Cotswold Energy Group’s £1.4million decarbonisation project transforms Gloucestershire police stations

Cotswold Energy Group (CEG), a division of South Coast Insulation Services (SCIS Group), a leading Trustmark-approved installer in the energy efficiency industry, has completed a substantial £1.4 million decarbonisation project in partnership with Gloucestershire Constabulary.

CEG worked alongside Gloucestershire Constabulary to secure funding through the Salix Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) to support decarbonisation efforts across multiple sites, including Stroud Police Station, Coleford Police Station, and the Tri-Services Centre.

The heart of the project focused on replacing outdated fossil fuel boilers with bespoke renewable systems, deploying air source heat pumps to maximise energy efficiency.

Jon Bonnar, Managing Director, CEG, comments: “Asbestos identification and removal were key challenges, requiring meticulous planning and execution to minimise disruption to building occupants and their critical operations. Throughout the projects’ eight-month undertaking, all three sites remained fully functional, a testament to comprehensive planning and robust stakeholder collaboration.”

CEG’s innovative approach mostly reused or repurposed existing infrastructure, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, cost-effectiveness and minimising excess waste materials.

A large solar array was seamlessly integrated into the Tri-Services Centre, alongside the strategic utilisation of one-pipe system infrastructure – granting better control over heating within the buildings.

The solar array itself is anticipated to generate savings of £23,500 per annum. The project across the three sites is expected to deliver annual carbon savings of 230 tonnes.

Mandy Gibbs, Environmental Manager at Gloucestershire Constabulary, says: “It was a pleasure to work with CEG. The bespoke design of the systems for each building very effectively met our needs, in particular in Stroud where an inefficient, outdated internal heating system has been replaced by one that provides comfortable and controllable conditions for the officers and staff.”

Bonnar ends: “The successful completion of this decarbonisation project showcases CEG’s commitment to energy efficiency, innovative solutions, and strong collaborations. The project contributes heavily to Gloucestershire’s environmental goals; delivering energy efficiency upgrades that are both carbon and cost-efficient.”