The University of Northampton in the UK is relocating to its new £330m Waterside Campus, located  on a 58 acre brownfield site, and Vital Energi have completed the 1,600m district heating network which will carry low-carbon heat and hot water throughout the campus.


The £1.25 million design and build contract was scheduled for 35 weeks and Vital were responsible for delivering the district heating network and other utilities including HV cabling, cold water and gas pipework.

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Contracts Director, Steve Webster said, “This is a major development for the area, so it is fantastic to see that the university have put district heating at the heart of their energy infrastructure, creating a low-carbon, efficient network which can deliver green heat and hot water for decades to come.


“It is encouraging to see a brownfield site, which housed a power station and cosmetics factory, transformed into a vibrant and bustling campus and we are delighted to have worked in partnership with the University to deliver the multi-utility infrastructure behind it.”


The new campus, which is scheduled to open in September 2018, will provide state-of-the-art academic facilities for 15,000 students, residential facilities for 1,200 students and leisure facilities.


Bob Griggs, Project Director at the University of Northampton said, “Developing the University’s commitment to our sustainability agenda and environmental infrastructure has been a key factor in the development of the University’s Waterside Campus, working with Vital Energi we have a sustainable, future proof heating network which will service the campus well.”