Blackpool Tower launches energy efficiency drive

Blackpool Tower is to undergo an energy evaluation survey
Blackpool Tower is to undergo an energy evaluation survey
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Blackpool Tower could become a shining beacon of energy efficiency after a major review by operating company Merlin.

The group has launched a major monitoring exercise on its Tower complex attractions to check on how much electricity and water it uses.

Merlin Entertainments has appointed Minimise Solutions to complete a three-month water and energy efficiency and compliance review.

As part of the trial, Minimise Solutions has installed a real-time monitoring system.

This has been linked to both water and electricity meters and is monitoring and collecting data from specific circuits, facilities and equipment.

The system will collect data from across the entire estate, which incorporates five attractions: The Tower, The Tower Eye with the associated SkyWalk, The Tower Ballroom, The Tower Circus and the Tower Dungeon. It also includes a 4D cinema and is home to a wide range of places to eat and shop.

Minimise will monitor existing lights, providing the information needed to inform the cost profile and identify potential savings that could be achieved by upgrading to energy efficient LEDs.

The best ways to save on boiler usage will be reviewed and washroom water and energy use will also come under scrutiny, with toilet flushing and hand dryer data captured in key areas.

Merlin believes reducing water and energy consumption in high use washroom areas represents a real opportunity for savings.

As a result, Minimise has installed a number of new water and energy efficient products across the site. These include an Energy Efficient Hand Dryer and three waterless urinals.

Data from these new systems is also being captured by the Minimise Monitoring System to provide Merlin Entertainments with comparative data at the end of the trial.

Once the trial is over, a full report analysing all data will be provided by EEVS Insight, a company which specialises in IPMVP (International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol) measurement and verification services.