H&F marks first retrofit with new heat pump

New heat pumps have been switched on at Hammersmith’s Macbeth Centre.

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Macbeth Centre staff pictured from left to right - Lincoln Nash (Premises Assistant), Eamon Scanlon (Head of Adult Learning), Geraldine Johnston (Service Reception Manager) and Beryl Lester (Head of Operations and Support Services)

New heat pumps have been switched on at Hammersmith’s Macbeth Centre, home to the council’s Adult Learning service.

Fuelled by a whopping £466K investment through H&F Council, old and unreliable gas boilers at the centre’s annex have given way to state-of-the-art air source heat pumps.

To further cut the council building’s energy usage and carbon emissions, the upgrades introduced new LED lights, improved loft insulation and heating infrastructure.

“This is the first of many council buildings to be decarbonised as part of our retrofit journey,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Ecology.

“Moving away from fossil fuels as means to heat and power our homes and buildings is an important step on our road to reaching H&F’s ambitious target of net carbon zero by 2030.”

Heat pump action

Heat pumps offer a more sustainable alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems, making them an increasingly popular choice for homeowners and businesses looking to reduce their environmental impact.

By using heat from the air, water or ground, heat pumps reduce the need for non-renewable resources, like oil and natural gas, and air-polluting gas boilers.

As well as tackling climate change, heat pumps can help make our buildings more pleasant to live, work and spend time in.

The investment has helped H&F kickstart a series of decarbonisation projects aimed at making council buildings’ heating systems more energy efficient and less damaging to the environment.

Along with the Macbeth Centre, this includes Brook Green Nursery, Blythe Road, and Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham centre in Greyhound Road, W6, with more schools, libraries and community hubs across the borough due to follow.

  • View the full list of sites

    •    Brackenbury Primary School, W6
    •    Melcombe Primary School, W6
    •    Normand Croft Community School, W14
    •    Ravenscourt Maintenance Depot, W6
    •    Kenmont Primary School, NW10
    •    Options day service centre for adults with learning difficulties, W12
    •    Ellerslie Road Day Centre, W12
    •    Askham Contact Centre, W6
    •    Shepherds Bush Library, W12
    •    H&F Council, 141-155 King Street, W6
    •    Askew Road Library, W12
    •    H&F Bagley's Lane Depot, SW6
    •    Fulham Public Mortuary, SW6
    •    Linford Christie Stadium, W12
    •    Hammersmith Fitness and Squash Centre, W6
    •    Lillie Road Fitness Centre, SW6
    •    Phoenix Fitness Centre and Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool, W12
    •    Children's Rights Service, W12
    •    Clem Attlee Community Centre, SW6

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Hot water cylinders at the Macbeth Centre annex


Energy used in buildings contributes to more than half of our borough’s carbon emissions.

“Retrofitting” our buildings – or upgrading them to the highest levels of energy efficiency and replacing old gas boilers – can benefit the local economy and residents alike, by creating green jobs, cleaning our local air and tackling the climate and ecological emergency.

Visit our cross-borough energy masterplan webpage to learn what we’re doing to identify sources of low carbon heat through new and existing heat networks.

Or share your views on H&F’s new planning guides to help ensure new homes and developments are more friendly to the environment.

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