After the successful delivery of the prefabricated temporary energy centre at the Barking Riverside development in London, we have been busy completing internal infrastructure installations within the apartment blocks that are under construction.
Vital have been involved with the development’s energy scheme since 2016 when we first begun designing the district heating network to grow alongside the site. Our solution has seen us connect the apartment blocks to the temporary energy centre as they are constructed in what will eventually be a unique 5.2km weather compensated district heating network.
Our most recent scope of works has required the installation of the riser and lateral pipework and associated supports into a range of blocks across the development, along with an intensive testing process to ensure the quality of our work. Challenges were faced due to third party work taking place simultaneously to our installation which required careful coordination and communication to overcome. It was necessary to benchmark our planning and delivery processes in order to create a similar practice to other onsite workers and complete a successful collaborative installation.
Dean Walsh, Vital Energi Contracts Manager, explains, “It is common practice for us to complete our installations alongside other ongoing works, especially on a site of this size, and therefore we have the experience necessary to efficiently coordinate our work in line with third party requirements. The success of our internal installations so far have led to an additional contract on a further block which we are currently completing.
“With the development yet to benefit from our bespoke heat interface unit designed specifically for the project, we are excited to see the rest of the scheme grow and to provide the main energy centre which will come online in 2021.”
Matthew Carpen, Managing Director at Barking Riverside Limited, added, “It is great to see the first part of the district heating network operational and ready to provide heat for our new residents this spring as we look forward to working with Vital Energy and the L&Q Energy Ltd team to roll out the network across future phases of the development.”
Barking Riverside is one the UK’s largest housing projects being delivered across 443 acres. Delivered through a joint venture between L&Q and the GLA, it will create a new district the sise of Windsor on the banks of the river Thames. The project will deliver 10,800 homes, 65,000 sq m of commercial, retail and leisure space, a London Overground station, cycling and walking networks, seven schools of which four have already been delivered.
We have tailored the delivery of the scheme to suit the site’s requirements, resulting in multiple smaller projects that are installed alongside the growth of the development.
We currently employ 13 apprentices nationwide and we are delighted that our commitment has been recognised with a place on The Best of Royal Greenwich Business Awards after they placed us on the shortlist of the Apprenticeship Employer Category.
Attracting talented and enthusiastic people into the district heating industry is one of the main challenges facing the sector and we believe that apprenticeships are one of the key ways to help reduce the skill shortage.
The awards had almost 240 nominations throughout all 10 categories and after a difficult day of deliberations they narrowed them down to a shortlist of 6 in each category.
Rob Callaghan, Regional Director for London & the South commented, “It is hard to over emphasise the importance of attracting, developing and keeping talented young people in the construction industry and apprenticeships are one of the best ways we have found of doing this.
“We currently employ four apprentices in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and we have appointed an apprenticeship manager to ensure they get the support they need. It’s fantastic to see a local authority like the Royal Borough of Greenwich recognise the work local businesses are doing and be so strong in their support of Apprenticeships.”
Each organisation on the shortlist undergoes an interview with the organisers to discuss their entry and the winners will be announced at an event on Friday 15th February at the InterContinental London – The O2.
We have been working in Royal Greenwich for over a decade, delivering energy and heating infrastructure behind Berkeley Homes Royal Arsenal Riverside Development.
James Guyatt, Site Construction Manager for Vital Energi, who manages the apprentices explains, “Watching people develop skills, grow in confidence and fulfil their potential is great, but it’s important to remember that the benefits aren’t just one way and these people make a real and important contribution to Vital Energi. We’re very grateful to have been shortlisted and look forward to finding out who the winner is on the big night.”
This is the second recent success for our London-based apprentices after they claimed a Gold and Silver award at Berkeley Group’s Apprentice Awards.
22.01.19 by Neelam.Parmar
| New build residential / mixed use
Vital Secure £3.8m M&E Package with Berkeley
After working with the Berkeley Group for over 12 years, Vital Energi have been awarded their Royal Warwick Square project by St Edward to adapt the energy scheme.
