EMCOR Group (UK) has reached a milestone in its infrastructure upgrade project at the University of Liverpool in north-west England, by topping out the new £14 million, CHP-based energy centre at the site. The 47 metre chimney is the highest point of the development.

The heating infrastructure project comprises both a new energy centre and an upgrade of the existing campus energy infrastructure. The new energy centre will produce power for the University of Liverpool at a more economical rate than buying it commercially, and will supply heat to most of the University’s buildings. The installation of a gas powered CHP unit and associated combination boiler will provide electricity and high-temperature heat. In addition, the project will centralize the heating infrastructure of the entire university campus and will decommission the existing plant and demolish the boiler house.

The new energy centre will enable the University to meet its energy and environmental objectives, reducing its annual energy consumption by over 13000 MWh and carbon dioxide emissions by over 1500 tonnes, says EMCOR. Additionally, the partnership between principal contractor EMCOR and the University of Liverpool has seen the construction project become an on-campus educational resource for the students, providing a new vocational dimension to their education.

EMCOR’s solution reaches beyond the construction site and gives the University of Liverpool’s civil engineering students the opportunity to experience a live construction environment and engage with EMCOR’s project team to learn about various aspects of construction. Students and staff can also view progress on a specially installed webcam.