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Funding boost for Crawley’s Manor Royal heat network

A project to supply low cost, environmentally sustainable heat energy to companies across the Manor Royal Business District has received a major funding boost.

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The Government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) has awarded £103,600 to carry out initial feasibility work on a proposed heat network and cover project management costs.

The initial work, which is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, will focus on demonstrating whether the project is viable from a technical and financial perspective and ensuring that there is a sufficient, permanent demand for the heat across the business district.

Building a heat network is an efficient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable way of supplying energy across a wide area to heat buildings or water. The heat will be supplied from a central source to businesses that need it via a network of insulated pipes.

The heat source can be a dedicated supply to the heat network, such as a modern, efficient combined heat and power unit, or heat recovered from industry or the environment around the business district. The heat network will help businesses to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions. 

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We want to put Manor Royal on the map as one of the greenest places to do business in the south east. We are delighted with this funding announcement because it will enable us to understand the opportunity for generating and sharing heat across the business district and, if the feasibility work goes well, build a really robust business case to deliver the project.”

The proposed heat network is part of the wider Re-Energise project to increase the amount of sustainable energy generated, shared and used by businesses across the district. This is a joint initiative between West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council and the Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID).

Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of the Manor Royal BID said:

“Operating a sustainable business is not just an environmental imperative, it’s an economic one. Through the Re-Energise project we have shown the potential for Manor Royal to achieve a rewarding low-carbon future. This new funding will help us explore new opportunities for sustainable growth.”

The Re-Energise project will lead to an increase in renewable energy generation and energy storage at Manor Royal and establishment of a local energy trading co-operative to enable companies to cost-effectively trade the energy they generate with neighbouring businesses.

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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