The Bank, Neilston
The Neilston Development Trust purchased the former Clydesdale bank in 2006 to provide a centre with a café, office, meeting and activity space for the community of Neilston, East Renfrewshire. This was part of their long term vision and plan for the town, set out in the Town Charter that captures the views and aspirations of the community.
In 2010/11, the Trust undertook a major refurbishment of the building to make it more fit for purpose, greener and more affordable to run. They used the BREEAM excellence rating to set the standard for a sustainable refurbishment. The work included installing high levels of insulation in the floors walls, and roof and included low energy lighting and double glazing.
They wanted to replace their old gas boiler with renewable energy technology to heat the building, so that the building could be a show case for an environmentally friendly refurbishment from which the Neilston community and others further afield could learn from. After appraising the various options, using a CARES funded feasibility study, the Trust chose solar thermal panels to provide some water heating and a wood pellet boiler with underfloor heating and radiators throughout the building.