Royal Warwick Square is set to start construction this quarter and will see Vital implement the extension of the mechanical and electrical infrastructure installation for the £3.8m energy solution.
The project was awarded to Vital following a long-standing relationship with the developers, and previous experience working on similar schemes. Vital’s ongoing work on Berkeley’s Prince of Wales Drive energy scheme to deliver a similar solution has demonstrated the skills required to add value to their Royal Warwick Square project.
The scheme will see Vital install additional equipment into the existing energy centre from the first phase to cater for the extra demand from the 6 new blocks, including two boilers and a 210kWe CHP engine. The new buildings will see low temperature hot water, chilled water and low voltage connections to serve the 6 new blocks, as well as the installation of a new chiller plant room at basement level and associated roof mounted plant. Vital have worked closely with St Edward in order to create a construction schedule to minimise disruption to other contractors onsite.
Royal Warwick Square is a collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom properties with private leisure facilities in the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington.
Rob Callaghan, Regional Director for the South for Vital Energi, comments, “We are delighted to be working with St Edward to deliver an extension of their existing energy solution. We have carefully considered all site activity and the wider community to present a construction plan with little disruption, and look forward to implementing the scheme.”
Vital have worked with the Berkeley Group since 2006 on projects such as Royal Arsenal Riverside, Prince of Wales Drive and Kidbrooke Village.
Work has been scheduled to start in February 2019 and will last until February 2020.
If you’d like to know more about Vital Energi and the work they do, please visit www.vitalenergi.co.uk
04.01.19 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use | Power generation and distribution
Battersea Power Station Fires Up After 35 Years
On behalf of its shareholders, Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) is pleased to announce that almost 40 years after it was taken out of service in 1983, Battersea Power Station will once again be a source of energy supply for Londoners following the creation of a new Energy Centre, which is set to become one of the largest of its kind ever to be created in the UK.
Situated ten metres below ground and directly in front of the iconic Power Station building, the main Energy Centre will supply heating, cooling and electricity to the 42-acre regeneration site, with the potential to supply energy to residents and businesses across the wider Nine Elms regeneration area. The structural build is now complete and has been handed over to Vital Energi which is now fitting it out according to their own design, ahead of completion in 2020.
Creating this vast underground space adjacent to the River Thames and in front of the Grade II* listed building was no easy feat. It involved excavating over 150,000 cubic metres of earth (equivalent of 60 Olympic swimming pools), which was taken away using river barges, thus minimising disruption to the local community by removing the need for 3,500 heavy lorry journeys. Some 16,000 cubic metres of concrete was poured, 4,200 tonnes of steel structure installed and 13,000 cubic metres of blockwork laid in what was undoubtedly a major construction and engineering challenge.
This particular energy centre will be split over two levels, totalling 73,000 sq ft, and when fully built, the current design allows for three combined heat and power gas fired (CHP) engines (two 2MWe and one 3.3MWe), three 10MWth gas fired boilers, seven 60m³ thermal stores and six 4MWe chillers.
The CHP engines produce electricity via the combustion of gas which in turn generates heat as a by-product. This heat will be harnessed and transferred into useable energy for hot water. Similarly, the chillers use electricity to drive a compressor in a refrigerant cycle which transfers cool energy to a water circuit to produce chilled water.
Overall, CHP engines are 40-45 per cent more efficient than conventional power generation. Carbon emissions will also be reduced by 5,000 tonnes per year when compared with using conventional forms of energy, the equivalent of taking 1,000 cars off the road. Furthermore, with energy supplied centrally from this Energy Centre, apartments and commercial units across the redevelopment will be safer and more environmentally friendly, as they will not require their own boilers.
Placing this new Energy Centre underground not only provides natural sound proofing to neutralise the sound of the engines, but also maximises the site area by situating it beneath a new six-acre park on the riverside, with vapour plume being expelled through the newly rebuilt north-east chimney.
Gary Edwards, Head of Technical Services at Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), said:
“This energy centre will be a hugely important part of the new neighbourhood town centre at Battersea Power Station, supplying energy not only to its own community but potentially to other local residents nearby.
