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RE:FIT

The RE:FIT programme is the largest energy conservation project ever to be undertaken by the Council, and signals a new approach to save energy and money in order to protect services and reduce the Council’s carbon footprint.

 

Utilising the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) RE:FIT framework, Bedford Borough Council has partnered with MITIE, an Energy Service Company responsible for designing and installing energy conservation measures.

 

A number of different energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies have already been installed within the Council’s estate. Works have been completed at Borough Hall, Bedford International Athletics Stadium, Bedford Central Library, the Kempston Centre, Robinson Pool, the Jubilation Centre and the Allhallows Multi-Storey Car Park. The first phase of the project is due to complete with the commissioning of a biomass boiler in Borough Hall in the spring of 2015.

Biomass BoilerBuffer Vessel PipeworkBorough Hall gas

Allhallows Multi-Storey Car Park was one of the first sites MITIE worked on. 212 solar photovoltaic panels have been installed and the lighting within the car park has also been upgraded. The car park and the toilets at Allhallows are now receiving most of their electricity from the solar panels during the day, reducing electricity bills, as well as providing an income for the Council for the next 20 years.

 

Further projects have involved:

  • Converting the existing oil fired boilers to gas at Borough Hall, resulting in significantly reduced heating fuel costs
  • Solar panels installed at the Kempston Centre, the Jubilation Centre, Bedford International Athletics Stadium, Borough Hall and Bedford Central Library
  • Improved loft and heating components insulation at Robinson Pool
  • Vending machine timer controls
  • Lighting upgrades at Borough Hall, Robinson Pool, Allhallows MSCP and the Kempston Centre
  • Improved building management systems at Bedford International Athletics Stadium, Robinson Pool, Bedford Central Library, Borough Hall and the Jubilation Centre

 

Case Studies

Solar PV projects:

Allhallows MSCP

Borough Hall

Kempston Centre

Jubilation Centre

Bedford Central Library

 

Oil to Gas conversion

Borough Hall

 

Lighting Upgrades

Allhallows MSCP

 

Insulation improvements

Robinson Pool loft insulation

Robinson Pool heating and cooling component insulation