Landmark building gets a green overhaul

Groundwork STAN executive director Andrew Watts with Jason Oakes, business development director of Oakes Energy.
Groundwork STAN executive director Andrew Watts with Jason Oakes, business development director of Oakes Energy.

A South Tyneside building hailed as one of the most environmentally-friendly in Europe is powering North East business to an ever ‘greener’ and cleaner future.

The Eco Centre at Hebburn, home to communities’ charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN) and a number of other companies, has replaced its heating system with a modern upgrade to ensure its green credentials continue to beat strong.

It remains a landmark building

“It remains a landmark building” ANDREW WATTS

Mitsubishi Electric supplied a state-of-the-art cascade air source heat pump system, which was installed by Oakes Energy in an overall five-figure investment.

It replaced an outdated ground source heating system installed when the Windmill Way centre opened in 1996.

Andrew Watts, executive director of Groundwork STAN, said: “Groundwork is built on a foundation of creating sustainable, vibrant and ‘green’ communities through programmes that educate and inspire.

“Our Eco Centre has always represented the embodiment of these ideal, being environmentally friendly to its core.

“It was a landmark building when constructed and it remains so today, but to ensure it continues to leave the most positive environmental footprint possible 
meant a change to the heating system and a more modern upgrade.”

Jason Oakes, business development director of Oakes Energy, added: “The ground source system 
had worked well but it was getting on a bit, so Groundwork took the decision to replace it with an air source system.

“What they needed was a new system that could work with the existing infrastructure, and one that could cope with a variable demand for heating throughout the year.”