18.10.19 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
Further Contract Success at The Atlas Building
After completing the design and build for the heating and cooling scheme at The Atlas Building in 2018, we are pleased to continue our relationship with Rocket Properties by providing all operation and maintenance services for the energy centre and heating and cooling network.
The Atlas Building is the tallest residential building in London’s Tech City, standing at 152m high, and consists of 38 storeys of residential property and 9 storeys of office space. We began working on the energy solution in May 2017 which included the installation of a 158kWe CHP engine, a 2.8MW modular gas boiler, 12 condensing gas boilers and a separate chilled plant room with 1MW of water cooled chillers.
Having worked alongside the contractors and clients from the first stages of design, we have developed an insight into the project and its specific requirements, therefore this extensive knowledge of the site and the equipment installed has led to us delivering the operation and maintenance services.
Katy Lister, Business Development Executive, explains, “We are delighted to have been awarded the operation and maintenance agreement for The Atlas Building, and to be able to continue our work on site. We have worked closely with the managing agent to ensure a smooth project handover and will continue to do so to provide the best possible service to our client and end customers.”
The Atlas Building offers 302 one, two and three bedroom apartments, a private cinema room, a pool and a gym.
08.10.19 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
Vital Wins Further Work at Camden Lock Village
We are continuing our work at Camden Lock Village after being awarded a 3 year operation and maintenance agreement for the energy scheme at the mixed-use Hawley Wharf residential development which we installed in 2018, and we will also be providing full metering and billing services to the properties.
The scope of works will see our engineers provide 24/7 maintenance and support for the energy centre and associated equipment, the remote plant rooms, and the entire district heating and cooling network, all in accordance with industry guidelines laid out in the SFG20 recommendations to ensure quality of service.
In addition, we will be providing maintenance to the 195 heat interface units (HIUs) and the 195 mechanical ventilation with heat recovery units (MVHRs) within each property.
Rob Callaghan, Regional Director for the South, explains, “As well as completing all planned preventative maintenance, we will also be providing reactive maintenance for the entire energy scheme to quickly resolve any unexpected issues. We are delighted to continue working on the Camden Lock Village energy network for our client Labtech and look forward to providing a high-quality service for our customers.”
Hawley Wharf is a 580,000 sq ft mixed-use space consisting of 195 apartments, co-working space, 60 restaurants, public spaces, arthouse cinema, a new primary school and 150 retail stores. We previously completed the installation of the energy scheme which was designed by Hoare Lea with consultants Aecom and includes a 185kWe CHP engine, two 1,700kW condensing gas boilers, three 8,000 litre thermal stores, and three 633kW air cooled chillers.
07.10.19 by Katie.Addison
| Awards | Industry News
Vital Energi Break into The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250
We are pleased to announce that we have made our first appearance in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 after being named 183rd on the list of Britain’s leading private mid-market growth companies, and are one of only 29 North West based companies on the list.
Previously named in The Sunday Times’ ‘Ones to Watch’ list after missing out on a spot in the Top Track 250 last year, we have grown significantly over the last 12 months, with annual turnover increasing by 30% and operating profit by 15% in 2019, to not only enter the list, but to achieve a ranking of 183.
Some of the recent major projects we are delivering across the UK include:
Leeds PIPES Network – one of the UK’s largest heat networks supplying heat and hot water to 2,000 properties and businesses in Leeds City Centre
Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network – generating and distributing low carbon energy to some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings
Battersea Power Station – bringing the iconic Grade II listed power station back to life with the construction of a modern day energy centre
Queens Quay – Scotland’s first ever large scale water source heat pump scheme
Ian Whitelock, Joint Managing Director, comments, “To have our growth in the sector recognised nationally is a fantastic achievement for Vital and a testament to the hard work and commitment of all of our dedicated staff. We are currently working on 146 projects throughout the UK and continue to secure new opportunities. Headcount has increased by 17% as we continue to invest in the growth of staff numbers and their development, researching new technologies and energy services to help the UK achieve its carbon reduction goals. We collaborate with clients, consultants and specialist suppliers to deliver increasing low carbon solutions to meet the future demand for resilience and efficiency in the production and use of energy.”
Karen Campbell-Williams, Partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, the title sponsor of the league table, praised the companies for their performance, “Whilst the headwinds of political and economic uncertainty have been a consistent feature of the UK economy over the past year, mid-market firms have continued to prove their resilience. They’ve demonstrated their adaptability to uncertain times and found opportunities for growth, both at home and abroad.”
To access the full list, please visit the official website by clicking here.
01.10.19 by Katie.Addison
| Power generation and distribution
Vital Energi Enters Peaking Plants Market with AMP Clean Energy Award Win
Vital Energi has reached a £4m agreement with AMP Clean Energy to design and build five Urban Reserve gas-fired electrical generator peaking plants across the UK with a total of 17MW of power, and with further projects planned.
