The Montessori Place,



Annan Court in Uckfield is undergoing a gradual refurbishment by The Montessori Place , a school which takes a holistic approach to education that includes engagement with nature and sustainability.

The site is set in beautiful protected woodland near farmland and is believed to have the largest walled garden in Sussex. The buildings on this site were built in the late 19th century. They currently burn oil and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for heating. They are poorly insulated buildings that have old, inefficient lighting.

Working Together

BHESCo is working with The Montessori Place on a building-to-building basis, funding improvements as the buildings are refurbished.

The first phase of improvements are targeting the old LPG heating system of one of the buildings, installing efficient under-floor heating to heat classrooms more efficiently, and removing the use of fossil fuels completely by installing an air-source heat pump.

The school will use a lot of electricity so we’re putting solar panels on the roof straight away to ensure that some of the work can be powered by renewable energy.

The Technology

27kW photovoltaic solar array.
With individual panel monitoring to ensure the best output of electricity.

Daikin air-source heat pump.
Heat pumps are amazingly efficient, for every unit of electricity this heater uses, it will produce around three units of heat for the classrooms.

LED lighting.
LEDs use less energy than filament or fluorescent lighting because they emit less heat.

Under-floor heating.
Unlike radiators that produce heat around the outside of the rooms, under-floor heating uses energy to heat the space near the floor that’s used by the children.

Our Relationship

BHESCo will own these systems for fifteen years during which time we’ll maintain the equipment and ensure that we’re generating the maximum savings for The Montessori Place.

“I think the subliminal daily message of having the lights powered by the sun is the most powerful teacher we have in preparing our children for a future where they consider the wellbeing of the planet as being synchronous with their own”

Mr P Pillai, Teacher