Case Studies

Salmon Bothy, Portsoy - Aberdeenshire

Digging deep gives Portsoy that warm feeling

Although the good folk of Portsoy were not about to get their own private oilwell to keep petrol prices down, they will be keeping fuel costs down at the recently refurbished Salmon Bothy, in one of the country's first projects of its kind in an historic building. On behalf of David Urquhart Builders of Portsoy, Paragon Systems were contracted to supply and fit a 15kw ground source heat pump, associated boreholes and a partial underfloor heating system during this refurbishment project.

A 150-metre-deep shaft next to the bothy has tapped in to natural heat from deep underground to warm the building. The refurbished bothy will have a zero-carbon footprint and the heating system will make the building extremely economical to run in the long term. The hot water will heat an underfloor heating system and a radiator in the building, as well as heating water.

Project manager James Crombie explained: "We are future-proofing the building, but we will not be detracting from its historical importance."

The renovation of the bothy will provide a major new public facility for the town, for locals and visitors alike. The only visible sign of the scheme will be a small new structure outside the bothy containing the heat exchanger. The funds for the refurbishment of the Salmon Bothy, which is a listed building, came from both the lottery a long spell of fund raising by the local community. It was officially opened by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.


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