De-Carbonisation works complete at Kilton Forest Club House

Bassetlaw District Council has successfully completed its first carbon reduction project as it seeks to lower its emissions across its estate and contribute to the UK’s ambition to be ‘Net Zero’ by 2050.

The significant refurbishment project at Kilton Forest Golf Course’s clubhouse will help to reduce carbon emissions by more than 70%, avoiding over 43 tonnes of CO2eq emissions a year, by replacing an outdated heating system and installing energy efficiency measures.

The works were completed by local contractor Robert Woodhead Limited and involved removing the existing oil tank, oil fired boiler, electrical supplies, radiators, radiator covers and pipework. Then replacing them with a new, highly efficient heating system, installing new Ground Source Heat Pumps and improving roof insulation to 250mm in 4 areas. Twelve single glazed windows were also replaced with double glazing, new solar panels added to help reduce electricity consumption and all lighting has been upgraded to LED bulbs.

The Council was awarded £319,722 as part of a highly competitive bid to the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which provides grants for public sector bodies to fund heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“Kilton Forest’s clubhouse was one of the worst carbon emitting systems in the Council’s assets and the completion of this project is a significant step forward in our ambition to reduce Carbon emissions across all of our buildings.

“This project is just the start of things to come and we are excited about a number of other schemes that we are working on that will help to reduce our own carbon emissions, in addition to enabling residents, businesses and visitors to reduce their own carbon footprint and contribute to tackling climate change globally.”

“We are committed to contributing to the UK’s ambition of being Net Zero by 2050 as well as improving the facilities on offer at Kilton Forest’s Clubhouse.”

The project, which began in July 2021, was secured through the PAGABO Medium Work Framework which allows Local Authorities access to the right contractors for a full range of works, enabling the project to commence quickly on site.

Tom Woodhead, Business Services Director at Robert Woodhead Limited said; “We can only rise to the challenges of the climate crisis by working together. I would like to commend Bassetlaw District Council for taking direct action to tackle the climate emergency and our team for delivering the scheme to such high quality standards.”

Kilton Forest Golf Course and the Clubhouse is operated by the Council’s leisure provider, Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL). Glyn Davis, Contracts Manager for BPL, added: “As the leisure operator we remain committed to working in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council to reduce our carbon footprint. The investment has brought some of the latest technology to Kilton Forest Golf Course and BPL are delighted to be able to offer our visitors a warm return to normal operations now that the works are complete.”