Robertson construction decarbonisation refurbishment solar PV

South Tyneside Council decarbonisation


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Community facilities
£2.3 m
South Tyneside
South Tyneside Council
November 2021
1 year
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Helping South Tyneside Council to reach their net zero targets

Robertson has delivered four decarbonisation projects for South Tyneside Council to support their ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The four projects – at two primary schools, a leisure facility, and a recycling centre – allow the buildings to generate their own electricity, store their energy and reduce consumption.

The changes help our client to reach their net zero ambitions, reducing carbon use and energy usage. 

Middlefields Recycling Centre - Battery storage to reduce peak power demand

At Middlefields Recycling Centre, we designed and installed a purpose-built 160kW 600kWh battery storage facility that will supplement peak power demand at the most energy-intensive times, reducing energy bills for South Tyneside Council. It also allows the centre to be powered more sustainably in future, via a 900kW wind turbine plant. 

Harton Primary School - Heat pump and solar panels reduce energy demand

Harton Primary School benefits from a ground source heat pump system that serves the school’s underfloor heating. The new system replaced a redundant biomass boiler. It was designed with a 1000 litre buffer vessel, heat meters and variable speed pumps, connected to twenty 180-metre deep boreholes and is targeting a carbon saving of 141.5 tonnes per year. 

New solar photovoltaic panels installed as part of the project significantly reduces electricity demand from the grid. They generate electricity even on cloudy days. At peak conditions they produce 700–800kWh per year and 280kp, which based on DECC guidelines, could save 0.542kg CO2 per kWh.

Forest View Primary School - Heat pump and solar generate renewable energy

We have installed a combination of ground source heat pump heating system and solar PV power generation at Forest View Primary School. The heat pump system creates carbon savings of up to 105 tonnes per year and the solar PV generates up to 166kWp and saves 0.542kg CO2 per kWh.

Jarrow Swimming Pool - Efficient air handling unit, insulation and solar PV

At Jarrow Swimming Pool, we have replaced an existing air handling unit (AHU), upgraded roof insulation and installed solar PV.

The previous AHU, serving the pool and changing area, ran 24/7. The new efficient dedicated unit dehumidifies, heats and ventilates the pool hall, adjusting settings to meet the environment and save energy. A separate unit provides efficient heating and ventilation for the changing area, operating on a timed schedule to reduce energy use.

The roof insulation upgrade has improved the U-value from 0.25 to 0.15 W/m²K, which is more than current building regulations and reduces heating demand.

The new solar PV system generates up to 98kWp and could save 0.542kg CO2 per kWh.

Decarbonising for a net zero future

These changes have significantly reduced South Tyneside Council’s carbon dioxide emissions and helped to move them closer to achieving their ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. 

We have expertise in helping our customers reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in their buildings and have completed similar projects across the UK.

Whether it’s putting in place changes to reduce their energy consumption, install new features to allow them to generate and capture energy more efficiently, we work with our customers to understand what their goals are and help them achieve them.