Vital Energi aims for hat-trick

Vital Energi is hoping to win a prestigious award for the third year in a row for the innovative Royal Arsenal Riverside development.

The 10-year partnership with Berkeley Homes and SSE has earned the project a finalist spot on the H&V News Awards 2017 shortlist, which celebrates the best projects in the sustainable and renewable energy sector.

The project saw Vital Energi design and deliver an energy solution which evolved alongside the development’s expansion, ensuring optimum performance at every stage. Initially, when demand was low the team created a temporary energy centre to service the project and later, as more blocks were connected to the system, they delivered a 15MW permanent energy centre capable of meeting the increased demand.

The heat created from the energy centre is distributed through a 3.5km district heating network which connects over 20 buildings. This network was designed to be ‘future proofed’ to allow for easy expansion and the connection of more buildings over the 25-year construction period.

Rob Callaghan, Regional Director for Vital Energy said: “We are extremely proud to have played a part in the 350 year history of Royal Arsenal Riverside by delivering the energy centre and district heating network and would like to congratulate our clients who have always been 100% committed to creating a truly sustainable community which is bringing much needed homes to London.”

Royal Arsenal Riverside has been shortlisted in the District Heating Project of the Year category, which the team also won in both 2015 and 2016.

Construction on The Royal Arsenal Riverside development is set to continue until 2032 and, when complete, will serve 3,700 homes as well as shops, offices and leisure facilities across the 76 acre site.

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