Centre will serve the first phase of the Royal Albert Dock redevelopment

Vital Energi has been named as the preferred partner by Advanced Business Park (ABP) to build a £7.9 million energy centre at London’s Royal Albert Dock.

The temporary energy centre and district heating network will serve the first phase of the 4.7 million sq ft mixed-use development, which is set to become London’s next business district in a £1.7 billion project.

The centre will include two 5MW gas boilers, one 100m3 insulated thermal store, four 1.2MW air-cooled chillers and a BMS control system.

It will supply 50,000m2 of commercial space via a 2.6km district heating and cooling network and is complete with packaged plate heat exchangers to serve each of the buildings connected in phase one.

The designers have produced the district heating network by using 3D modelling software, usually associated with designing energy centres. 

“The Royal Albert Dock is one of three projects where we are installing both district heating and cooling networks, which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK,’ said Vital Energi’s regional director, Rob Callaghan.

“It has been fantastic to work alongside other highly acclaimed businesses through the consultancy stage and we look forward to delivering the energy solution for this exciting new development at Royal Albert Dock.”

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