The Battery Street Hostel for Signpost Housing is a 46-bed homeless hostel situated in the Stonehouse area of Plymouth, built to provide housing for some of the city’s most vulnerable people.
Completed in July 2011 and located just off Union Street, the building replaced the Ship Hostel, which didn’t meet modern standards. The Scheme was commissioned by Plymouth City Council and was supported by more than £3.5m in investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Technology such as CCTV, security and panic alarms, cat 6 cabling, underfloor heating and local cooling units were fitted along with Grant Solar Thermal and Grant Photovoltaic (PV) systems, to help reduce the building’s carbon footprint and energy consumption.
Electrical Contracting Services (SW) Ltd, an MCS registered mechanical and electrical contractor based in Plymouth, were tasked with the installation. The renewable systems comprised 16 x Sahara collectors with 2 x 750ltr Grant DuoWave cylinders for water heating, and 22 x Grant Solar PV modules totaling 3.96kW for electricity generation. Both systems used the same Grant flat-roof mounting brackets, making specification and installation straightforward.
As both the products and installer are MCS approved, the Hostel is also able to claim the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme for the power generation and take advantage of the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs for Solar Thermal. These incentives will result in a reduction of capital payback time for the equipment, whilst guaranteeing a future income.