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Owen Bush, Marie Frederick, Paul Gough

Arts University Bournemouth celebrates milestone in decarbonisation project

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On Thursday 23 May, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) celebrated an important milestone in its decarbonisation project after the delivery and installation of Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) and Water Source Heat Pumps (WSHPs) on campus.

The installation is a crucial part of AUB’s plan to lower fossil fuel use on the campus and provide a clean and efficient heat energy supply by heating water using renewable energy.

AUB appointed contractor Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver the project. Throughout the planning process they collaborated closely with AUB, a suite of multidisciplinary design consultants and M&E contractor Accolade Building Care, to ensure seamless execution. Representatives from both AUB and Morgan Sindall held a ceremony to celebrate this crucial milestone in the University’s ambitious Sustainability and Net Zero (SNZ) programme.

L-R James Jackson Steve Harvey Owen Bush Paul Gough Marie Frederick Cliff Kinch Tom Marshall


Morgan Sindall’s installation of the ASHPs and WSHPs will achieve a significant step towards decarbonising AUB by reducing the equivalent of gas emissions by approximately 115 tonnes of CO2 per year. Any electricity used on site will be Renewable Energy Guaranteed of Origin, and therefore carbon neutral, further reducing the campus’ environmental impact.

At the heart of this transformative sustainability project lies the replacement of gas boilers serving the North Building and the Library, alongside future-proofing measures for the new North Lights Studio.

AUB’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Gough, commented,

It is a fantastic milestone achieved to see the North Building Decarbonisation Project commence on site and seeing AUB move a step closer to achieving its aim of becoming Net Zero by 2030, thus removing our reliance on fossil fuels as part of our commitment to sustainability.”

Cliff Kinch, Morgan Sindall Construction's Area Director in the South, added,

Arts University Bournemouth's commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2030 aligns perfectly with Morgan Sindall’s Responsible Business Plan and dedication to sustainable construction practices. It’s exciting to see the installation of two Air Source Heat Pumps at the site and get underway with what will undeniably be a transformative project for the higher education sector.
We hope that our delivery of pioneering sustainable solutions will not only benefit AUB, but also inspire other institutions to embrace environmentally responsible practices. Morgan Sindall is proud to contribute to wider net zero goals within the sector, futureproof our universities, and create more sustainable cities and communities.”

The project, which is due for completion by this autumn, has been supported by £769,043 in funding from Salix, a government funding scheme that aims to help public sector organisations reduce their carbon emissions in line with the UK’s 2050 net zero target.


For more information, please contact Farhana Khan [email protected] / 07727 560606