Aquavent bring water savings innovation to Alconbury Enterprise Campus

12/11/2013

Aquavent UK have become the latest tenant to move to Alconbury Enterprise Campus: the low carbon high quality development that sits at the heart of the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough economies.

The company specialises in water efficiency techniques which save water and reduce costs to business. They have developed a unique water pressure management device - Aquai-Mod (pictured) - which reduces the flow of water and manages the pressures caused by changes of demand when moving potable water in and reduces waste water out of buildings. This also helps to reduce leakage and waste water caused by defective joints and reduces potential for burst mains, as well as reducing water consumption. Crucially the company also support companies by being able to constantly monitor the effectiveness of the system and clients can monitor themselves being ahead of when their water bills arrive.

The technology has saved up to 476,000 litres per day on one large user unit and run at 100% reliability with little or no maintenance in 8 years. This has already enabled huge savings to be made by organisations who have piloted the technology, including Addenbrookes hospital which has cut its water consumption by 110 million litres per year: an equivalent to 1.4 million baths and a cost saving of £141,000 pa. The company’s innovative product is supported by the Department for the Environment (DEFRA) and approved on the Water Technology List.

The company which was established in 1999 to further develop its water pressure management consultancy and products from first and second phase developments since 1989, has now identified Alconbury Enterprise Campus as a strategic location to serve its current and potential future client’s. The team will be moving into a refurbished R&D unit on Alconbury Enterprise Campus and will be working collaboratively on water efficiency projects with JJM Services – who already have a base on the Campus.

Mark Lock the Managing Director of Aquavent, said:

“Alconbury Enterprise Campus is a great place for us to be based. Its location is second to none being pitched at the A1 – A14 intersection giving us easy access to our customers via the UK’s motorway network and via the local train station at Huntingdon. We are also looking forward to supporting and contributing to the development at Alconbury, with some of the technologies we have developed, provisional proposals look very promising. The futures looking great, the future’s Alconbury. Where else would we get all this with the not-to-be-under-estimated value of having other like-minded new or improving technology businesses on our doorstep.”

Tim Leathes, Project Director of the Alconbury Weald development for site owners Urban&Civic, said:

“Water is such a precious resource, and we have set ourselves a guiding principle throughout the development to use resources wisely and efficiently. Aquavent are a great example of how we hope this development can showcase the best of the technologies being developed by local companies, and support them to grow both through working with us and providing Enterprise Zone space on the Campus.”

Grahame Nix, Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership added:

“To be able to engage emerging technologies from local businesses in developing Alconbury Campus and help businesses grow as the development grows is a great way of really supporting this area’s cleantech strengths and potential. The Enterprise Campus will be an exemplar low carbon high quality place to do business and it is great news that Aquavent will be a part of that.”

Businesses coming to Alconbury Enterprise Campus benefit from a range of Enterprise Zone support including business rates benefits, superfast broadband and streamlined planning processes. The Partnership behind the Enterprise Zone are also supporting businesses with access to finance, skills development and other business support.

Alconbury Enterprise Campus is located on the rail and road North South spine of the country, with links to the East Coast Mainline, A1(M) and A14. It is situated between the global innovation hub of Cambridge and the eco-cluster of Peterborough, at the heart of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership. For further information please visit www.alconbury-campus.co.uk or call 01480 413141.