It’s happening!

Our village heat network is happening! The energy centre construction for our heat network will be ready to start this May. Read this letter, to find out what it means for you.

Retro-fit ready

You don’t need to replace your radiators or upgrade your insultation to join the heat network. It has been designed to work for all 300 homes in Swaffham Prior, including the listed ones. How? If you sign-up, a heat interface unit will be installed in your home to receive heat from the energy centre and replace your current boiler. It operates at temperatures of 70 – 75c, the same as a boiler, so it can plug straight into your central heating system. Using this high temperature system is hassle free, as you do not have to make additional changes to your home.

Now is the moment…

We want to reduce pollution, have affordable heating, protect our house prices, and not be out of pocket when oil and gas boilers are phased out across the UK.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our village to get rid of the oil tank, the boiler, and make the change to renewable, for free, the connection costs have been waived. The heating tariff, to be released in March, is capped to oil prices, so you shouldn’t have to pay any more than you do today.

Funding, planning and permissions, sorted! Green Homes Grant available!

This project has been 3 years in the making, it was brought forward by a group of residents in the village and has been supported by many villagers over the last couple of years. These residents got Cambridgeshire County Council involved to unlock grant funding and make the idea reality. We have got funding, planning and all legal permissions to make this happen. We have even won additional funding to support extra upgrades to the poorest quality homes in the village through the Green Homes Grant, if you live in a home with EPC of D, E, F, or G, or do not have a ‘wet’ radiator system get in touch!

UK Gov reviewed project

The heat network project has been supported by central government through policy, advice and funding. Making low-carbon, renewable heating available to all households is a UK priority. Our project team has worked with BEIS (department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy), meeting on a monthly basis for two years. The business case and technical design of the heat network have been tested by investment company, Triple Point and engineering counsultants, Aecom on the behalf of UK Gov. 

When is it happening?

Spades are due to hit ground in May 2021. Work will start with the energy centre in the old barn on Heath Road, before the network construction is due to start in the village. The winter of 2021 can be your last on oil, connections of homes are due to start in early Spring 2022. There will be more details on the construction plan available for all to see soon. 

Employment opportunities released

An advert for contractors has recently been shared through local Cambridgeshire construction circles. We would like to involve as many local contractors as possible in developing this project, if you know anyone in civil, electrical, mechanical engineering, fencing or landscaping who may be interested in applying, please email jack.park@bouygues-es.co.uk or Jason.merchant@bouygues-es.co.uk  

What do you need to do?

If you want to get off oil and switch to our local renewable heat network, email us (info@heatingswaffhamprior.co.uk) to arrange a household survey now. In spring, we will be sending an offer pack to all households, to get all customer contracts in place before construction starts. 

If you have any questions about the project, please send them to the project team. There are professional engineering, accountancy and legal teams ready to answer your questions.