Hardwick Hall going Green

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The National Trust’s historic Hardwick Hall is to leap into the future thanks to a £50,000 Big Lottery cash boost which will fund a high-tech ‘green energy’ project.

The grant from the Community Sustainable Energy Programme will allow the National Trust to incorporate further eco-friendly measures into its major redevelopment of the Elizabethan estate. An innovative biomass boiler will be installed in the Stableyard buildings to heat the new restaurant, shop and community space, opening in 2012.

Visitors to Hardwick can already take a guided tour of the Stableyard to learn about the work that is taking place. On Sunday 28th August the property is hosting Go Green! - a celebration of sustainable living in the Stableyard, this will showcase the installation of the biomass with visitor tours to the new boiler.

Claire Hammond, Project Manager for the Hardwick Stableyard redevelopment, said: “The National Trust is firmly committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving towards more sustainable ways of working. We wanted the Stableyard redevelopment to take Hardwick a step closer to being a more sustainable estate and to be a showcase for the use of renewable technology, so we’re excited that visitors will have the chance to see this important piece of equipment once it is installed.

“By sharing the story of how we’re making Hardwick more sustainable, we hope to inspire people to make changes to the way they think about and use energy.”

Once fully installed, the new boiler will be metered to monitor energy consumption and to illustrate the savings that are being made. The results will be published and displayed at the site.

The biomass boiler will be installed and commissioned by August 2011 and the Hardwick Stableyard Project is due for completion in 2012.