Hackney Homes

Shoreditch Heat Network

Executive Summary

Vital Energi have a long track record of retrofitting community energy schemes into existing housing stock and on the three 1950's estates in East London our Combined Heat and Power, Heat Interface Units, District Heating and Heat Metering solutions helped to deliver lower carbon emissions, lower fuel bills and contributed to reducing fuel poverty.

  • stats-numerical
    £4.2m contract value
  • chp
    375kWe CHP engine installed
  • reducing-carbon
    1,200 tonnes of carbon reduction per annum
  • buildings
    464 properties served

Project Overview

Vital Energi has helped to transform three 1950s-built estates in Shoreditch, East London, by replacing their ageing, inefficient and expensive gas and oil fired boilers with the London Borough of Hackney’s first council-owned Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant and heat network.

The Shoreditch Heat Network (SHN) went live in December 2012 and will initially serve 464 properties across three estates - Wenlock Barn, Cranston and Fairbank.

It is part of a borough-wide Decent Homes Programme by Hackney Homes, the Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) for the London Borough of Hackney, which has resulted in new windows, kitchens, bathrooms and heating and hot water systems for thousands of homes.

Vital Energi was awarded several contracts for different phases of the SHN project by Mulalley, the lead contractor carrying out Hackney’s Decent Homes Programme. We played a pivotal role in the success of the project including providing in-depth knowledge of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Initiative from which the project received funding. We also successfully met the challenge of maintaining constant heat and hot water to 464 residents throughout construction.

Our Solution

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Vital Energi was awarded several contracts for different phases of the SHN project. We were initially commissioned to replace district heating pipes on the Cranston Estate. Having demonstrated our capability and expertise in district heating during this early part of the project, we subsequently won the contract to install riser and lateral pipes in the estate’s eight tower blocks.

The completion of two successful community heating contracts then led to us being commissioned to produce a business case detailing an energy strategy for the three estates including a feasibility study for a CHP energy centre.

The project went out to competitive tender and we were awarded the contract after demonstrating that our proposal provided best value.

Solution detail

Vital Energi has helped us turn our vision into reality and tackle fuel poverty on three estates in Shoreditch by creating a new efficient heating and hot water system which saves money and saves CO2. Throughout the project, to create the new Shoreditch Heat Network, I was impressed by Vital Energi’s professionalism, attention to detail and ability to overcome significant challenges, not least, maintaining constant heat and hot water to residents throughout construction. Despite the hurdles, Vital Energi has helped us to successfully deliver a new energy system which will have a significant impact on the overall regeneration of Hackney and the people who live there.

Jonathan Oxlade, Head of Asset Management, Hackney Homes

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Shoreditch Heat Network

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