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Renewable Heat Roll-out across Dumfries House Estate

In 2007, HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, personally brokered a £45M deal to secure the 2,000 acre Dumfries House Estate. 


Dumfries House Dimplex Ground source heat pump

The jewel of the Estate is the Palladian mansion itself, completed in 1759, and its collection of Chippendale furniture. The idea was to create a sustainable business to help regenerate the local economy in East Ayrshire. 

Ecoliving, in conjunction with manufacturer, Dimplex, was invited to price for the installation of renewable energy systems in different buildings on the estate.

Over a period of two years, Ecoliving has installed renewable heating systems in a number of buildings, old and new, across the Estate. Some of these projects are illustrated here.   

The development of the Dumfries House Estate is inspiring with old buildings renovated to a very high standard and new buildings designed to create learning environments and improve employment opportunities.

Ecoliving’s approach of designing the most

 appropriate renewable heating solution for the building and its unique circumstances has meant that the Estate has the continuity of working with the same contractor and is confident of the design capability and quality of workmanship.   

Dumfries House has successfully applied to receive the non-domestic Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) which helps to fund the rolling programme of converting the fossil fuel based heating systems in the Estate’s properties to renewable heat, either heat pumps or biomass.

Dumfries House - The Walled Garden

Dumfries House Walled Garden

Inside the walled garden (right) showing the lower greenhouse and beyond the famous 350 year old sycamore tree. 

A log boiler was selected as the most appropriate heating system for the new greenhouses within The Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in July 2014.

The greenhouses need to be kept at minimum 10°C during the winter requiring a high temperature system. There is a plentiful supply of logs on the estate and labour. These were the factors that made the selection of an ETA 60kW log boiler the most appropriate option.  

Dumfries House - The Education Centre

The Pierburg Building has been renovated and houses the Education Centre where, among other activities, school classes come to learn about growing vegetables. Heating and hot water is delivered by a Dimplex SI18TU ground source heat pump with heat energy coming from boreholes drilled adjacent to the building.

Dumfries House Education Centre Education Centre Plaque

Dumfries House - Morrisons Farm

The Morrisons Farm is a joint venture between national supermarket retailer, Morrisons, and Dumfries House and is looking at ways to improve farming sustainability and profitability.

Dimplex Smartrad

Adjacent to the farm buildings is a new build farmhouse with heating and hot water delivered by a Dimplex LA8MI air source heat pump. 

The heating is distributed throughout the house via Dimplex Smartrads which are radiators with a fan convector designed to work with heat pumps.

Dumfries House - Visitors Centre

Dumfries House - Dimplex ASHP

“At Dumfries House we value the working relationship we have with Ecoliving because they can be relie

d on to take a renewables project from feasibility right through to commissioning, on time and on budget. Their team has a great range of experience in renewable technologies.” -Oliver Middlemiss, Dumfries House

The newly-built Visitor Centre at Dumfries House is heated with a Dimplex SIH9ME ground source heat pump which collects heat energy via an array of underground pipes buried 1m beneath the surface in the surrounding ground.

The heating is distributed inside the Visitor Centre via underfloor heating. 

Dumfries House - Outdoor Centre

The Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre offers a wonderful setting within the grounds of the Estate providing accommodation for participants on residential courses.

A Dimplex SI30TE ground source heat pump provides heating for the building while a separate Dimplex SIH20TE high temperature ground source heat pump delivers hot water. The heat pumps are installed side by side in the plant room and take their heat energy from an aquifer many meters below the site. 

This underground source of water (open loop) maintains a constant temperature year round and is pumped up through a heat exchanger and then returned to the aquifer.  

Dumfries House - Visitors CentreDumfries House - Outdoor Centre

Dumfries House - Outdoor Centre Front   Outdoor Centre - Dimplex Heat PumpsOutdoor Centre - Dimplex Heat Pumps 2

Dumfries HouseDumfries House - Training Centre

The Hospitality Training Centre and the Prince’s Drawing School are both heated with Dimplex ground source heat pumps harnessing heat from the ground.

Ecoliving is currently on site and has just completed installing a Dimplex A Class air source heat pump with underfloor heating for the engineering training workshop. We are nearing completion of a Dimplex air source heat pump with underfloor heating at the Drill Hall which will be used by numerous youth groups and will also have a climbing wall.


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