Viking site to get heat pump upgrade

Inside of a Medieval church.
Govan Old Church is home to the Govan Stones (Image: SP Energy)

An archaeological site in Glasgow has received a £150,000 grant to install a river source heat pump to heat a historic church.

Govan Old Church, a Grade A-listed building that is home to the Viking-age Govan Stones, will be heated using energy from the River Clyde.

SP Energy Networks, the energy provider that awarded the grant through its net-zero fund, said the upgrade will result in reducing the church’s carbon emissions by over 90% and saving 20% in energy bills.

Govan Old Church is currently being transformed into a museum to showcase the site’s heritage. When complete, it expects to welcome more than 14,000 visitors a year.

The site is home to the Govan Stones, a collection of early medieval carved stones dating back to the Viking era. Many archaeologists consider it one of the most important historic sites in Glasgow.

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