The Energy Services Contract Project (ESCO) at the Natural History Museum involved the review and renewal of the energy infrastructure plant and services at their major sites at South Kensington, Wandsworth and Tring.

Project Overview

The Natural History Museum in London is a museum exhibiting a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation.

Schofield Lothian were commissioned by the NHM to investigate, report on and manage the process of making significant reductions to the museums carbon footprint whilst also making financial savings by reducing energy consumption.


Specifically, the commission included the following deliverables:

  • LED Lighting Upgrades to retail and galleries at South Kensington to existing lighting.
  • Water conservation measures at South Kensington
  • Replacement low E transformers at South Kensington
  • Installation of combined heat and power plant at Wandsworth and Tring
  • Chiller replacement at Wandsworth and Tring
  • Boiler replacement at Wansworth and Tring
  • Installation of variable speed drives for pumps at Wandsworth and Tring
  • Voltage optimisation at Wandsworth and Tring

The energy services provider, developed the ESCO contract and provided the required capital as well as guaranteeing and underwriting of future savings for the agreed contract period of 15 years. This substantially reduced the financial risk to the Museum, as it avoided the need to fund these projects from its own capital budget.

Schofield Lothian providing Project Management and technical M&E advice. In practical terms this included the production of multiple technical reports, attendance of project meetings, client reporting, reviewing of the contract documentation and reviewing technical submittals.

On behalf of the client, we also helped produce the Statutory Instrument, enabling the contractor to locate plant on the public estate for a lease period.


For more information please contact Richard Ambrose,

T: 0207 842 0920 20 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EF