Taylor Wimpey & A2Dominion

RAF Eastcote

Executive Summary

Vital Energi provided a package of energy solutions at the former Ministry of Defence site which ensured our clients met their target of achieving a 10 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.

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    £1.03m contract value
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    10% reduction in carbon emissions through green on-site renewable generation
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    385 Apartments and houses served

Project Overview

Previously home to US visiting forces and the UK’s celebrated code-breaking team, relocated from Bletchley Park, RAF Eastcote is the first of six former Ministry of Defence sites in London to be redeveloped to provide much needed new housing for the UK’s capital city. Taylor Wimpey purchased the 19-acre Hillingdon, West London site in 2007 to build Pembroke Park, a development of 385 new apartments and houses, 105 of which are affordable homes for A2Dominion Housing Association.

Our Solution

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Cutting carbon was a core element of the planning conditions and led Taylor Wimpey to appoint Vital Energi to design, build, operate and maintain a biomass-fuelled community heating scheme to supply the 105 affordable homes on the site.

Pembroke Park also marked the launch of Vital Energi’s new smart metering and billing system vPro: energy metering system (vPro:ems). When the credit billing solution originally specified was found not to be adequate for A2Dominion’s residents at Pembroke Park, it commissioned Vital Energi to install our new vPro:ems smart metering system in its homes on the development and switch residents to a Pay As You Go billing mode.

Vital Energi was initially appointed by Taylor Wimpey to assess the original design proposal. Working closely with the client, our technical team took the original brief and developed it into a viable, reliable and energy-efficient design to deliver long-term performance.

We were then commissioned to supply and install a 140kW wood pellet boiler with gas-fired back-up boiler plant, wood-pellet fuel store, conveyor system to feed the biomass boiler, above and below ground heat distribution networks and our own Vital Aqua Varm Hydraulic Interface Units (HIUs).

Solution detail

Over the past two years A2Dominion has worked in close partnership with Vital Energi investigating a series of challenges posed following the previous installation of CHP systems, by others, on schemes now owned by A2Dominion. They have been unfailingly helpful and innovative in providing ideas and solutions related to the design and build of new systems, the future maintenance of those systems and billing residents for the energy. They have also supported us in educating residents and staff to understand and get the best from sometimes complex and difficult problems.

Steve Michaux, Director of Leasehold Services, A2Dominion

Key Benefits

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