Developer Peel has announced that the landmark 60-hectare Liverpool Waters development will include a district heating network that will deliver low carbon heating and hot water to buildings.
Unlike conventional heating systems where individual properties have their own boilers, heat networks link multiple buildings in an area to a single heat source connected by underground pipes.
Under the name of Mersey Heat, Peel Energy will be responsible for the construction and operation of the network, which will provide low cost, reliable heating to the development’s occupiers.
‘Delivering a sustainable community’
It will be the latest major district heating network project in the North West, following on from Manchester city centre’s Civic Quarter Heat Network.
Darran Lawless, development director for Liverpool Waters, added: “Liverpool Waters includes the regeneration of 60 hectares of former dockland to create a high quality, mixed use waterfront development which will bring huge commercial and retail opportunity as well as over 9,000 new homes.
“The fact we can offer low cost, low carbon heat to a development on this scale is a fantastic step forward in us delivering a sustainable community where people can live, work and play.”
The network will be Peel’s second, after a successful installation at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays in 2009.
As well as providing electricity and useable heat through a combined heat and power (CHP) generator, the MediaCityUK system works in conjunction with a canal water cooling system to keep buildings cool in summer.
The government is investing £320 million in heat networks to emulate European countries like Denmark, where heat networks provide more than 60 per cent of space and water heating.