05.04.19 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
Kitting Out Redrow's Energy Centre
Construction is progressing well at Redrow’s Padcroft site, following the delivery and installation of major plant and equipment within the energy centre. The development, which spans a two-and-a-half acre site, is the house builder’s latest project in London’s West Drayton, and comprises a collection of 308 one, two, and three-bedroom luxury apartments.
The scheme saw the delivery of its 90kW CHP engine, two 750kw gas boilers, two 5,000 litre thermal store, expansion vessels, low-temperature hot water and boosted cold-water skids, water softener, gas booster, vacuum degasser and chlorine unit over a period of two days. Delivery of all the equipment was scheduled to take place together due to the spatial restrictions of the site and the construction programme.
The site posed challenges due to restricted space and a number of vehicles entering and exiting with only one entrance and exit, therefore we had to create a schedule that would cause minimal disruption to other onsite work. To ensure deliveries are kept to a minimum, we employed a 3rd party plant movement company who took delivery of all plant and equipment through nine separate deliveries. They then delivered the plant to site over two days which eliminated the need for singular deliveries from each manufacturer and reduced the number of deliveries to two. This minimised the number of vehicles needed and therefore assisted in the ease of the deliveries.
As the energy centre plant room is located inside one of the apartment blocks, there was limited area to manoeuvre the equipment requiring a solution to maximise the available space. We tailored our schedule around the development’s construction schedule to allow for an area, which will eventually become an apartment, to be utilised as a temporary entrance to the energy centre before being transformed into a property. This provided the necessary room for the plant to be moved into position, taking additional care due to the energy centre residing approximately 1.5m below ground level.
Billy King, Project Manager at Vital Energi, explains, “The decision to have all the major plant delivered together was taken in order to ensure an effective and efficient installation. Co-ordinating our schedule closely with the client’s logistic team and other onsite workers ensured a smooth implementation.
“The next part of the project will see all the energy centre plant pipework manufactured and connected, and low temperature hot water risers and laterals, with boosted cold-water services to all floors, installed into the remaining six apartment blocks. Additionally, district heating and gas installations and connections are to be completed, with work expected to finish early next year.”
We began working on the £2.6m energy scheme in 2018 which will provide the spatial heating and domestic hot water for a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments when completed.
Medi Rampal has recently joined the Vital team as Head of Customer Engagement to develop and maintain customer relationships in the Southern division of Vital.
After spending the last 12 years working within the energy sector, his new will see Medi work collaboratively with cross-functional teams in Vital, and supply chain partners, to provide great customer satisfaction.
During his career, Medi has had experience developing customer value propositions, and developing and delivering major energy infrastructure projects. Having worked for major energy companies, Medi has developed skills in both customer relationship management and developing and executing strategy for the delivery of district heating networks.
Medi comments, “I am very excited and privileged to be working for Vital Energi. My aim is to ensure that we continue to lead, and set best practice examples, in the design and delivery of optimised low carbon infrastructure projects that provide a great customer experience, and create successful long-term partnerships.”
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.”