“This district heating concept is becoming more popular given all the benefits it provides from reducing carbon dioxide emissions to increasing the security of an energy supply.
“Furthermore, while Battersea Power Station will be many things when it opens – homes, shops, restaurants, offices that create a remarkable place to live, work and play – this Energy Centre also provides an important link to this fantastic building’s past, as a local source of power in the nation’s capital once again.”
Rob Callaghan, Regional Director for London and the South at Vital Energi, added:
“The delivery of the energy solution is seeing good progress with major plant equipment such as the boilers, CHP engines and thermal stores already in place. We are getting ready to begin construction work on the flues that will run inside the original Battersea Power Station chimneys.
“We are pleased to be working on such an iconic development like Battersea Power Station and look forward to continuing our work on one of the UK’s largest energy centres.”
After a busy year of fundraising, we are pleased to have raised a total of £10,858.95 for The Christie Charity this year!
This comes after various initiatives all across the business to beat last year’s total of £3,605.70, here are some of the highlights:
Weight Loss Club – 16 members of our London team ditched the carbs to budge that Christmas bulge raising £195.
Mini-Breaks Raffle – we raffled off two Italian escapes which saw a massive £1,384 raised.
Football Matches – our Design and Engineering departments competed in two charity football matches which saw Engineering triumph and raise £670 for The Christie.
Tough Mudder Challenge – 24 of our brave Vital colleagues tackled the 10 mile Tough Mudder course which had over 20 obstacles with challenging elements such as electricity, ice and, of course, mud, to raise an amazing £3,355.
Christmas Auction – we held our annual Christmas auction with items such as hampers, theatre tickets, televisions, a spa break and signed memorabilia from Geoff Hurst and Ricky Hatton to raise a huge £1,384.
In addition to all these, our fundraising efforts also included multiple raffles for hampers, spa breaks and bottles of booze to name a few, as well as taking part in Christmas Jumper Day.
We have been supporting The Christie for over 10 years now which is a cancer specialist hospital in Manchester providing exceptional care and treatment to patients, and pioneering research into new treatments and technologies for the fight against the disease.
We’d like to thank all who helped raise such a great figure and hope that we can raise even more in the New Year.
11.12.18 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
Vital Energi Awarded £2.3m Redrow Energy Scheme
We will deliver a £2.3m energy scheme for The West Works, Redrow’s latest development in Southall. We will be taking a phased installation approach to grow the solution in line with Redrow’s construction plans.
We will be providing the design, supply and installation services for the scheme, which consists of a 185kW CHP engine, three 533kW gas boilers, two 8,000 litre thermal stores, low temperature hot water system and 280m of district heating. We will also be responsible for supplying the heat interface units for the development which consists of 313 new homes, alongside commercial units.
We adapted the design presented by Redrow’s consultants to provide a more financially beneficial and efficient solution. This was achieved by reducing the number of CHP engines from four with a thermal storage of 20m³, to one CHP with a thermal storage of 16m³ which not only reduces the cost of plant and maintenance, but also provides a more accurate size solution for the development’s energy demand.
The energy scheme will be installed alongside the development’s construction, with the CHP engine being switched on later in the development process when there is the required demand. The project will also see us provide the additional infrastructure to futureproof the network by installing capped pipework to allow for the additional connections.
The original intention was to install a capped district heating link from the energy centre to provide the ability to connect to the nearby Southall West Energy Centre in the future. However, this design was reassessed and adapted by us to supply the development and the capped link from a single district heating main which reduced the length of pipe required.
Rob Callagahan, Regional Director for the South for Vital Energi, commented, “After working with Redrow on previous projects such as their Padcroft and 500 Chiswick Road developments, we are pleased that we have been selected to provide the energy scheme for this new development. We have carried out a detailed design to ensure the most financially beneficial and efficient solution has been provided and look forward to seeing the project implemented.”
The West Works development comprises one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments and is due for completion late 2019.