AWGroup Brings it Home

The heart of the business, AWGroup’s head office has long been at the centre of the Leighton Buzzard community.  The building is a shared facility, built in the early 2000s.  As with many commercial buildings of this age, dependent on technology that is over 20 years old, the business has borne considerable heating and hot water costs over the years.  With energy prices rising at an unprecedented rate and winter fast approaching, the time had come to take advantage of a rare few weeks of quiet for the drilling rigs and embrace the same Ground Source heating technology that is offered to AWGroup’s clients across the country.

At the end of a busy summer, AWSynergy Boreholes’ newly acquired Comacchio 909GT, the ‘king of drilling rigs’ was brought to Vimy Court from AWGroup’s extensive equipment yard in Waddesdon.  Capable of drilling to depths of up to 300m, these incredible rigs made fast work of this project.

AWSynergy Boreholes is one of only a handful of operators to use the Comacchio MC909GT, which are the fastest in the market, with a borehole completion work rate of almost double those of conventional rigs. The compact dimensions of these rigs also allow for their use on smaller parcels of land, such as the working car park outside Vimy Court, and in urban environments.

By the end of September, five boreholes had been drilled to depths of 200m, lined, grouted, and commissioned, ready for connecting to Ground Source Heat Pumps and smart energy meters, to bring truly renewable heat to the AWGroup head office for the first time.

Office retrofits such as this are leading the way as the nation moves towards becoming net zero carbon by 2050.  As businesses seek to reduce their rapidly rising energy bills and turn increasingly to a green alternative to fossil fuels, GSHPs are offering a solution that can do both.

AWGroup Chief Executive, Bob Williams says ‘I am delighted with the borehole array at Vimy Court.  It is quiet, unobtrusive, and just goes to show what can be done in a small space.  At AWGroup, we walk our talk and this is another example of us demonstrating that we truly believe in what we do, for the betterment of our people, our community, and the environment.’