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Further recognition for innovative energy project

2 May 2017

Kensa Hanover Retrofit Project Of The Year
A major energy switching project at a Hanover Housing Association estate in Suffolk has been named the Retrofit Project of the Year at the H&V News Awards. The annual awards recognise excellence across the building services sector.

Engineering work at the 22-flat property, Ashfield Court in Ipswich, was undertaken in just ten weeks by Kensa Heat Pumps who helped pioneer the adoption of heat pump technology in the UK. This involved the drilling of twelve communal boreholes totalling 1700 metres deep, along with the installation of 23 ground source heat pump systems and 115 new radiators throughout the two-storey complex.

Winston Williams, Property Director at Hanover Housing Association, said: 'Hanover were keen to adopt micro-district ground source heat pump technology into our housing stock as we felt it provided a cost effective and long-term solution, and means residents will save money on their heating bills as a result.

'As well as being able to monitor running costs and ensure the systems are performing efficiently, the new scheme will save nearly 1,900 tonnes of carbon emissions during its lifetime, so it really is a win-win for everyone.'

Simon Lomax, Managing Director at Kensa Heat Pumps, said: 'We are delighted that the judges have recognised the unique attractions of our micro-district system architecture and have appreciated our ability to deliver major installation programmes in a true partnership fashion with our customers. Testimony to Kensa’s ability to deliver the promised financial returns is Hanover's ambition to place further orders. More importantly, Hanover also have compelling evidence that the ground source heat pump systems are significantly reducing the heating bills for their tenants.'

The H&V News Awards win is the second time that the project has received industry praise, having already taken out the Most Innovative Retrofit Scheme at this year's Housing Innovation Awards.