Parks are the perfect place to take kids to play, enjoy a quiet stroll, or have a kick about with your mates. But they cost money to maintain - something councils have less and less of. Parks are also home to a large amount of ambient heat, stored in the ground below the lawns and playing fields. We can harvest this low carbon thermal energy for our buildings with the help of heat pumps.
Powering Parks is a project by Possible, Scene and Hackney Council, piloting the installation of heat pumps in the borough’s parks and green spaces to provide heat to nearby buildings - tackling climate change, improving air quality and generating income to re-invest locally. The project is supported by the Rethinking Parks programme, funded by National Lottery Community Fund, National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Nesta.
This toolkit is designed to help local authorities and park managers with the search for opportunities, with shortlisting of potential sites, and with first-stage assessment of costs and benefits for park heat projects. It’ll help you to decide whether or not to commit time and resources to develop specific opportunities further. The toolkit does not cover the development of technical designs or fully fleshed-out business cases; nor does it offer guidance on procurement or contracting.
The information and guidance in this toolkit is not a substitute for rigorous professional advice, but will help with assessing the feasibility of an opportunity, justifying the “go” or “no go” decision of whether to proceed to the next stage in the project development process.
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