T.B. Mackay Energy Services Limited are very proud to have been involved in helping BBC Children in Need as part of a BBC One special programme: “DIY SOS: The Big Build”. The programme features the renovation of a centre for children with additional needs in Edinburgh. The Yard helps children and young people from ages 3 to 25. It is an indoor and outdoor space that welcomes the whole family. This year the centre celebrates 25 years of helping families deal with the demands of daily life, giving the young people a space to develop their confidence and encouraging them to make lasting friendships.
The Yard receives a grant towards its costs from BBC Children in Need. But, the building and its outdoor space were in desperate need of a total overhaul. T.B. Mackay Energy Services donated specialist trades to BBC Children in Need, supplying heating engineers, electricians and plumbers during the build.
T.B. Mackay’s remit was to upgrade and improve the inefficient heating system and oversee the alteration and testing of the electrical installation. The heating upgrade included the installation of energy efficient condensing boilers feeding a combination of panel radiators and fan convectors to effectively heat the main internal spaces and offices. Also installed was a solar panel to the roof of the building to meet the centres hot water requirements. Our aim in installing a renewable energy system, that is designed to reuse natural energy without the need to burn carbon fuels, was to provide an efficient and sustainable energy solution not only benefiting the environment but also reducing heating operating costs for The Yard. The solar panel and efficient condensing boilers were kindly donated by T.B. Mackay’s preferred manufacturers Worcester Bosch.
The build took ten days from the end of September to the beginning of October. In all, over three hundred people helped transform both the building and outdoor play area. Though the days were long and the work demanding the experience of taking part was incredible. Sean Doherty, T.B. Mackay’s Service Director described it as “a privilege to help such a deserving cause that brought together the trades and local community. To be part of the life changing transformation of The Yard in Edinburgh, donating our trade expertise to the BBC’s charity Children in Need, was an honour. The Yard celebrates its 25th birthday this year; this refurbishment is a wonderful present, benefiting the community, children and young people with additional support needs and their families”.
DIY SOS: The Big Build Children in Need Special was shown on BBC One on Wednesday the 14th November 2012.