We reached another big milestone on the Westminster City Council RE:FIT project after the penultimate major lift saw us place the air source heat pumps on the roof of Porchester Leisure Centre.
The manoeuvre saw four collector units (4.5m long x 2.2m wide x 1.5m high, weighing 1,200kg each) and two compressor housings (6m long x 2m wide x 2.5m high, weighing 6,000kg) being lifted onto the new steelwork decks that have been installed on the listed building. The equipment was lifted by a crane contract lift which involved lifting over the leisure centre whilst negotiating residential buildings on each side.
David Oatt explains, “These heat pumps are one of the biggest contributors to carbon reduction on the project, so it’s very exciting to see them going in. When complete, the overall project will reduce emissions by 1,677 tonnes per year, so it’s great to see the major pieces of equipment in-situ.”
The Porchester Leisure Centre Lift is one of seven, with the final air source heat pumps scheduled to be lifted onto the roof of the Queen Mother Sports Centre next week. Overall, the project will see air source heat pumps, ranging in size from 30kW to 600kW, installed across ten buildings.
Compressor lifting the air source heat pump at Queensway
Crane sited at Queensway
Compressor lifting the air source heat pump