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.
Last month we held our first ever Women in Engineering event to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, welcoming students from the local Regent High School to the Somers Town energy centre in Camden.
The aim of the day was to take the students on a project lifecycle journey with female members of our team demonstrating how we create a scheme, from winning a project all the way through to operating and maintaining solutions.
The students were given an insight into how a project comes together and the roles required to make the schemes a success. Our team explained how they have progressed and developed in their careers, the various routes into the industry and what makes their roles enjoyable, to inspire the students into a career in the engineering industry.
The students then got the chance to go behind the scenes at the Somers Town energy centre to see a real life project in action and learn how the scheme generates and distributes heat, hot water and electricity.
This is the first of our initiatives to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, with further events planned later in the year.
Here is some feedback from students about the day:
"I thought the event was very educational and fun."
"I thought the event was an amazing opportunity and I learnt so much"
"It was interesting and it gave me new knowledge about other careers I didn't know about."
"The event was very eye-opening, and the speakers were very easy to talk to and were very open and honest about their job roles."
"I enjoyed dressing up as an engineer and looking the part, and then visting the energy centre."
"I learnt that there are many ways to become an engineer and different types of engineering."
"It opened up a lot of career options for me"
"I learnt that engineering isn't only about building and more about designing."
01.07.19 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
Luxury London Development’s Energy Centre Takes Shape
The energy centre is taking shape at Redrow’s latest site in Southall, The West Works, following the delivery and installation of the final pieces of the plant, including an 185kWe CHP engine and two 8,000 litre thermal stores.
The deliveries had to be done considerately as there is only one haul road in and out of site meaning that access is very tight. Additionally, to move the plant into the energy centre, we needed to coordinate with Redrow to leave out a section of louvres in order to accommodate the plant installation.
As the haul road is very narrow with little room for manoeuvre, an in-depth delivery schedule was also created. We delivered the thermal stores first, which were installed to the rear of the energy centre, and then delivered the CHP, which was installed to the front of the energy centre.
Project Manager Billy King, explains, “The tight site conditions were challenging and so required a lot of planning to complete the deliveries and installations successfully. We now have all major plant installed and can now install all the necessary low temperature hot water pipework, flues, and BMS to the energy centre. Riser and lateral installations are well underway and will eventually connect all four blocks with a total of 313 apartments and 3 retail units.”
The West Works is a mixed-use development located in Southall and is scheduled to be completed late 2019. The development will consist of 302 studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The first residents are due to move in over the next couple of weeks.