We delivered the design and build of the energy centre and district heating network for the regeneration of Ladderswood Estate, whilst providing the ability to connect to the planned low carbon Meridian Water Heat Network in the future.
Ladderswood Estate is a joint venture between Sherrygreen Homes and One Housing Group in collaboration with the London Borough of Enfield, with Mulalley as contractor. It will see major regeneration of the area to provide new residential properties, commercial units, a hotel and a community centre.
During the development’s early construction phase, Enfield Council’s heat network company Energetik was established. Energetik is set up to own and operate a series of heat networks in the borough, with a vision to deliver efficient, reliable and expandable heat networks and provide a high quality of customer service. Energetik intends to deliver such heat networks by ensuring the developer follows the requirements of its technical specification. Normally the heat network is designed and built to Energetik’s technical specification following a strict approvals process, and upon completion of each phase Energetik adopt the plant within the energy centre and the network. The Arnos Grove heat network supplying the Ladderswood Estate was the first of Energetik’s heat networks to go into operation, therefore setting an important precedent for the level of quality and positive customer experience that Energetik wants to deliver across its schemes.
With Energetik coming on board, the Council agreed to revise the development agreement to incorporate as much of the requirements of Energetik’s technical specification as was economically viable. This included Sherrygreen homes and One Housing Group providing an energy centre and network that could be expanded and act as a district heating hub in the Arnos Grove area, allowing it to connect other developments when economically viable.
We initially joined the scheme in 2015 to install the energy centre plant and network for Mulalley to their designer’s requirements.
Following the introduction of Energetik to the scheme, Vital’s role in the project changed to take responsibility for the detailed design, amending it to reflect Energetik’s technical specification, working closely with both the contractor, Mullaley, and Energetik to deliver the new requirements.
Following Energetik’s approvals process we completed the first phase of the energy plant and network in October 2017, with the next phases well under way to complete the development of 517 homes, a hotel and a number of commercial units.