About Us

We design, build, operate and maintain District Heating and District Cooling Networks, and have been doing so for over 30 years.

What We Do

Our team have been providing the UK with District Heating networks for over 30 years. We have designed, built, operated and maintained some of the country’s first and largest schemes, and the smallest community energy projects.

What is District Energy?

In simple terms District Heating is the mechanism for distributing heat generated centrally.

Highly efficient pre-insulated underground pipes deliver heating and chilled water to-and-from from an energy centre, while Heat Interface Units provide the same control you'd expect from an ordinary boiler. A network of these pipes do the same for neighbouring homes and businesses creating a community energy scheme.

District Heating is not a new concept. Its foundations lie in Ancient Roman times (with Roman baths and underfloor heating), and during the Regency period in London, central coal fire furnaces would be built in residential squares and hot water distributed to houses around that square.

Today, however, only 2% of the UK uses District Heating schemes compared with 60% of Denmark and 95% of Iceland. There's still a long way to go to meet the London Mayor's aim to achieve 25% of London's communities served by District Energy by 2025.

We have designed and installed creative energy solutions for many of London's residents and businesses. These currently include delivering a CHP energy centre for Nine Elms in London, a clean, green and efficient decentralised solution for 650 apartments, a superstore and numerous commercial units, and the Somers Town Decentralised Heat Network which in addition to providing modern heat and hot water to four housing estates, will also reduce future CO2 emissions by 1000 tonnes annually. 


Our Management Team

Tony Nash Pre-Construction Director

Tony has worked in the construction industry since 1995. Commencing at technical apprentice level and progressing to Engineer, Senior Engineer, Project Manager and currently within the work winning team at Vital Energi as Senior Pre-Construction Manager for London and south. Tony’s experience includes commercial, residential, government and health sectors of the building services market ranging from operating theatres and cancer treatment suites, office fit-outs and data center’s to energy centres, district heating and centralised steam plant replacement projects.

After Joining Vital Energi in April 2014, Tony has grown the work winning team to encompass estimators, technical managers and most recently a flourishing design team with further plans to expand the department in line with the growth potential of the southern business.

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John O’Regan Pre-Construction Manager

John started at Vital Energi at the beginning of 2016 as Pre-Construction Manger overseeing various bids with the estimating team from tender through to submission and supporting the Senior Pre-Construction Manager.

John’s experience started when he joined Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Ltd (then Haden Young) as an Electrical Technician Apprentice in 1982 and worked continuously with them until December 2013. John has a good understanding of Mechanical / Public Health Services and was involved with all aspects of each project including Commercial and programming.

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Elliott Sharpe Associate Design Director

As Associate Design Director, with over 10 years industry experience, Elliott is responsible for leading the London design department to deliver high quality design solutions that continue to push best practice boundaries utilising latest components and technologies.

Leading the design from bid stage through to operation, Elliott provides technical checks, guidance, solutions, and regular liaison with all interfaces including both internal teams, the client and professional teams. As the project progresses, Elliott oversees the delivery managing progress, processes technical reviews and co-ordination whilst ensuring consistency in quality and solutions across the region.

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Steve Hodgkiss Regional Manager Robin Thorne Operations Manager

Robin joined Vital Energi in 2015 as Operations Manager. Robin’s career started in 1988, by undertaking a technical apprenticeship with Crown House Engineering and then progressed through Engineer, Senior Engineer and Project Manager. After 19 years he moved on to Balfour Kilpatrick as a Senior Project Manager later becoming a Contracts Manager and then later joined J S Wright as Contracts Manager for their London business. Having been involved in commercial, residential, government and health sectors of the building services market ranging from hospitals, schools, office fit-outs, airports, data centres and more recently energy centres and district heating.

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James Davis Senior Planning Manager

James joined Vital Energi in 2011 as Senior Planning Manager and has gained vast experience working with the District Heating and Energy Centres teams.

James has 32 years' industry experience starting as an apprentice electrician and a freelance draughtsman, he later joined Haden Young and later BBES where he became Regional Cad manager/planning Manager; he was in charge of project delivery support for the region and developed the Project programmes from Tender through construction and ultimately  commissioning and completion. James experience is in both residential and Commercial in full building services and has multi services experience.

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Simon Matthews Director of Energy Strategy

As a chartered Engineer with a degree in Energy Engineering, Simon has acquired a wide range of both practical and commercial experience and has been operating at director level for almost 15 years. 
 
Simon has a strong reputation within the energy market for both developing and delivering commercially viable packages and project managing installations and he is an expert at successfully delivering projects in all sectors, from Hospitals and Schools to PFI prisons.
 
His body of work includes overseeing large Energy from Waste plants, district energy, energy centre upgrades, energy compliance and building controls.  He has a leading role in project development, delivery and creating commercial and financial structures where he specialises in bringing innovation and added value to our proposals.

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Dave Hutchinson Operations Manager (Infrastructure)

Dave’s 24 years' specialist expertise in the integration of renewable technologies is a combination of 18 years' practical district heating experience, directly installing some of the largest pipe networks in the UK, followed by complete management of project implementation, ensuring we consistently meet the clients' sustainable vision.

Dave’s ability to manage multi-disciplined teams to achieve excellent results has been exemplified by the success of the 20+ years of long term district heating contracts for some of the UK’s major district heating networks including Nottingham City Council, delivering over 85km of pipework and Sheffield City Council, delivering over 50km pipework.

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