Installing a sustainable heating solution at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire

Baystar has secured the contract for a biomass and district heating scheme to provide heating and hot water at the National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire.

Part of a wider strategy

“Baystar won the contract following a rigorous tender process. They demonstrated their technical ability and their understanding of the complexities and sensitivities surrounding our historic sites, and their existing portfolio of work confirmed our findings. This is the first of several installations planned for London and the South East as part of the National Trust’s “Grow your own energy” strategy. I’m confident that this will be an exemplar installation for both Baystar and the Trust,” explained Adrian Fox, Project Manager of the National Trust’s Renewable Energy Investment Programme.

Sustainable energy solution

An initial assessment of Mottisfont Abbey’s current energy efficiency showed significant heat loss from the main house and the stable building.

“This installation will improve the Abbey’s energy efficiency, and by bringing the surrounding woodland into management to use as fuel, it will enable it to be self-sufficient,” added Tessa Guy, Director of Baystar.

Overcoming heritage challenges

Baystar will ensure the fabric of the old building is maintained and unaffected by the works, utilising their considerable experience and expertise to liaise with both archaeologists and site staff.

“At Baystar we have expertise in working on heritage and culturally significant buildings, and going forward our team of engineers are keen to maximise Mottisfont’s energy efficiency. We are proud to have been selected to work with the National Trust on this exciting new project,” added Tessa.

About the project

The project itself involves the conversion of an old cart shed into a state-of-the art boiler room facility, housing 2 biomass boilers alongside a fuel store. The plan is for the biomass boilers to burn fuel in the form of waste woodland on the Mottisfont Abbey estate, in order to provide heating and hot water to the Abbey via a district heating scheme. This will not only reduce the carbon emissions of the estate, but it will also reduce the cost of heating it.