A drilling rig in action at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield.

Drilling under way at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield

A six-ton rig arrived at historic Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, last week ready to drill four bore holes for pipes for a ground source heating system.


The drilling rig on site at Bridge Cottage.

The rig, along with supporting pumps and settling tanks, arrived on Thursday and work began on Friday. It is expected to be on site for two weeks.

Mick Harker chairman of the Uckfield and District Preservation Society’s Bridge Cottage committee said: “It’s a very messy operation as the drill has tobe lubricated with a constant flow of water that both keeps the drill bit lubricated and flushes the spoil to the surface.

“And there is quite a lot of spoil as each bore is 250mm and goes down to about 120 metres.”

Once the bore is dug a plastic pipe loop is inserted to the bottom of the bore hole and cemented in position.

The pipes will be fed, via a balancing manifold, to a ground sourced heat pump located on the first floor of the refurbished building.

The pump will, once commissioned, pump a liquid through the bore hole pipes to extract heat from the ground to heat the building in the winter.

In the summer months it works in reverse taking heat from the t5th century cottage and sending it back into the ground again.

The refurbishment project is expected to be completed at the end of the year and become a meeting place available to the whole community.

The vision of the preservation society is to use a range of heritage activities and means of interpretation to enable all sectors of the growing town of Uckfield to understand and appreciate their heritage.

There will be educational programmes at all levels, hands on heritage activities for all ages, local history and craft events, and there will be a heritage hub for historical research.

The building is also to be registered for Civil Ceremonies allowing the community to enjoy that special moment in a local heritage setting.


The Bridge Cottage building site, busy and congested.

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