Bromford, Pleydells

Ground Source Review Bromford, The Pleydells

Ground Source Review: Bromford, The Pleydells.

The largest collaboration between Kensa Contracting and Bromford Housing to date, this 33 unit scheme at The Pleydells is tackling fuel poverty by saving residents 30-50% on their heating bills.

  • Shortlisted: Best Customer Impact Award (NHMF Awards 2018)


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Ground Source Review: Bromford, The Pleydells

Consisting of 12 flats and 21 bungalows, the heating upgrade at The Pleydells features individual Shoebox ground source heat pumps installed within each property and connected to shared ground loop arrays.

Due to the potential for artesian conditions at greater depths the site featured a greater number of shallower boreholes compared to most installations. This increased the requirement for trenching works but the open nature of the site ensured minimal disruption to residents. To reduce the time for the drilling operation two drilling rigs were used simultaneously at opposite ends of the site resulting in 33 boreholes being completed in just five weeks.

Tenant surveys have revealed a 100% satisfaction rate for the ground source heat pump upgrade at the Pleydells. Residents are experiencing evidenced running cost reductions of 30-50%, saving £300-£450 per year whilst also allowing for whole house heating.

Paul Barlow, Bromford’s Building Surveyor for Investment Delivery South comments:

The drilling and ground work trenching works went very well with the three teams and as usual feedback from our customers was great. The team worked safely, cleanly and quickly; the trenching contractor even purchased a mower so he could cut the long grass to ensure a better fit of the replaced lifted turf on the trenches which housed the ground array horizontal pipes!

The internal works went extremely well too, again with good customer feedback – 100% scores on official feedback results!


Key Facts

  • Kensa Contracting managed scheme
  • 33 unit scheme
  • 100% tenant satisfaction scores
  • 6kW Shoebox Twin heat pump in each property
  • Replacing night storage heaters
  • Funded by Non Domestic RHI (this scheme has now closed) & ECO
  • Shared ground loop array system