CLC Press Release

As part of a new digital transformation initiative, Cheltenham Ladies’ College (CLC) required a “flexible and scalable” technology platform for their unique estate that would provide tenants and contractors a seamless experience from building to building, all whilst maintaining its heritage and prestigious architecture.
“Acutro’s differentiated approach and strong references in the real estate industry convinced CLC that it was possible to do more with less,”
Nigel Richards, Chief Operating Officer at CLC.
With expertise in data acquisition and interpretation, Acutro empowers real estate owners such as CLC to aggregate building data and control operations to improve building performance whilst driving real efficiencies across estates. The programme is being driven in collaboration with CLC’s strategic partner, BGIS – supplier of integrated facility management services.
As a longstanding champion of AI-driven technologies, BGIS and Acutro’s partnership has spanned over two years across multiple sites across the UK. Nick Spearman, Director of Professional Services at BGIS says of the venture: “It was imperative we chose an ambitious technology partner to disrupt the education sector and drive change through this data-led approach. Of course, we had to achieve this whilst preserving the heritage that remains at the heart of CLC. With our strategic partner Acutro, we were able to make this happen”.
Reducing operating costs, meeting sustainability targets and elevating student and staff experiences are three of CLC’s major targets that BGIS promises to deliver through Acutro’s Internet of Everything platform. The innovative cloud-based solution will consume live telemetry data from a multitude of sources to provide a holistic view of the estate’s data environment. Leveraging AI data models to prescribe live scoring of critical assets and systems to measure asset health, asset availability, asset lifespan, and more to address the headline objectives. Adopting Acutro will give all stakeholders across the property value chain never-before-seen insight through data.
One of the major factors in selecting Acutro was CLC’s ambitious aims to reduce energy consumption across the 36-acre estate by at least 12 per cent. The Horizon system from Acutro, uses Artificial Intelligence to monitor and optimise energy efficiency across the site, representing an important step in the College’s target of becoming carbon net zero. A 12% reduction in CLC’s energy consumption equates to 275 tonnes of CO2e; equivalent to 1,654 mature trees photosynthesising for one year.
As well as reducing CLC’s carbon footprint and energy costs, the system will also monitor CO2 levels and room temperature throughout the site and make adjustments accordingly to maintain comfort and wellbeing among the pupil and staff body.