Take a virtual tour of Sandford Hydro

As part of the Oxford Preservation Trust’s all-new virtual Oxford Open Doors format for 2020, earlier this month the Low Carbon Hub participated by entering a virtual tour of the Sandford Hydroelectric plant in Sandford-on-Thames.

We created the Sandford Hydro tour so that anyone can take a look inside the control room and turbine hut at the hydro without needing to making the trip. It also goes into a bit of detail about the part that Sandford Hydro plays in Project LEO.

The Hydro has been fully commissioned for over three years now and it is still possible to go down and visit the hydro and see it from the river banks. The hydro scheme generates a huge 1.6 GWh of renewable electricity per year, which is the equivalent demand for 500+ households — or most of Sandford! You can read more about the project here.

Check out the video on our YouTube channel.

About Oxford Open Doors

The Oxford Open Doors weekend is the time when many of Oxford’s significant contemporary and historic buildings open their doors to the general public, many of which do not usually do so. This year, the team behind the event had to think creatively about how to do things a little differently.

With social distancing at the forefront of everyone’s minds the team developed three elements to make up the new weekend plan:

  • A full virtual programme went live at 10am Saturday 12 September until 6pm Sunday 13 September.
  • A range of free self-guided walks exploring the city’s green spaces and hidden heritage as well as a range of walks provided by Sustainable Healthcare and Oxford Archaeology.
  • A programme of free but mainly pre-booked outdoor activities as visitor numbers will be limited. 

The virtual content from the Open Doors weekend may have finished, but you can still take a look at OPT’s range of SELF-GUIDED WALKS exploring Oxford’s green spaces and hidden heritage.