Centre celebrates fruits of its efforts to save energy

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre electrician Peter Rudd and centre manager Mark Rycraft with the Green Apple award.
Middleton Grange Shopping Centre electrician Peter Rudd and centre manager Mark Rycraft with the Green Apple award.

Hartlepool’s shopping centre is enjoying a taste of success after it was rewarded for its environmental efforts.

Middleton Grange won a silver for Environmental Best Practice 2017 at the Green Apple Awards.

Without the full support from our team and retailers we would never have accomplished our target and to be recognised for this with a Green Apple award is a great achievement for us.

Mark Rycraft

The award recognises innovation in its commitment to reducing its electricity consumption.

Through an efficiency system - which provides regular electricity consumption by the hour - staff were able to work out when equipment was being used unnecessarily so they could make an energy saving.

Detectors were also installed for use at night so lights automatically turn on then off as security patrols pass.

The centre’s general manager Mark Rycraft said: “This has been a real team effort of rigorous planning and we have all worked very hard to improve our environmental impact. 
“The systems we now have in place are working incredibly well delivering effective solutions in reducing the centre’s energy consumption and we are delighted to be recognised for this.”

The centre has also installed LED lighting and has the largest solar panels array in Hartlepool on its roof, providing a large amount of its power and enough for 60 homes via the gird.

Mark added: “Without the full support from our team and retailers we would never have accomplished our target and to be recognised for this with a Green Apple award is a great achievement for us.”