Hindleap Warren Outdoor Education Centre

Wych Cross, East Sussex

Commission: Douch Biomass designed and installed the complete biomass system, including semi-buried boiler house and silo. A 400kW biomass boiler with 6000 litre accumulator tank heats the main office building and education centre, accommodation block and swimming pool. The whole project was undertaken by Douch Biomass including, planning application, specification and system design, building construction, laying of heat main, and RHI application support.

Boiler Type: HDG M400 biomass boiler

Fuel Type: Wood chip

Fuel Storage: Semi-buried boiler house and fuel silo sympathetically hidden from view in natural surroundings. A delivery ramp allows wood chip deliveries to be tipped directly into the fuel store from above.

CO2 emission reduction: 3,400 Tonnes over 20 years

Case History: Set in 300 acres of woodland on the Ashdown Forest, Hindleap Warren Outdoor Education Centre provides residential and day courses to over 9,000 young people every year. Through a combination of outdoor activities young people are able to gain new skills and confidence.

Date Completed: September 2015

  • Hindleap Warren is an Outdoor Education Centre set in 300 acres of the Ashdown Forest. We needed to replace our ageing oil boilers and decided to investigate woodchip biomass as an alternative. Using woodchip would enable us to self supply a small proportion of the fuel required from our own under managed woodland. As a charity we have a long tendering process so that Trustees can be assured that the charity‚Äôs limited funds are being well used. At each step of the way, Douch Biomass were able to answer all our questions and design a system that was suited to our particular needs. We choose them because they gave us confidence and our faith has not been misplaced. They were able to build the system and integrate it into our existing systems and cope with all the issues that cropped up. Thank you Nick and your team.

    Peter Dennett, Deputy Head of Centre - Hindleap Warren Outdoor Education Centre

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