Green heating project at Anglo-Saxon site shortlisted for six national awards

23 Sep 2021

Lance Alexander, heritage operations manager at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, with Guy Ransom, commercial director of Finn Geotherm by the storyboard at West Stow which shows how the new heat pump system works.

A renewable heating project at the historic West Stow Anglo-Saxon site and visitor centre has been shortlisted for six national awards.

The ground source heat pump system, which has enabled West Stow to cut its carbon emissions by 70 per cent and created more welcoming facilities for visitors, has been installed by renewable heating experts Finn Geotherm.

West Stow is a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village which attracts visitors from schools, tourists and locals throughout the year. The new ground source heat pump replaces a poorly controlled, inefficient and expensive oil boiler and underfloor electric heating, to heat West Stow’s visitor centre, museum and café, as well as maintaining a steady temperature for its precious artefacts all year round.

Finn Geotherm’s installation at West Stow has just been announced for the sixth time as a finalist in a national award scheme. To date, it has been shortlisted in:

  • The Energy Awards - Public building energy project
  • BusinessGreen Leader Awards - Renewable Energy Project of the Year
  • National ACR & Heat Pump Awards – Non-domestic ground source project
  • RAC Cooling Awards - Building Energy Project of the Year
  • Heating & Ventilation News Awards – Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) project under £0.5m
  • Heating & Ventilating Review – HVAC Initiative of the year Category

Jill Korwin, strategic director at West Suffolk Council and Chair of Suffolk’s Climate Change, Environment and Energy Board, said: “West Suffolk Council is working to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 across all of its sites including the museum, visitor centre and café which serve the Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow. The site may be historic but working with Finn Geotherm, we have installed modern renewable heating in the form of a ground source heat pump. We are delighted with the huge impact it is having in terms of cutting carbon emissions and helping the environment and it is great to see this work recognised and shortlisted for six national awards.”

Guy Ransom, commercial director for Finn Geotherm, said: “We were delighted to complete this installation at West Stow, which has had such a big impact on cutting carbon emissions at the site and creating a more welcoming centre for visitors. We are over the moon this project is shortlisted in six separate award schemes, which is testament to West Suffolk Council’s commitment to cutting its carbon emissions and stepping away from fossil fuels, and also the hard work of the Finn Geotherm team to deliver the ideal sustainable solution.”

For more information on ground and air source heat pumps and details on Finn Geotherm, visit

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