The Unity Centre is taking over the former Turkish baths in Lewes to create a community centre of wellbeing. There will be a float pool, 2 large studios for yoga and dance therapy, a community arts room, a gallery, a sauna, 2 treatment rooms and a café.
The Unity Centre is working with BHESCo to optimise the balance between funding available through grants, donations and community finance with the environmental impact of their energy provision. BHESCo will apply its expertise and professional network to ensure that this is achieved.
The Property As it Is Now
The building is currently just a shell, with insulation soon to be provided by Lewes District Council. There is currently no heating or lighting system in the building.
Because of the heritage status of the building, we would not look to install solar panels on the roof at this early stage in the centre’s development. This may be something that could be considered by The Unity Centre over time as the cost implications of occupying the building become more apparent.
A heating survey was conducted by A Greener Alternative, based on a heating requirement in the building to 22°C. Should the Centre require a temperature up to 30°C for hot yoga in any of the studios, this system is designed to enable varying temperatures to be set remotely according to heat zone.
An underfloor heating network is to be laid on the concrete floor on top of a waterproof membrane covered by 100mm Celotex insulation.
BHESCo have made recommendations based on the needs of the Unity
Centre which are intended to minimise the use of fossil fuels in the
property while maximising the benefit of energy efficient heating
Low Carbon Technologies
Air Source Heat Pump
FUNDING TARGET – £27,009
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We will enter into a 10 year agreement with The Unity Centre for the provision of heating and hot water in the building. The agreement includes maintenance of the system including replacement of parts over the term free of charge.
Once the loan agreement has been paid in full after 10 years the ownership of the heating system, all associated equipment, and the remaining 10 years of the 20-year Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) gets transferred to The Unity Centre.
This has an estimated value of £14,718.
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