Historic Manchester Mill Gets £2m Renewable Heating Face Lift

26th Sep 2011

One of Greater Manchester’s most historic buildings is to benefit from a £2 million renewable heating face lift.

Built in 1885, Cavendish Mill – a former cotton spinning mill – was converted into social housing in 1994. Now under the ownership of New Charter Housing Trust, tenants are to benefit from the installation of a new state of the art renewable energy heating system.

One of the first of its kind to be installed in the UK, the EcoPod system incorporates eight gas boilers, 40 solar thermal panels and a biomass boiler. At a cost of £1 million, it was developed by Warrington-based Belfry Group as a means of reducing fuel poverty in high-rise tower blocks and took two and a half years to develop.

Providing hot water and central heating for 160 flats at the Grade II listed building in Ashton-under-Lyne, the system will help cut the former cotton mill’s carbon footprint by more than 40%.

“Cavendish Mill has a rich history, dating back to the 1800s, but once this installation has been completed, it will have a heating system fit for the 21st century,” said Danny Vose, head of investment at the housing association.

“According to our calculations, we expect to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 200 tonnes per annum. Individual tenants will also benefit too with savings of up to 40% on their fuel bills,” he added.

Cavendish Mill isn’t the first building in the country to benefit from the ground-breaking new technology. An EcoPod system has also been installed at a block of flats in Hyde, to much success. The installation at Chartist House won ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’ at the H&V News Awards 2011 – the industry’s premier event which recognises best practice in heating and ventilation.