Oldham Updates Civic Centre Boilers

43-year-old boilers to be replaced in Oldham’s Civic Centre

Oldham Civic Centre mosaic image by Jeremy Sutcliffe, 2007 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).
Dare to be energy wise: Oldham Council is set to replace the Civic Centre’s 43-year-old boilers. mosaic image by Jeremy Sutcliffe, 2007 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

With council budgets continuing to be squeezed, some local authorities in Greater Manchester have moved to cheaper, more energy efficient premises. Rochdale MBC have moved their council offices, whereas Tameside MBC’s new building is under construction on the site of its predecessor in Ashton-under-Lyne. Oldham Civic Centre, which opened in 1977, is seeing the replacement of its boilers.

At present, its gas powered boilers are housed in the Civic Centre’s basement with an exhaust pipe running along the tower block’s service tower. They have performed sterling service since the first part of the Civic Centre was built. Instead of having its boilers in the same position, Oldham Council’s newest system will be decentralised.

New boiler plant rooms will be located in the basement and ground floor internal car parks. This will see the installation of four gas 310-10 section Eco Pro models by Remeha in the Civic Centre. A fifth boiler will be installed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. This will be a Remeha 610-10 pro-condensing boiler.

Oldham Civic Centre was constructed in stages from the late-1960s to the late-1970s. The main part, its tower block and Rochdale Road entrance was completed in 1977. The Queen Elizabeth Hall, again opened in 1977, in time for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Below the tower block is a nuclear bunker which was the subject of a Manchester Evening News article.

According to John Schofield from Unity Partnership, “The new boiler plant not only looks good, but early analysis indicates that it is delivering between 20 to 25% savings in energy costs for Oldham Council.”

ST Maintenance Solutions, 12 June 2017.

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