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Energys Group is Helping Ormiston & Brooke
Weston Multi-Academy Trusts Achieve Annual
Energy Savings of £190,000 Across 12
Academies
E
nergys
Group
won
a
competitive tender, worth over
£1.7million, to manufacture,
supply and install LED lighting to
twelve Academies for two Academy
Trusts.
The Ormiston Academies Trust and
Brooke Weston Trust are sponsors of
primary and secondary academies. As
educational trusts, their aims are for
all young people to have access to the
highest academic, social and practical
skills required to achieve their full
potential, whether going on to study at
a leading university or entering the
world of work.
The academies within each trust which
were part of the project all had old,
inefficient lighting throughout their
properties, mainly consisting of T8
fluorescent fittings without lighting
controls, and also had poor Emergency
lighting provision; this needed to be
upgraded as part of the scheme, to be
fully compliant with BS5266.1.
The entire upgrade programme was
funded by the Department for Education
MAT (Multi-Academy Trust) Loans Pilot
Project and was designed to maximize
the benefits of new, energy-efficient
lighting and ensure the Academies were
fully compliant with emergency lighting
regulations.
The approach
Structured framework
Energy saving upgrades in public sector
buildings are frequently only achievable
with the assistance of Government
funding. The key funding available for
educational establishments is the Salix
scheme.
In May 2017, the Education and Skills
Funding Agency launched a MAT
Loans Pilot project, to analyse whether
interlinking MATs could enable
collaborative working to achieve longterm benefits for their estates. The
project saw EO Consulting bring
together the two trusts on a project to
investigate the long-term strategic
difference this approach had on their
estates.
Energys Group was successful with its
tender bid, awarded in June 2017
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through the Yorkshire Purchasing
Organisation (YPO) framework, to
manufacture, supply and install over
15,000 LED light fittings to 12
Academies in the Group, awarded on a
mix of price, technical specification,
quality and ability to deliver on a very
tight timescale.
Tight deadlines & no disruption
Following the award of the tender each
site had a full lighting survey carried out,
and proposals were submitted over a
two week period to the end of June 2017.
A full programme of works upgrading the
LED Lighting was commenced in July
and completed by November 2017.
Where possible, the work was carried
out in the summer break or during out of
hours in term-time, resulting in no
disruption to the operation of the
Academies.
Proven efficiency
A range of Energys Group's New Vision
LED Panels, linear LED, downlights,
wall-lights, floodlights, high bays and
street lights was installed. Over 15,000
light fittings were upgraded to LED
across the project. The majority of
fittings
incorporated
individual
occupancy and daylight harvesting
sensors to maximize the potential
energy savings. A 10 year warranty was
provided on all fittings.
Massive energy savings across the 12
Academies are being delivered,
amounting to 1.7 million kWh per annum,
and equating to £190,000 per annum
savings, based on a rate of a minimum
of 10.5p per kWh.
Useful lessons
The pilot project has provided invaluable
lessons for the Trusts themselves, EO
Consulting and Energys Group across a
wide-range of outcomes, including:
delivering greater energy savings than
initially forecast; longer-term warranties,
and provided proof that frameworks
make the process cost effective,
repeatable and scalable.
Matt Isherwood, Brooke Weston Trust’s
estates director, said: “This is the first
project of its kind where two Academy
Trusts have joined forces to submit a
joint funding and installation bid,
enabling us to get better deals from
suppliers as we had more buying power
when compared to a single trust.
“The project has been so successful that
it could be replicated across other multiacademy trusts and we outlined the
process, benefits and savings at the
Trust Network Conference in April,
attended by delegates from more than
100 multi-academy trusts.”
Commenting on the project, Kevin Cox
Managing Director, Energys Group said,
“This was a major, multi-site project for
us; one with very tight deadlines and
exacting specifications in order to fulfil
the requirements of the individual
Academies and those of the funding
body. The team did a superb job and
many of the lessons learned will stand
us in good stead for future multi-site,
multi-Academy projects.”
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