Ampleforth Abbey and College Estates Dept

The Brief

d3associates was commissioned by Ampleforth Abbey & College Estates Department to provide a technical review for a proposed 2.2MW biomass district heating scheme at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire. 

The district heating scheme will provide around 65% of the sites overall heating. It is proposed that centralised wood chip fired boilers will replace the existing oil fired boilers and provide a maximum predicted 2.2MW total of biomass heat capacity. The oil fired boilers will be retained to provide a back up capability.

The review includes consideration of the adopted design principles, heat load profiles, wood fuel options and construction issues. d3associates were also requested to undertake a financial analysis of the proposed scheme, including potential payback under the Renewable Heat Incentive and hold a workshop to inform the Community.

Feasibility work for the scheme is was undertaken, along with energy surveys of the existing buildings to consider the potential to reduce the existing heat demand. d3associates provided a strong team and worked closely with the Estates Department and other consultants to ensure that the proposed solutions were technically sound and commercially viable.

The Outcome

the d3a team worked closely with the client, in developing options for the biomass scheme, reviewing and providing guidance on the adoption of key principles and design options to take the project forward.