Shropshire Rural Housing, Llanymynech

Ground Source Review: Shropshire Rural Housing, Llanymynech: Houses 2

Ground Source Review: Shropshire Rural Housing, Llanymynech.

This rural new build development is the fourth project delivered by Kensa Contracting for Shropshire Rural Housing Association featuring Kensa ground source heat pumps, delivering on its commitment to provide affordable warmth to its 300-strong housing stock.


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Ground Source Review: Shropshire Rural Housing, Llanymynech

Consisting of two, three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached family homes, each house at Llanymynech has its own British manufactured Kensa Shoebox ground source heat pump installed in under stairs cupboards. Each heat pump is connected to a single district ground array in the centre of the development which consists of four boreholes drilled to depths of 122 meters. The district nature of the ground array means the scheme qualifies for 20 years of income via the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (this scheme has now closed – please visit this page to explore other funding), forecast to return £63k against the investment of £56k, whilst saving residents 15-20% compared to oil or LPG alternatives.

However, the nature of the small development brought disproportionate challenges, as Ian Richardson, Shropshire Rural Housing Association Chief Executive comments:

Llanymynech presented a number of challenges: the brownfield site was tightly confined and in a conservation area, bordered by other residential properties and a church, and immediately abutting another building project. To compound the difficulties of this site, a right of access for vehicles and pedestrians needed to be maintained at all times. Working closely with our main contractor, Pickstock Homes, Kensa Heat Pumps and their drilling sub-contractor completed the work in exemplary fashion.

Nick Scott, Managing Director of Pickstock Homes, comments:

We found working with Kensa to be an excellent, positive experience, from the initial design stages through installation, commissioning and completion.


Key Facts

  • Kensa Contracting managed scheme
  • Six new-build affordable family homes
  • Rural & challenging site
  • 3kW and 6kW Kensa Shoebox heat pumps
  • Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (this scheme has now closed)
  • District borehole shared ground loop arrays

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