This hall is a Victorian School that was converted in 1979. Users often complained about the poor facilities.
Initially an energy audit was carried out and £20,000 was raised supplemented by a legacy left specifically for the building.
The improvements included –
- new roof with 36 photo voltaic solar panels
- lowered ceilings with insulation
- low energy lighting
- new eco boiler and improved heating system
- complete toilet rebuild, automated water and lighting
The hall is running at about 95% capacity, and they estimate about 20,000 people each year use the hall and over 35 users groups. They are still able to keep the rental at £6.00 per hour and their income is above their expenditure. The expenditure for the PV panels will be paid off in 8 years, but these earn about £3K per year so it is a very good investment.
See the hall at the following websites
http://www.wiltshiregreendoors.org.uk/ophomes/home-1/ for more ‘green detail’.