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16 July 2014
Martin Dixon Delivers School's Green Dream

THE expertise of Martin Dixon Ltd has transformed a local primary school into one of the most energy efficient in the country.

South Cave CE Primary School has taken huge steps towards becoming a truly ‘Green School’ with the installation of renewable energy systems to provide heat, electricity and light throughout the entire school.

It has seen Martin Dixon Ltd turn retiring head-teacher John Killeen’s green dream into a reality, installing a wood pellet-burning biomass boiler to provide heat, and 60 solar panels on the roof to turn the sun’s rays into electricity, powering super energy-efficient LED lights across the site.

Frank Saunders, business development manager at Martin Dixon Ltd, says it has been a truly rewarding project for the firm, reducing the school’s carbon footprint by 170 tonnes of Co2 emissions a year in total, and generating substantial savings and income for the next two decades.

“It has been fantastic working with South Cave Primary School on this project, and it is great to see a local school leading the way in becoming truly energy efficient,” said Mr Saunders.

“In many ways it was brave decision by the school to go for all three renewable systems, and they have led the way in committing to using green energy.

“We find some people are worried about the process of applying for funding and seeing it through to completion, but we have the ensured we have supported them and reassured them in every step of the way. The benefits they will now reap over the next 20 years from their foresight are huge.”

With a borrowing of £250,000 and financial support from the local council, the school will generate well in excess of more than four times that in savings and income from Government incentives over the next two decades.

“We have been delighted with what Martin Dixon Ltd has done for us, it will have long-standing educational and financial benefits for the school,” said Allan Whitehead, School Site Manager

“Educationally, as renewable energy is only really at its very early stages, we will be at the forefront of this way of sourcing power, and that is tremendous for our pupils, as they will grow up learning about it first-hand and really understanding the needs and benefits of what we have done.

“Financially, the savings and extra income, for a school of our size, are phenomenal.

“It was a big challenge for us. Funding took quite a long time to sort out, and we faced challenges being a state-maintained school, but we have done it now and we’d be more than happy to help others take this step and advise them. It is certainly worth doing.

“Martin Dixon Ltd have been brilliant. They stood out ahead of all other firms we looked at across the country as they could offer us the complete package. It was great to use an established local company with the expertise to deliver this for us, and throughout their time on site they have been superb.”

Going forward, the school plans to further improve its energy performance rating and achieve the status of a true Green School. It is now seeking funding support to replace old wooden doors and windows to ensure its new energy systems are used to maximum benefit.

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Client Testimonials

Allan Whitehead, site manager, South Cave CE Primary School

Martin Dixon Ltd were brilliant. They stood out ahead of all other firms we looked at across the country as they could offer us the complete package. It was great to use an established local company with the expertise to deliver this for us, and throughout their time on site they were superb. Financially, the savings and extra income will allow us to run the school for a year at no cost to us.

Janet Huscroft, Headteacher, Hook CE Primary School

I was introduced to the work of Martin Dixon at an awareness raising meeting organised by the local NAHT Association. They installed solar panels and LED lighting throughout the school. The work was promptly carried out during the summer break of 2015, we are delighted with the results. I would have no hesitation in recommending Martin Dixon as a company to fulfil what they promise.

Alison Risebury, School Business Manager, Swinefleet Primary School

After just having had our LED lights fitted in school this week, I just wanted to get in touch to say thankyou to Martin Dixon for the work you did. All lights are now changed making a massive difference to the lighting within our school and hopefully to our electrical costs! Many thanks for the level of service that you have given us.

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