Guildhall energy efficiency plans get the go ahead

Plans drawn up by Place Partnership to make one of Worcester's historic buildings, the Guildhall, more energy efficient and deliver an annual saving of £12,000, have been given the go ahead.

The cross-party project, led by Labour councillor Lynn Denham, Conservative councillor Roger Knight and the Green Party councillor Louis Stephen was put in place to find ways of cutting energy usage at the Grade 1 Listed building in High Street.

In developing the plans, Place Partnership drew inspiration from energy-saving measures installed at historic landmarks including the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster.

The plans have been backed by Worcester City Council’s powerful policy and resources committee and £96,000 is to be invested in draught-proofing of windows, insulating of roof spaces, and more efficient LED lights and lighting sensors which only trigger when someone is in a room.

The Guildhall currently has a bill of £25,557 in electricity, and a gas bill of £12,132. Running the historic 18th Century building has a significant environmental impact, with 151 tonnes of CO2 emitted every year.

The council’s conservation officer, Paul Collins, also played a key role in ensuring the historic fabric and character of the much-loved public building is not spoiled.

Cllr Denham said: “The Guildhall is the jewel in Worcester’s architectural crown and it is fantastic that we have found ways to bring this beloved building into the modern age.

"This project is a great investment in the future of the building.

“These improvements will cut the Guildhall’s running costs, more than covering the upfront investment, and reduce its environmental footprint while ensuring its beauty and history is preserved for everyone to enjoy.”

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