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Calke Abbey makes further investments in a greener future

A popular National Trust property near Derby is continuing to up its green energy credentials, with low-carbon catering and office facilities nearing completion.

The new catering facility at Calke Abbey

The new catering facility at Calke Abbey

The project at Calke Abbey has been managed by a team of sustainability engineers from design and project management company Lorien Engineering Solutions.

Burton-based Lorien has a long-standing relationship with the once-stately home and country estate, now open to the public, where it previously installed a low-carbon biomass boiler to replace the previous LPG-fired boiler with a more efficient, centralised renewable technology.

The new catering and office facilities will run off the existing biomass boiler, which operates on woodchip, and generates heating and hot water to various facilities including the restaurant, shop, ticket office and riding school.

All of the wood that fuels the boiler is grown in the national forest and processed within 10 miles of the estate, and it is hoped that within a decade 20% of the woodchip will come from the estate itself.

Over the past five years, Lorien has worked on more than 80 projects with the National Trust, with a focus on renewable energy systems  such as heat pumps, biomass, solar and hydro-electric for Mansion Properties and their wider Estates. Lorien further specialises in the provision of environmental control, delivering re-servicing, conservation heating and overall building management to both modern and listed buildings.

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