East Pool Mine: New BMS and panel, including touchscreen Head End, to manage heating control
Client: Blue Flame Engineering
Building Type: National Trust Visitor Centre (in a Cornish Tin Mine)
Location: Pool, Cornwall
At the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site sits East Pool Mine. The former copper and tin mine closed in 1954 but has now taken on a new life showcasing Cornwall’s dramatic mining history under the stewardship of the National Trust. The Industrial Discovery Centre resides in several large, granite buildings dating back to the 1920s and the heating control system had become outdated, inefficient and no longer fit for purpose.
Cornwall-based heating engineering company Blue Flame asked us to propose a control system to manage the heating in the Discovery Centre
In order to keep the 100-year-old granite buildings warm, the heating ran non-stop and was costing an extraordinary amount of money to maintain. They needed a control system and new panel so that staff could manage the heating more efficiently.
The airy, granite buildings meant that there was a lot of space to heat, and the buildings themselves weren’t energy efficient.
The client needed a control system that would run the heating systems efficiently to keep costs down but that would also maintain comfort levels for staff and visitors. They also needed to be able to find and report any faults or alarms quickly and easily.
To help with this, Blue Flame had replaced most of the heating plant, including the boiler, with new equipment that could be could be controlled with a far greater level of accuracy and efficiency. This allowed us to create control programs and optimised heating routines that maximise the system efficiency as much as mechanically possible.
- New touchscreen graphical head end interface so that staff in the centre can easily manage the system.
- The heating plant operates in the most efficient manner, managed by time schedules set by the centre managers, so that the Discovery Centre stays a comfortable temperature for staff and visitors.
- Dealing with any heating issues is now far easier because the onsite team can make a quick assessment of any issues via the touchscreen interface.
- The monitoring system shows the conditions in different areas of the site, so any mechanical issues with the system can be flagged up, and reported quickly and easily.
Overall, the facility management team and Discovery Centre staff are very pleased with their new control system and the ease with which they can view the conditions in different areas of the site and flag and report mechanical issues with the system.