Hard work pays off! Peter Arnold, AMEC Funding and PR Manager, has been working behind the scenes speaking with The Levenseat Trust. This an independent, not-for-profit organisation which can provide funding for community, heritage and biodiversity projects around Scotland through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.
Peter has been talking to them about the exciting opportunities our project offers to the community at large to engage not only with model engineering, but to learn associated skills. ESME is already actively involved with educational and volunteer activities based around the development of AMEC and environmental aspects associated with managing and caring for our woodland for future generations to enjoy.
Mark Coupe, Chairman of ESME is delighted to announce that The Levenseat Trust have awarded funding of £21,800 towards the funding for the Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) which will power the heating system in the AMEC Heritage Centre. Mark: “We are extremely grateful to The Levenseat Trust to have the vision to support us in our efforts to create the best model engineering centre in the UK. These facilities will increase the opportunities to stimulate and develop all aspects of engineering (mechanical, electrical & civil) skills in people of all ages and background. The scope of the site is such that environmental responsibility and management skills, which are often overlooked, will be equally important to develop”.
The proposed heating system is a more environmentally friendly development as it only requires electricity to run the pump. The system extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. It can get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15° C. The heat they extract from the ground, air, or water is constantly being renewed naturally.
The heating system is an important part of the overall development as it provides the appropriate facilities to encourage people to come along and get involved. Being connected to mains services gives heat, light and proper toilet facilities allowing comfortable use all year round.
Last word from Peter “I am delighted that The Levenseat Trust have recognised what we are trying to achieve for future generations. It is never easy to put across a project of this type in the early stages when all you have is a sometimes muddy site, a group of enthusiastic volunteers and a set of plans. This is an opportunity to develop a hands-on facility that encourages people from across the spectrum to get involved and to see the results of their efforts rewarded by creating something from nothing”.