Wollaton Hall leading the way for greener heritage buildings

Historic Wollaton Hall is set to save over £5,000 a year by switching to state-of-the-art LED lighting.

Better known for their commitment to preserving the past, the staff at the Hall have worked with the City Council’s energy team to utilise the latest lighting technology to save money on electricity and cut carbon emissions.

With 72 rooms and over 30 chandeliers, lighting makes up a huge part of Wollaton Hall’s energy bill.  Recent innovations in the LED lighting market have led to reduced prices and a wider choice for consumers.  Upgrading the lighting system seemed like a great way to make a big impact on the amount of energy consumed by the Hall.  As a listed building steeped in history the team were keen to work with a company that could provide specialist lighting which would be in keeping with the Hall’s traditional look.  Having worked with Integral LED on several lighting upgrades the energy team felt sure that they could take on this high profile work.

Operations Manager at Wollaton Hall. Mo Allahi, said: “At Wollaton Hall we are really conscious of the environmental impact that running a large building can have.  We were really pleased to work with Integral LED and the energy team at The Council to find a solution that was right for our unique building that could be delivered within a tight budget and ultimately would save money and lower carbon emissions.  As well as achieving this LED lights have a much longer life span and with over 350 upgraded light bulbs this improvement has saved many man hours.”

Councillor Alan Clark, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, said:

“Once again Nottingham City Council have proved that looking after the environment and saving money can be achieved together.  This overhaul of lighting at Wollaton Hall is part of a larger plan to cut emissions from council buildings by 31% and reduce our running costs.  Money saved will be ploughed back into our front line services.

Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture added: “We are very proud that Wollaton Hall has set an example for other heritage sites across the UK as to how they can become greener buildings whilst still maintaining the traditional atmosphere that visitors expect.”

After this successful pilot the council plan to roll out this energy saving measure to its other heritage sites including Newstead Abbey and the castle.

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