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University sets to reduce its bills will new green centre

22 January 2014 No Comment

A Scottish university is aiming to reduce its energy bills by building a new green centre, according to bbc.co.uk.

Bosses at St.Andrews University in Fife, claim that the new facility is needed as rising bills are currently posing a “major threat” to research and development at the institution.


The biomass plant, which will be based at the Guardbridge site, will cost £25 million. Work will begin this year, with the plant set for completion by 2015. It will work by pumping hot water four miles underground in order to heal and cool labs and residences.

Scottish Funding Council helping finance the project with a £10 million grant

Talking about the new facility, Derek Watson, the university’s quaestor and factor, told constructionenquirer.com:

“Guardbridge represents a major strategic step for the University. We are committed to becoming carbon neutral and this large industrial site lends itself to the creation of a range of renewable energies which are vital to our efforts to remain one of Europe’s leading research institutions.”

University bosses say that they will be making sure the public stay consulted on the project, so minimal disruption is caused. They also say that the local community will benefit from employment opportunities, thanks to the new facility.

Author: Samantha Bartlett    Date Written: 22 January 2014

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