Vital Aim for District Heating Treble

Our 10-year partnership with Berkeley Homes and SSE on the Royal Arsenal Riverside development has resulted in a finalist spot on the H&V News Awards 2017 shortlist, which celebrates the best projects in the sustainable and renewable energy sector.

Royal Arsenal Riverside has been shortlisted in the District Heating Project of the Year category, which we are proud to have won in both 2015 and 2016.

The project saw Vital Energi design and deliver an energy solution which evolved alongside the development’s expansion, ensuring optimum performance at every stage.  Initially, when demand was low we created a temporary energy centre to service the project and later, as more blocks were connected to the system, we delivered a 15MW permanent energy centre which was capable of meeting the increased demand.

The heat created from the energy centre is distributed through a 3.5km district heating network which connects over 20 buildings.  This network was designed to be “future proofed” to allow for easy expansion and the connection of more buildings over the 25-year construction period.

Rob Callaghan, Regional Director for Vital Energi commented, “We are extremely proud to have played a part in the 350 year history of Royal Arsenal Riverside by delivering the energy centre and district heating network and would like to congratulate our clients who have always been 100% committed to creating a truly sustainable community which is bringing much needed homes to London.” 

Construction on The Royal Arsenal Riverside development is set to continue until 2032 and, when complete, will serve 3,700 homes as well as shops, offices and leisure facilities across the 76 acre site. 

The publication of the H&V News Awards shortlist provided further good news for us with the £20m Guardbridge Biomass Energy Centre & District Heating network for the University of St Andrews being included in the Renewable Energy Project of the Year (Commercial/Non Residential) category.

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