Pipes stacked on a building site
Clyde Gateway in Glasgow will comprise a mix of residential, commercial, retail, leisure and educational buildings. The emphasis of the project is on community empowerment and delivering benefits back to those who live, work and visit the area.
Ramboll has worked closely with Clyde Gateway URC to conceive a community-centred energy strategy for the regeneration area that promises to use resources efficiently and significantly reduce energy bills with the aim of tackling fuel poverty. The energy centre and district heat network will provide an instant supply of heat and hot water using a metered system that ensures residents and businesses only pay for the energy they use, while minimising energy losses. Future phases of the project include a combined heating and cooling system and the potential to use minewater as an inter-seasonal energy store.
In the first phase, 50 homes and Clyde Gateway’s new EastWorks offices will be connected to the district heating network; however, there are plans to connect more than 300 further homes and commercial premises in future phases.
Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise is the partnership behind Clyde Gateway. They engaged Ramboll to prepare the project’s energy strategy and carry out a detailed feasibility study. Subsequently we were asked to create the concept design of the energy centre for Scottish Water Horizons and the district heating network for Clyde Gateway and supported the procurement of FES and Vital Energy who will respectively deliver these separate elements of the system. Ramboll will continue to provide technical assurance and Construction Design & Management services to the project during the construction phase, providing ongoing support.
Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, said: “This pioneering project is an important investment in our community and yet another reason for people and businesses to choose Clyde Gateway as their location and take advantage of its fantastic parks, energy efficient buildings and network of walking and cycling routes. By installing district heating at the outset, long term vacant sites will be attractive to everyone seeking a sustainable lifestyle and business environment”.
Paul Steen, Head of District Energy at Ramboll adds, “Clyde Gateway have taken a bold and integrated approach to a sustainable redevelopment of the East end of Glasgow. The strategy that has been initiated through this first low carbon project but has been conceived to evolve, expand and interconnect with other local energy networks.”
Ramboll was commissioned by Islington Council in London to design and deliver a district-wide heating network to provide cheaper and greener heat to 1,350 homes plus community buildings in north London, using unwanted heat from the London Underground.
When property developer Quintain embarked on transforming the long-neglected area surrounding the iconic Wembley stadium, into a new district and exciting hub, they sought Ramboll as an engineering partner who could fully realise their ambitious sustainability agenda.