Switched on to success

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THREE switched on Hartlepool businesses have provided a perfect solution to light up one of the town’s schools.

Catcote Academy overhauled its lighting and electrical schemes to brighten up classrooms and corridors.

The Academy kept it local by sourcing three firms from the town to provide the equipment, the technical know-how and to manage all of the waste produced during the work.

C & A Pumps and Engineering installed all of the new electrical and lighting equipment while the energy efficient sensor controls were provided by Durable Technologies. Both businesses are based at Hartlepool’s Queen’s Meadow Business Park.

All of the waste from the installation - such as timber frames, cardboard packaging and electrical cabling - was collected and processed by J & B Recycling to ensure none ended up in landfill sites.

Alan Roberts, owner of C&A Pumps and Engineering, said: “This is a great example of three innovative Hartlepool companies working together to do their best for a client.

“The town is full of hard-working, dedicated businesses which when they work together, can compete with anyone around.”

Catcote Academy is a specialist business and enterprise college for more than 100 learners with moderate, severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties.

The energy efficient sensor lighting scheme is expected to cut lighting bills by up to a half by ensuring lights only come on when somebody is present.

Catcote Academy premises manager Mick Slimmings said: “We are very much geared towards the green way of doing things whether that is reducing our energy consumption, recycling waste or sourcing quality local suppliers.

“C & A Pumps, J & B Recycling and Durable Technologies are three Hartlepool companies with fantastic reputations and we were delighted to work with them to complete the new lighting project.”

Vikki Jackson-Smith, managing director of J & B Recycling - the Hartlepool Business of the Year this year - added: “It’s great to be working with other Hartlepool firms on a project that will benefit young people in the town.”

She said the project showed how working in partnership “not only delivers quality but sustainable, environmental benefits too.”