Network Rail pushes ahead with DE plans

Infrastructure company Network Rail’s new Milton Keynes HQ in the UK is set to save 700 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year by connecting to local CHP plant.

Network Rail’s new headquarters is set to save 700 tonnes of CO2 each year by connecting to a local district energy scheme.

Network Rail HQ powered by CHP
Heat and electricity for the 37,000 square metre office in Milton Keynes, known as The Quadrant:MK, comes from a combined heat and power (CHP) plant owned and operated by Thameswey Energy, an Energy Services Company (ESCO) formed by Woking Borough Council in 1999.

Founded as a partnership between the Thameswey Group and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in 2007, the CHP system supplies over 4,000,000 kWh of electricity and 2,000,000 kWh of heat through over 1.5km of super insulated district heating pipe.

Thameswey says buildings connected to the plant can cut their emissions by up to 30 per cent compared to traditional sources of energy.

The Quadrant:MK is the largest single building to sign up to the scheme and joins the Pinnacle MK office development, the Vizion residential development, a Sainsbury’s supermarket, and retail quarter the Hub MK.

The building, set to be Network Rail’s new HQ, has a host of otherà‚ energy efficiencyà‚ features, including shaded glass and natural ventilation to reduce the need for air conditioning, as well as living roofs, rainwater recycling, andà‚ electricà‚ carà‚ charging points.

John Thorp, managing director for the Thameswey Group, said Network Rail’s decision to connect to the district heating scheme showed the company’s commitment to reducingà‚ carbonà‚ emissions.

“The new connection marks a step change in district energy within Milton Keynes, as building owners realise the positive benefits of connecting to a local, efficiently generated source of energy,” he added.

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