Net Zero Fund to support river source heat pump for Govan museum

A group dedicated to preserving and promoting a collection of early medieval sculptures has been awarded a grant of £150,000 by SP Energy Networks’ Net Zero Fund to upgrade its site in Govan.
Govan Heritage Trust is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of Govan Old Church – a Grade A listed building on the banks of the River Clyde – and will use the funding to install a new river source heat pump, resulting in a 93% reduction in carbon emissions and a 20% saving in energy costs.
The stones were first discovered in the churchyard in 1855, however several were accidentally destroyed in the 1980s when they were mistaken for debris during the demolition of a neighbouring shipyard. Since then, a community effort has been placed on maintaining and restoring the site. The church, now in community ownership, is being transformed into a museum. The renovations will also offer a meeting space for local organisations and charities such.
Speaking on the support, Pat Cassidy, a Trustee of Govan Heritage Trust said: “The Govan Stones are one of Scotland’s most remarkable historic artifacts, and the church itself has become a landmark in the local community.
“This funding will allow us to make much-needed improvements to our current infrastructure. Not only will we be able to lower our emissions, but we’ll also benefit from a significant saving on our energy bills and be able to focus on the renovations and provide an affordable meeting space for local groups, charities, and organisations to use.”

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