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HOMES & INTERIORS

Heat from under your feet As we look for alternative ways to keep our homes and businesses warm with less cost to us and the environment, one local firm is urging landowners to consider going underground

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‘With the payback better than ever, this is the perfect time for f you’re looking for a new way to heat your property and have a chunk farmers to consider having a ground source heat pump system installed,’ says Richard Corbett, a partner with Roger Parry of land at your disposal – if you live on a farm, for & Partners. ‘The systems are an extremely energy efficient DID YOU KNOW? way to produce heat for the farm, and farmers can benefit example – you may want 50% of Sweden’s from lower energy bills of between 30 and 70 per cent. The to consider the installation heating demand of a ground-source heat system would require planning permission, but our expert is covered by team of rural surveyors are always on hand to assist.’ pump system. This heating heat pumps option is becoming more GSHP systems can generate up to four times the heat output for every unit of electricity input. This makes them an extremely and more popular across energy-efficient way to produce heat and cut energy costs. Some the country, and can even be GSHP schemes will give a return on their investment within four quite lucrative in the long term. years, while even a modest scheme will pay back within seven if it Roger Parry & Partners, a firm Richard Corbett is installed under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI) – a of estate and lettings agents, land project that can give businesses and landowners financial incentives agents, chartered surveyors and planning consultants with a to increase their use and reliance on renewable heat sources. wide range of land and property-related services and expertise, has offices in Shrewsbury, Minsterley, Oswestry, Welshpool, For more information on the benefits of GSHPS, call Powys and Carmarthenshire and is urging people across the Richard on 01691 655334 or email richard@rogerparrynet region to consider the benefits of installing a GSHP system.

Leighton Park Heritage Buildings development hits the halfway mark Ed Beedles and Alistair Price

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ork to transform a derelict hospital in Shrewsbury into luxury apartments and houses has reached the midway point. The team from Shropshire Homes is now working on the Central Hall, once the main entrance into the Victorian hospital and the centrepiece of the Bicton Heath development. ‘It’s great to have reached the halfway point in the transformation,’ says site manager Ed Beedles. Ed started work on the site almost four years ago, when he helped to create the first phase of three- and four-bedroom houses in the grounds of the former hospital. ‘When we were working on the new builds, it was daunting to think of starting work on the former hospital,’ he says. ‘There are always issues when working on old buildings, but thankfully there have only been design and structural issues – it has involved a lot of structural work.’ Leighton Park is one of Shrewsbury’s most popular developments, and it isn’t surprising when visitors take in the wooded parkland setting, bowling green and cricket pavilion. The luxury homes and apartments may be located just a few minutes’ drive from the centre

Heritage Buildings’ Central Hall

Before the renovation

of Shrewsbury, but they provide a breath of fresh air to those looking for an oasis of calm on the outskirts of the medieval market town. The grade II-listed building is being preserved, with features such as the large sash windows and high ceilings proving popular with buyers. ‘Preserving such features is vital when converting the building into luxury homes,’ says Ed. ‘It involves a lot of patience, skill and time. The final phase of the Heritage Buildings is the East Wing, which mirrors what we’ve already have done, so we expect to face the same problems and be prepared for them. ‘It’s great when you stand back and see how fabulous the new homes and apartments look. Each one is individual and filled with character, and some of the apartments we are creating have beautiful window seats and bedrooms on spectacular mezzanine floors. These homes certainly have the wow factor.’ Leighton Park’s Heritage Buildings offer one-, two-and threebedroom homes. Call sales adviser Karen on 01743 368766

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