Vital Join the Ground Source Heat Pump Association
We are pleased to announce our new membership of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA).
The GSHPA was formed to drive forward quality, durability and customer outcomes in the industry by improving standards and the delivery of a technical compulsory professional development programme. Its aim is to provide the strongest possible sector support for the ground-source and water-source community, end-to-end, supply-chain to end-user.
We took the decision to join the GSHPA as we believe these technologies will be a strong contributor to the UK’s carbon reduction journey and we expect they will continue to play an important role in legislation and regulations such as Building Regulations, Standard Assessment Procedure, Future Homes Standard and the GLA’s London Plan.
As a company, we have been involved in promoting heat pumps in the UK market in ways ranging from advising the Government on overcoming the hurdles heat pump technology faced to undertaking feasibility studies to demonstrate their technical and commercial viability. Most recently we are working to deliver the UK’s largest water source heat pump scheme at Queen’s Quay in Clydebank.
Bean Beanland, GSHPA Chairman, says “We are looking forward to the year ahead, indeed, to the decade, when, in continuing to increase our levels of activity, working on behalf of our membership, and for the wider heat pump industry, we will promote and offer the only currently available and proven technology to decarbonise heating and cooling in the built environment.“
05.12.19 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
Vital Energi Continue at Royal Arsenal Riverside with £7m M&E Package
After being involved with the energy scheme at the 88-acre Royal Arsenal Riverside development since 2006, we are continuing their relationship with Berkeley Homes after being awarded the £7m mechanical and infrastructure package for the next phase of the scheme.
The work will see us provide the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the mechanical infrastructure and apartment fit out for two residential blocks, containing a total of 282 properties. This includes low temperature hot water and boosted cold water services to each apartment, heat interface units (HIUs) for each property and ventilation systems.
Rob Callaghan, Regional Director for the South, comments, “We have been involved with the Royal Arsenal Riverside development for over 13 years, contributing to the regeneration of this area of Woolwich. Our experience and prior involvement in the project places us in the best position to deliver the mechanical and infrastructure package for the newest residential blocks.”
Royal Arsenal Riverside is a vibrant mixed-use development that combines Grade I and II listed buildings with modern architecture to create an upcoming community within the London Borough of Greenwich. The development will eventually consist of over 5,000 homes, a Crossrail station, shops, restaurants and cafes, offices, a hotel, community healthcare, a nursery, and leisure facilities.
We delivered the original energy centre and district heating scheme which has continued to grow as new phases are constructed. Work on this latest phase is expected to start in the coming months with a scheduled completion date of early 2021.
02.12.19 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
St Edward Awards Vital Additional M&E Work on Upcoming Kensington Development
Our involvement with the energy scheme at Berkeley St Edward’s Royal Warwick Square has developed as we have been awarded the £8.9m contract to provide the complete mechanical and electrical infrastructure for two residential blocks and the leisure suite.
The work will see us complete the entire shell and core build out for 127 apartments, leisure facilities including a gym and pool, and the double basement car park, and involves installation of the low temperature hot water, chilled water, boosted cold water and low voltage distribution systems from the basement plant rooms to each apartment. We will also be installing all domestic hot and cold water services and heating and cooling systems to each property, the leisure suite and communal areas.
Each apartment will also benefit from the installation of their own heat interface unit (HIU) to distribute the heating and cooling supply to each property.
Rob Callaghan, Regional Director for the South, explains, “This is the second project we have worked on at Royal Warwick Square after we won the scheme to expand the existing energy centre to cater for additional demand from 6 new residential blocks, which has seen us install two boilers, a 210 kWe CHP engine and a new chilled plant room, along with low temperature hot water, chilled water and low voltage connections to the blocks. Our knowledge and experience of the site has put us in the best possible position to successfully deliver the comprehensive mechanical and electrical infrastructure for two of the blocks to ensure they are ready for client handover.”
Royal Warwick Square is a collection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties with private leisure facilities in the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington.
Work for the additional phase is expected to be complete by February 2021.
14.11.19 by Katie.Addison
| Industry News | Thought Leadership
Vital Contributes Heat Networks Best Practice to MPs and Ministers
Earlier this year, we were approached to contribute to this year’s Parliamentary Review as a Best Practice Representative for the Energy & Environment edition.
The Parliamentary Review is an annual publication with several editions that features commentary from the leading journalists, Secretaries of State and Government Ministers, and is sent to over 500,000 leading business executives, Members of Parliament, policy makers and other relevant individuals. The Review is a guide to industry best practice with the aim of raising standards and demonstrating how sector leaders have responded to challenges in the political and economic environment.
Our participation saw Nick Gosling, Vital's Group Sales and Strategy Director, comment on how changes in policy and regulation has helped or presented opportunities to develop the heat network market further, and suggestions for future growth of the sector.
Nick explains, “It was a real honour to be approached to feature in this year’s Review and we are delighted that our contribution is valued in terms of thought leadership in the sector. As Vital has been delivering heat networks for over 30 years, we have the experience to add value to the industry and share our lessons learnt with the readers.”
The co-chairman of The Parliamentary Review, Lord Pickles, has praised the upcoming Review as one of the most comprehensive yet. He commented that as Britain undergoes changes, it is “essential that politicians have a firm understanding of the challenges with which British organisations must contend” and that The Review once again provides a perfect platform for this.
Writing in The Review, The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove says “this year’s Parliamentary review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom.”
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.