Vital Energi, the UK’s leading innovator in efficient energy solutions, has been awarded the Energy Centre contract for phase 3 of Berkeley Homes North East London’s Woodberry Down development. Located next to Finsbury Park, the £3.1 million contract requires Vital Energi to design and build the Centre.
Because the Energy Centre will be a double height space (9m high) located adjacent to the basement and ground floor levels, plant deliveries will need complex engineering, including a specialist movement company and temporary works design.
“We have worked closely with Vital Energi for over fifteen years and have established a fantastic working relationship with them over this time. Sustainability and energy efficiency are key pillars at Woodberry Down, and are at the forefront of everything we do. The introduction of the Energy Centre will play a huge part in our mission to reduce carbon emissions and will also lower energy costs for residents here,” commented David Barry, Operations Director at Berkeley Homes (North East London) Ltd.
Vital Energi will install 800kW of air source heat pumps (ASHP) on the roofs of two blocks, which will extract heat from the air and supply heating and hot water to the development. Moreover, primary low-temperature heating system (LTHW) pipework will be installed within the Energy Centre, as well as distribution pipework which will run from the heat pump down to the energy centre, which when complete, will serve all 8 phases of the development. Three 1.5MW condensing boilers will be fitted within the new Energy Centre along with a Building Management System, as well as three 6.5m high 27,000 litre thermal stores.
With work due to start at the end of August, Vital Energi is ready to provide all the right solutions for the project. Once complete, the company will also operate and maintain the Energy Centre for 2 years, to ensure all equipment is maintained to a high standard, and carry out planned and reactive services of the Energy Centre.
Commenced in 2009, Berkeley is regenerating the neighbourhood in a 30-year project which will deliver over 5,500 mixed-tenure new homes. The development will be built over 8 phases, and will create a bustling community which is also home to 15 acres of landscaped parkland, 42 acres of open water, including a water sports and open water swimming reservoir, and the Woodberry Wetlands –a dedicated nature reserve cared for by the London Wildlife Trust.
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