Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network Begins Delivering Low-Carbon Heat

The £24m Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network (MCQHN) has passed an exciting milestone after it began supplying low-carbon heat to its first customer, the Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Heat is generated in the new Energy Centre, located near Bridgewater Hall, and pumped through district heating pipes to Manchester Central where it now meets the full heating demands of the convention complex.

The heat connections as part of the initial phase of going live include:

  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Bridgewater Hall
  • Town Hall Extension
  • Central library

The first connection going live is particularly exciting as it is the culmination of several years of dedication, planning and hard work on behalf of Manchester City Council to deliver their vision for a city-wide heat network. The project underwent an extensive three-week commissioning period during which it achieved G99 and G100 compliance from the Distribution Network Operator and we now look forward to connecting several more major civic buildings over the coming weeks.

Mike Cooke - Vital Energi, Managing Director – North & Scotland