Glasgow’s Wyndford Estate is home to one of the UK’s largest retrofit district heating schemes. It has been praised by politicians, won the 2013 ADE ‘Campus and Community Award’ and signals the way forward for similar schemes in the future.
We won Cube Housing Association’s contract to design, build, own and operate the district heating scheme. Part of a £27 million redevelopment, Cube wanted to tackle fuel poverty and improve their residents’ comfort and quality of life.
It was a challenging project. In less than 12 months, a substantial 1.2MWe Combined Heat and Power facility was built on site, with almost 5km of insulated pipes providing on-demand heating and hot water to more than 1800 homes.
The project also involved an extensive communications programme to provide every customer with energy efficiency information and to explain how the new system and its tariffs worked. A Low User Tariff was also developed to ensure that the most vulnerable tenants were able to heat their homes affordably.