The peaking plants will generate flexible electricity using gas fired gensets to provide extra resilience and capacity to the local electricity grid, and support the local District Network Operators in achieving their targets. The plants will come online when alternative renewable energy sources are not producing enough electricity, such as solar or wind, and at peak demand periods.
The decentralised peaking plants, utilising 2MW or 2.5MW gensets as single units, pairs or triples, are designed to both support the growth of intermittent renewables by providing on-demand electricity to keep the system balance, and to help provide additional capacity in places of high demand, such as urban and commercial areas.
Richard Byers, Vital Energi’s Director of Green Business, explains, “This is a new market for Vital Energi which will see us install our largest capacity of gensets for a single client. After being selected by AMP Clean Energy through competitive tender based on both our price and our previous extensive experience installing gensets, we are delighted to begin our relationship with them on the Urban Reserve scheme and look forward to seeing the projects develop.”
Mark Tarry, Managing Director of AMP Clean Energy’s Urban Reserve division, adds: “It is very exciting to see our Urban Reserve projects progress to the delivery phase, and we are looking forward to working with Vital Energi to help deliver this. Urban Reserve peaking plants develop flexible electricity to help manage energy demand peaks and ensure security of supply, which will be vital as we move to a net zero future.”
Work will commence in autumn 2019 and is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2020.
We have welcomed a new Technical Director to the Southern Division of Vital, Willem Bosman, who will provide support and technical guidance relating to the engineering systems on our projects.
Willem’s role will see him collaborate with internal and external design teams to assess the regulatory and technical requirements of projects to help deliver best solution. He will be assessing new technologies and solutions required to meet the changing regulatory landscape, and review the structure of our own assurance systems and how we discharge our statutory obligations.
Holding over 22 years’ experience within the engineering industry, Willem has a varied building services background and has worked for major multi-national companies. More recently, Willem has had responsibility for leading the integrated, co-ordinated design and delivery of all aspects of building services offerings.
Willem comments, “I am excited to start a new chapter of my career with Vital Energi in the role of Technical Director and to collaborate with the team to bring value to projects.”
03.09.19 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
It’s Heating Up on Energetik’s Heat Networks
We’ve hit a major milestone on Energetik’s Ponders End Heat Network by reaching Heat On for the temporary energy centre at the mixed use ‘Elements’ development, Enfield Council’s Alma Estate renewal scheme. The first residents of this landmark regeneration scheme are now moving onto the development, which will include over 1,000 homes for sale, shared ownership and council rent, shops, a gym, a medical centre and community facilities.
The temporary energy centre was prefabricated entirely offsite onto a transportable trailer and then delivered to the site as a whole to serve the first properties of the Elements development before the main energy centre is constructed in a later phase. This eased the installation onsite and increased the project efficiencies by reducing construction timescales. Once the main energy centre is constructed, the temporary energy centre can be reused by Energetik on future projects, as well as provide back-up energy for periods of maintenance to the main energy centre.
The Ponders End Heat Network will see two separate new-build developments, the Elements and The Electric Quarter, connected to one single energy centre via a district heating link which is set to start construction later this year.
Rob Callaghan, Vital Energi’s Regional Director for the South, explains, “The installation of the temporary energy centre went smoothly, with the trailer situated neatly in the car park of the development. We’re now busy preparing for the district heating installation ready for the construction of the main energy centre which will serve a total of 1,162 properties when complete.”
Ian Guest, Energetik’s Technical Director, added, “The Ponders End Heat Network is Energetik’s largest scheme to date, and demonstrates our commitment to creating a scalable energy infrastructure for Enfield. By connecting two developments to one shared energy centre, we’re showing how it is possible to work strategically with multiple partners and programmes, and maintain a high standard of delivery.
“With Vital Energi’s support, our staged approach to installing heat generation using two temporary boiler plants allows us to economically deliver heat to the developers’ different build programmes whilst the main low carbon energy centre is built, and will then provide additional resilience to our business in the longer-term.”
This is the second temporary energy centre currently operational on the project with the first being installed by Vital at The Electric Quarter to temporarily serve the first 60 properties constructed on this development, which celebrated reaching its first year of operation at the end of 2018. The 800kW temporary energy centre was also prefabricated offsite and delivered as a completed plant room to fit into a small area initially intended to be a bike store.
Our work with Energetik spans back to 2015 when we first started working on the Arnos Grove Heat Network satellite scheme. With our support, Energetik’s intent is for each network to expand in its area of Enfield and, in the future, connect the three satellite schemes to the larger Meridian Water Heat Network which will be supplied with low carbon waste heat from a local Energy Recovery Facility.