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SSE Enterprise to provide site-wide electricity network to ‘the largest regeneration project Coventry has seen in a generation'


We have been contracted to design and deliver the site-wide electricity network at Friargate, designed by world-renowned architects, which is an ambitious £700m new business destination bringing prime new multi-functional working space, hotels, homes, shops, restaurants and public space next to Coventry railway station and a five minute walk from the city centre.

The development, once complete, will span 3,200,000m square foot including 400 new homes, 14 new office buildings, 215k sq ft of shops, bars and restaurants and creating 15,000 new jobs. With the nearby train station seeing 17k daily passengers, quick trains to the capital, a growing arts, social and leisure scene, Friargate will provide a crucial pillar for the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. It has been called “the largest regeneration project Coventry has seen in a generation.”

On-site, over the coming years, we will deliver an embedded electricity distribution network comprising high voltage ring main, distribution substations and associated low voltage connections to commercial and residential buildings. This will require meticulous planning and coordination with key stakeholders to minimise disruption to the highway and pedestrian network.

The network will then be adopted by SSE’s IDNO, Forbury Assets Limited.

“Friargate is a significant win for our business and we are proud to be playing a part in the regeneration of a great city like Coventry,” explains Michael Robertson, Sector Director of Electricity and Gas. “Whilst initially focused on providing the electricity network to the development, we hope to use this as a stepping stone to introduce new value and energy solutions in line with our strategy of producing net zero networks.”

A spokesperson for the project Joint Venture said, “Friargate is pleased to have signed an infrastructure delivery agreement with SSE to provide electrical power to the project; the new arrangement secures power for the next and future phases of development complimenting the infrastructure deal signed with Coventry District Energy in 2018 to connect the master plan to the district heating scheme.

Friargate is now well placed to deliver new low energy buildings to meet market demand and we hope to announce a firm timetable for delivery of the next office within a few months. SSE has a very good reputation in the energy markets and we look forward to working with the team.”

  • 3.2m sq ft - size of development when finished
  • 400 - new homes
  • 15k - jobs being created

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Distributed Energy Infrastructure | 21 Apr 2021

SSE teams up with Goldsmiths, University of London to slash carbon emissions

Energy solutions provider, SSE Enterprise has signed a joint development agreement with Goldsmiths, University of London to design and deliver a low carbon campus infrastructure in pursuit of the university’s ambitious net zero targets.

The project will see SSE Enterprise’s distributed energy division look to consolidate all of Goldsmiths’ significant energy consuming buildings onto a centralised campus-wide heat and power network. It is estimated that the first phase of the project will save the institution an average of 1,375 tonnes of CO2 per year – the equivalent annual energy use of 144 homes.

The project has a core focus to reduce the carbon emissions associated with heat, as the university pledges to become completely carbon neutral by 2025. The system will heat the buildings using a low-carbon heat pump, removing the majority of gas consumption on site and saving up to 7,850 MWh of gas usage per year.

By integrating all power onto a single private network, the university will be able to use a much higher proportion of any onsite renewables, without the risk of exporting that electricity onto the grid. The new power system will expand on the university’s existing solar resources, installing a further 400kW of solar PV into the new private network, which will then be used to supply the heat pump, further reducing carbon emissions on site.

Giles Newton, Head of Public Sector & Regulated Markets at SSE Enterprise, said: “By bringing the whole campus onto a centralised system, we are able to integrate more renewable generation into its buildings without having to upgrade each one individually. While previous projects of this kind have focused on single technology solutions, we have chosen to adopt a whole systems approach. Integrating the entire system enables Goldsmiths to closely manage its carbon emissions and future proof the campus for renewable efficiency.”

Everton Williams, Deputy Director Estates at Goldsmiths, added: “The global climate crisis is a growing threat and one that we must target head on. The technologies and experience available to support organisations such as ourselves has developed exponentially in recent years and it’s vital that we harness these solutions now to create a more green and sustainable future.

“We are excited to begin this journey with SSE Enterprise as they support us in our goals to deliver our PLAN25 strategy and achieve a completely carbon neutral campus by 2025. We have already made significant strides in this area with our investment in solar PV panels, but this new partnership will see us fully embracing a ‘whole systems’ approach by adopting and integrating other low-carbon technologies.”

SSE Enterprise have already designed a concept for the system and are currently supporting Goldsmiths with applications for grant funding to enable the construction of the network and potentially the long-term operation of the system over a 25-year period. The 1MWth heat pump set to be installed will supply 6,500 MWh of low carbon heat to the site every year.

SSE has been confirmed as a major partner for this year’s COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November. SSE Group aims to deliver a £7.5bn low carbon investment programme, developing some of the assets and infrastructure required for the UK to reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050.

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