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Ground Source Review: South Shropshire Housing Association.

This award-winning Kensa Contracting heating upgrade scheme comprised the retrofit of ground source heating systems at two of South Shropshire Housing Association’s sites comprises twenty-two 1 and 2 bed bungalows, one flat, a communal room with general needs, and eight 3 bed houses.


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Ground Source Review: South Shropshire Housing Association

This Kensa Contracting project split over two sites, St Mary’s Place and College Close, involved the removal of ageing night storage heaters and replacement with Kensa Shoebox heat pumps.

Kensa designed the whole project and were responsible for the complete ground source heat pump installation, commissioning and MCS accreditation. Further to this Kensa assisted in the tenant liaison process to ensure customer satisfaction throughout the entire programme. Kensa appointed experienced sub-contractors to carry out the ground works who have worked in partnership with Kensa for a number of years on other social housing projects. Warmer Energy Services were used to complete the internal installations.

Kensa’s design at the St Mary’s Place site features individual Kensa Shoebox heat pumps using a shared ground loop for every three to five properties, qualifying the scheme for the ECO and Non-Domestic RHI (this scheme has now closed – please visit this page to explore other funding), paid over twenty years.

College Close comprises three bedroom semi-detached houses with adequate space within each curtilage for individual boreholes, making the installations eligible for receipt of the Domestic RHI (this scheme has now closed), which is paid over seven years.

Bernard Quinn, Investment Manager for South Shropshire Housing Association, says:

We know that our tenants are finding it increasingly difficult to find the money to keep their homes warm.  The residents in this area of Cleobury had electric storage heaters and solid fuel back boilers; as part of our review into updating their heating and hot water we found that ground source heating was a far better alternative, and residents agreed.

Our Asset Management Strategy includes a vision for the housing stock to be in good repair. This means planning to replace components such as central heating systems at the end of their useful life. The installation of ground source heat pump central heating will help deliver this vision. In addition we have a target to reduce our carbon footprint and tackle fuel poverty in our off gas properties. The proposal goes some way to help meet these ambitions.

Resident Mrs Christina Groves says:

The new system is fantastic, it’s easy to operate, you just set it and leave it and it provides a constant heat and hot water when you need it.


Key Facts

  • Kensa Contracting managed scheme
  • Mixed properties: Bungalows, flats, semi's, communal room
  • Mixed funding: ECO, Commercial and Domestic RHI (this scheme has now closed)
  • Mixed arrays: Borehole shared ground loop array & individual boreholes
  • Mixed upgrade: Replacing solid fuel & night storage heaters