s heating requirements and meet renewable targets, enabling points for BREEAM assessment.

Nine gas absorption high temperature heat pumps were mounted on two skids and located on the roof.

This system is providing the Academy with a combined heat capacity total output of 325kW.

 

 

 

 

The outcomes

  • Gas absorption heat pumps can be used to meet renewable requirements for schools targeting “BREEAM Outstanding”.
  • The use of gas absorption heat pumps over traditional gas boilers will mean a saving of 31.3 tonnes of CO2 per year, along with running cost savings of up to £4,000 per year.
  • GAHP gas heat pumps outperform electric heat pumps in low ambient conditions with continuous heating to -20°C.
  • 325kW output from a single phase power supply, nominal 8.1kW input.