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Brakes Are Off For Green Energy At Pollokshaws West Station


Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and South West Community Cycles are set to benefit from a funding boost to install a wood pellet stove boiler which will provide heating and hot water in the refurbished Pollokshaws West station building.

The Trust is being provided with £11,280 from the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust to undertake the work and install the new heating system as part of the redevelopment of the property.

South West Community Cycles has adopted the station building as part of the First Scotrail ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme and will operate a bicycle hire service from the premises when it is opened in autumn 2012. The building will be transformed to provide a community cycle repair and resource centre for the registered charity.

The organisation aims to deliver cycle training to young people and to provide free labour for children’s cycle repairs. The value of renewable energy will be visible to all who visit the facility as the stove will be in the bicycle display area and reception.

Alison McKean, Senior Environmental and Social Policy Manager at ScottishPower, said:

 “We are very pleased to help out such a worthwhile community project with their green energy needs and are sure that Glasgow Building Preservation Trust’s repair and refit of the building will be a great success.

“The sustainable energy element of this redevelopment was made possible through ScottishPower customers who contribute to our green tariff and goes to show what a big difference their small monthly contributions can make.”

Gill Stewart, senior project development officer at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, said: “We’d like to thank the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust for its support of our project and we are looking forward to the work on the Pollokshaws West station building going full steam ahead!

“By installing a wood pellet stove boiler we’re focussing on the sustainability and green credentials of the building whilst remaining true to its historic roots by re-using its existing hearth, chimney flue and solid fuel storage areas.”

Donna Foote from South West Community Cycles, said: “The building at Pollokshaws West Station is ideal for us to operate from and we are delighted that funding from the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust will help us to realise our vision for the property.

“Cycling is such a great activity for keeping kids and their parents healthy – and something they can do together as a family. We believe that cycling should be available and affordable for everyone in South West Glasgow and beyond and that’s what we are working towards.”

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Issued on behalf of ScottishPower by The BIG Partnership.

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Note to Editors

The ScottishPower Green Energy Trust was founded in 1998 as an independent charitable trust to support the development of new renewable energy sources in the UK – helping to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and combat climate change.

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust was established in 1982 to rescue, repair, restore and rehabilitate historic buildings of architectural merit which through neglect or abuse may otherwise be lost in Glasgow and the surrounding area. The Trust makes a major contribution to Glasgow's regeneration through the preservation of its built heritage.

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