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Building Maintenance, Refurbishment & Grounds


Compact wood pellet burner heats large premises economically


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Ride-on mower helps Filton College maintain prestigious sports ground


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ilton College has purchased a Jacobsen AR3 three unit ride-on mower from local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer TH White. The AR3 is being used to maintain the new stadium pitch at the college’s WISE Campus (West of England Institute of Specialised Education) under the direction of head of grounds and gardens Nigel Hornsby. In 2010 the Stoke Gifford stadium which is home to Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club (BAWFC) underwent a £500k investment to develop it into the only dedicated women’s football stadium in the country to meet the Football Association’s Women’s Super League (WSL) grounds grading standards.


The grounds maintenance at the college was previously contracted out until Nigel Hornsby was appointed in September 2009. Responsible for two sites he is supported by apprentices Rob Lloyd and Sofia Sousa who are studying for NVQ Sports Turf and Amenity Horticulture. “When I came here I had no staff or equipment and playing surfaces that required significant improvement and investment,” explains Hornsby. “There was also the major project of building a stadium that met the Football Association’s requirements for the Women’s Super League competition. Fortunately, I had the complete support of the principal Kevin Hamblin whose goal is to have the best sports college in the country and resources were readily provided, culminating in the superb facility we have here today.


“The Jacobsen AR3 mower has certainly contributed to this; it’s a really comfortable machine, leaves an excellent finish which is very important as the Women’s Super League is televised on ESPN so presentation and visual appeal has to be the best. I’ve also been impressed by the support I’ve received from my local dealer; it’s up there with the best.”


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he high output BioWIN Excel wood pellet boiler from Windhager UK is the perfect solution for heating large properties.


Extensively tried and tested, the technology has been adapted for high performance, focusing on maximum


operational safety, fuel efficiency and economic operation. The BioWIN uses a fully automatic pellet feed suction system not used on any other boiler system. Utilising up to eight extraction points within the bulk pellet hopper, it is very reliable and space saving as pellet storage rooms


incorporating inclined surfaces are not required.


With an installation footprint of just 1.12m2, the BioWIN Excel incorporates fully automated cleaning functions, ash removal, intermediate pellet hopper and a large ash box.


The BioWIN Excel has several features to reduce system maintenance and increase levels of comfort and efficiency. The large ash box integrated into the unit holds ash from up to 8 tonnes of pellets, extending the intervals between emptying to one to three times per heating season. Long cleaning intervals can be attributed to the fully automatic heating surface cleaning as the ash generated is automatically conveyed to the ash box via two augers.


Available in outputs of 35kW, 45kW and 60kW, it is available in a cascade version up to 180kW. The BioWIN Excel is also available as a pre- packaged plant room for a total turnkey solution for an energy efficient renewable heating solution.


The BioWIN can be combined with other heating components such as wood or solar thermal, hot water tanks, buffer solutions and control systems.


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November 2011


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