Strolling around London’s South Bank district, you can’t help but notice the startling urban regeneration that’s taking place. It’s a visual feast of magnificent, futuristic architecture that’s quickly transforming the look of the capital. And underneath those towers of glass and steel, hidden from view, there are lots of exciting ideas at work.
The prestigious Riverlight development enjoys spectacular views across the Thames. With 811 opulent residential properties and 3,850 square meters of commercial space, it’s a huge project with construction costs in excess of £200 million.
SSE Enterprise Utilities has worked with developers, St James, on the project for more than five years and has been involved in the design of all the site utilities: electricity, gas, water, waste and, significantly, a low-carbon heating and cooling system.
Riverlight’s underground energy centre uses a mix of technologies. There are ground source heat pumps, gas fired boilers and gas fired combined heat and power engines. By generating the power, heating and cooling on site, there’s a significant reduction in the development’s carbon footprint.
Importantly, by taking a joined-up approach to developing all the site’s utilities, there are cost and efficiency benefits at design, delivery and operational stages. SSE Enterprise Utilities designed and installed the electricity, gas and water mains and services throughout the development with in-house ownership providing a very efficient and effective utilities solution. We’ve also adopted the foul infrastructure, giving us a complete multi-utility service offering.
The whole system’s been built for the long term. The final properties in the six ‘pavilion’ development will be completed in 2017. But our commitment extends long after the cranes have gone. Our ongoing maintenance and energy reporting contract will ensure that we continue to make a significant contribution to the Riverlight development for the next 25 years.
SSE Utility Solutions is responsible for providing an operation, maintenance and repair service to the Energy Centre at a Hospital in Edinburgh. With 800 inpatient beds, the Hospital is home to regional centres for both Cancer and Clinical Neuroscience.
Operating round the clock dictates a constant demand for power and heat. The Hospital meets this need with its on-site Energy Centre, comprising a 1MW CHP gas turbine engine, a waste heat boiler capable of producing 1 tonne of steam per hour, and 3 dual fuel boilers which are each capable of producing 20 tonnes of steam per hour.
As a further back-up measure, the Energy Centre is also equipped with two diesel generators, one 800 kVA and 1 x 725 kVA which provides sufficient resource to run the power supply should the need arise.
SSE Utility Solutions has been contracted to provide the Energy Centre services until
Client: NHS Trust
Date: Contract until 2018
Scope: Energy Centre operation, maintenance and repair service
Glasgow Harbour is one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in the UK. Close to the city’s bustling West End, the 130 acre site includes hundreds of new homes as well as superb public buildings.* We’re powering that masterplan – not just with energy – but with investment.
Essential services for business, delivered with energy.
SSE Enterprise Utilities is helping to deliver a low carbon housing development in the heart of the east London Borough ofHackney by installing a district heating scheme using energy efficient technologies.