Apprentices learn sustainability on Wolseley tour


08 August 2017
The J S Wright tour party and their hosts outside the Wolseley Sustainable Building Center in Leamington: from left to right, Wolseley UK Key Account Manager Tony Harrison, J S Wright Quality Engineer Ben Wright, Apprentices Liam Walsh, Tom Yates, James Flynn and Bradley Hill, Wolseley UK Head of Sustainability Tim Pollard, Apprentices Zain Qasim, Tom Owen, Reece Parr and Peter Harris, J S Wright Associate Director and Academy Leader Paul Millington, and Apprentices Dan Buckley, Cameron Griffin and Ashley Buckle
​Building services provider J S Wright teamed up with Wolseley UK to guide tomorrow’s engineers towards delivering a sustainable future.

Eleven technical apprentices from the mechanical and electrical design and build specialist, which is based in Birmingham and has offices in Bristol and London, were given an exclusive tour of Wolseley's Sustainable Building Center in Leamington.
​All members of the J S Wright Academy, the company’s training forum, they were accompanied on their day-long visit by their Academy Leader and Associate Director Paul Millington and J S Wright’s Quality Engineer Ben Wright.

The group was hosted by Wolseley UK’s Head of Sustainability, Tim Pollard, who was instrumental in founding the purpose-designed building which provides a showcase of all the sustainable products and systems available from the UK’s leading specialist plumbing and heating product distributor.

Tim showed the apprentices technology ranging from air and ground-source heat pumps, biomass boilers and combined heat and power units to solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting, porous paving and underfloor heating, and highlighted their respective merits for domestic and commercial use.

He also gave a lecture on the challenges facing Britain as it seeks to reduce the use of fossil fuels as a source of energy in order to meet its 2008 climate change commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, emphasising the vital but also exciting role his audience will play in delivering a sustainable future. 

The apprentices also toured Wolseley’s 355,000sq ft National Distribution Centre which processes 65 million items a year and is powered during the summer by an array of 8,000 photovoltaic panels that also deliver an energy surplus for export.  
Tony Harrison, Key Account Manager for Wolseley UK, said: “Manufacturers, specifiers, installers and end users all need to engage in tackling climate change and increasing energy efficiency, which is why we invited J S Wright’s apprentices to our Sustainable Building Center. They were attentive, enthusiastic and a credit to a company with whom we have built up a strong and trusted relationship.”
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