New district heating network – and first large-scale water source heat pump scheme of its kind in Scotland – is promoted at the UK’s leading energy event

Innovative project is set to transform Clydebank into Scotland’s greenest town

The Energy Centre being developed at Queens Quay – the £250million mixed-use regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank, Glasgow – will be promoted at the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, All-Energy.

The 19th All-Energy, and co-located inaugural co-located Dcarbonise – focussing on energy efficiency and low carbon heat and transport – takes place at Glasgow’s SEC on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May. The major event features 250 exhibiting companies and over 450 conference and seminar speakers.

With innovation and sustainability as its central themes, the event will provide an ideal platform to promote the Queens Quay Energy Centre and District Heating Network.  Featuring the first large-scale water source heat pump scheme of its kind in Scotland, this will serve the entire 80-acre Queen’s Quay residential-led mixed-use development and beyond – making Clydebank the greenest town in Scotland.

Once a thriving industrial yard where the QE2 and Queen Mary ocean liners were built, Queens Quay is opening up an area of Clydebank which has been derelict for a number of years, whilst creating much-needed housing and other amenities in a great location overlooking the River Clyde. The ambitious project will transform the area into a vibrant waterside community featuring a diverse range of properties including 1,400 homes, 500,000 sq ft of commercial space, a state-of-the-art £19m health centre, a £10m care home and a major hotel. 

The Energy Centre at the heart of the development has been designed to create an attractive feature within Queens Quay, complementing the historic Titan Crane, a major local landmark.  Using heat pumps to extract water from the River Clyde, giving the District Heating Network a direct link to natural resources, the Energy Centre will generate heat which will be pumped through 2.5km of district heating pipes connecting local housing, businesses and public buildings. 

The 100% carbon-free system is designed on a modular basis to enable expansion in the future and the capability to add connectivity to the nearby Golden Jubilee Hospital and wider Clydebank area – making the network effective and efficient from both technical and financial perspectives. Additional piping will be located in the wider area to facilitate connections to new homes, as well as public buildings such as Clydebank College and Leisure Centre, and into the town centre.

The Energy Centre will also accommodate gas boilers, pressurisation units and distribution pumps as a means of resilience, together with a building control and management system to operate and monitor operations which are generally controlled remotely with no requirement for permanent staff.

The Queens Quay site is owned by Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) and the regeneration project is being part-funded by West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) which will own and run the District Heating Network to ensure security of supply and reduced tariffs for customers. The Scottish Government has invested £6million of funding towards the system via its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, with WDC covering the remaining £6million.

CRL and development partner Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd are working in partnership with the local authority to deliver the Energy Centre in association with energy solution specialists Vital Energi, energy consultancy Atkins and Star Renewable Energy.  Civil engineering contractor I & H Brown is undertaking the groundworks on-site and Muir Construction commenced construction of the Energy Centre in November 2018.  The innovative new facility is due for completion in Spring 2020.

Paul O’Donnell of Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd said:  “The Energy Centre at Queens Quay will harness the sustainable energy of the River Clyde to create a District Heating Network which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide cost-effective energy solutions. This is the first time an ambitious system like this is being installed in Scotland so we’re very excited about realising our vision for it in order to benefit the residents and businesses of Clydebank and beyond for generations to come.”