Camphill Blair Drummond is a warm, friendly and supportive community for adults with learning disabilities to live, learn, work and relax. A unique community for adults with severe learning disabilities situated in central Scotland. Situated amidst rolling hills and breathtaking scenery on the outskirts of Stirling, it provides residential and day care activities for those with complex learning needs.   Ideally located within Central Scotland, residents and day care students come from Glasgow, Edinburgh and further afield.


Divided into family units, home for many of the residents is in the very beautiful Blair Drummond House – a 19th century baronial mansion. This majestic home has been carefully adapted to provide family-sized accommodation with kitchens, social areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. Surrounding the main house there are also a number of other state of the art, purpose built buildings for residential use and activities such as arts and craft.


Nova Power (NP) were engaged on behalf of Camphill Blair Drummond Trust Ltd to undertake a feasibility study to investigate the options available to renew and to upgrade the heat provision to the buildings on-site. The point of which was to reduce energy bills, reduce carbon emissions, improve heat delivery and be as self-sufficient as possible in the future.


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NP assessed the current infrastructure in place, and combined this with the anticipated occupancy and heat requirements for the future to establish a range of solutions available to the client. With the boiler plant at varying stages of life-cycle and buildings of very different ages it was vital to look at the campus both holistically and in its individual constituent parts. This was combined with a full explanation of the funding available from the government to help support renewable technologies, namely the RHI. The result was a solution which ticked all boxes for the client leaving them well informed to take the project to the next stage.


Given the nature of the buildings involved being of varying ages, various technologies have been and are being implemented on-site including biomass boilers, ground source heating and LPG boilers. NP have been available to Camphill Blair Drummond Trust throughout the process to give advice on various aspects of the process from servicing and maintenance to ensuring successful accreditation through Ofgem for RHI payments.


It has been a rewarding journey with Camphill Blair Drummond, which is a very special place providing incredible support to vulnerable individuals, and Nova Power is proud to have played a part in trying to future-proof the campus for years to come.

Date: November 2015

Author: Charlie Drysdale