Due for completion next to London’s Canary Wharf in 2009, the UK’s tallest residential building is to include a state-of-the-art, CHP-based community heating scheme and will thus make a high-profile contribution to London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s ‘green’ capital.

The CHP technology will enable the iconic Pan Peninsula development to generate its own heat and electricity on-site, helping to reduce energy bills and reduce its carbon footprint. Compared to a conventional electricity grid supply and condensing boiler technology, the CHP system is expected to cut emissions by 207 tonnes per year.

The CHP system, manufactured by Manchester-based cogeneration specialist Ener-g Combined Power, is part of a mechanical and electrical installation programme being carried out by Haydon Mechanical & Electrical for Ballymore Properties. It uses an Ener-g 135 gas-powered reciprocating engine running at 1500 rpm, with a synchronous generator, electrical output of 135 kW, heat output of 215 kW and acoustic enclosure. It also features on-board computer control, protection and remote monitoring.

Built on a site previously occupied by a much smaller office building, the development will see two towers rise high over London’s skyline. At 149 metres, the larger tower will not only be the tallest residential development in the country, but also Britain’s 12th highest building. And only the Canary Wharf tower has more than Pan Peninsula’s 50 floors.