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Sustainability at CSF

A multi-million pound 18-month innovative renewable heat network at Comberton Village College is now up and running.

The £3.1m project means the college, just outside Cambridge, is now heated by Ground Source Heat Pumps, which have replaced the aging oil boilers, reducing the carbon emissions from heating the extensive site by 70%.

In addition to achieving significant carbon savings, the college is expected to see a reduction in cost of running the low carbon heating system compared to oil.

The project has been a collaboration between The Cam Academy Trust, which oversees the college, Cambridgeshire County Council and Bouygues Energies & Services. The college’s heat network supplies 11 plant rooms across the site. Heat is supplied by two ground source heat pumps which are connected to 60, 200m deep boreholes, providing a peak of 705kW of heating to the college.


Stephen Munday, Cam Academy Trust Chief Executive, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been able to help to oversee this major development at Comberton Village College. From every perspective, this has to be judged a very good and a very desirable way forward. We are strongly committed to green environmental approaches across all our schools, both in terms of education and approaches to our sites. This is a very powerful example of this. It also makes complete sense in terms of future energy costs and putting more of our future funding into education provision rather than high energy bills. It is the sort of investment in public buildings that many of us would want and hope to see across our country moving forward.”