Berkeley Group

Royal Arsenal Riverside - CHP Energy Centre & District Heating

Executive Summary

Providing a low carbon generation solution for a 76 acre development and in one of London's leading boroughs for carbon reduction, Greenwich. We have been working with our client for 14 years to deliver an evolving, efficient energy infrastructure which is optimised for each phase of build out.

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    £15m contract value
  • energy-supply
    15MW peak load demand
  • construction
    22m high flue
  • home-house
    562 homes served by the energy centre

Project Overview

We are delighted our involvement with the Royal Arsenal Riverside Development in London is set to enter its second decade.  The project has seen us develop a partnership we are particularly proud of on a project which continues to be one of the largest regeneration developments in London.

The development, which is a key project under the London Plan, is being delivered by Berkeley Homes with SSE acting as the Energy Services Company (ESCo). The project sees the transformation of the former derelict 88 acre site into a vibrant community which incorporates both the refurbishment of Grade I and II listed historic buildings and the creation of bold new modern architecture, mixing the old with the new. When completed it will eventually include over 5,000 new homes, a Crossrail Station, shops, restaurants and cafes, offices, a hotel, community healthcare, nursery, and leisure.

Our Solution

Royal Arsenal Energy Centre 5

In 2007 Vital Energi was initially commissioned to design supply and install an efficient energy solution to serve 461 apartments in The Armouries, a nursery, Primary Care Trust, shops and restaurants.

The energy centre would be situated adjacent to a Grade II listed building and share a party wall so we had to maintain the appearance of the building and ensure this structure was sufficient for the equipment.

An initial concern was the limited access and egress for equipment due to spatial restrictions. A sensitive solution was created, with Vital overseeing the creation of two full-length louvres which enabled safe delivery and manoeuvre of equipment.

The initial energy centre housed one 150kWe CHP engine, two 2MW gas boilers and one 70,000 litre thermal store.  We also installed the above and below ground heating networks which distribute the hot water around the development and the in-home heat interface units.

Solution detail

Energy Centre Fly Through

Berkeley Homes has been working with Vital Energi at the Royal Arsenal Riverside for the past five years. During this time they have become an integral part of the delivery team providing a comprehensive service for the design, supply, installation and maintenance of the Energy Centre and district heating network serving the site.

David Bannon, Technical Director, Berkeley Homes

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